The Florida Gubernatorial debate was a fan-freaking-tastic. If you missed it, here’s the best moment.
The two candidates squared off in a debate moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. Former Republican Congressman, Ron DeSantis, certainly got the better of his opponent, the Great Socialist Hope, Andrew Gillum.
Gillum’s campaign has been plagued by an ongoing FBI investigation into corruption in the Tallahassee city government. Unfortunately for Gillum, the investigation has been successful — it has managed to catch Gillum’s former campaign treasurer and friend, Adam Corey, in its net.
When questioned by Tapper, Gillum first played defense, then attempted to deflect to his opponent.
It all went horribly, horribly wrong for Gillum.
From the video:
TAPPER: The FBI has been investigating potential corruption in Tallahassee now for three years. The probe appears to include lobbyists and former campaign treasurer for you, Adam Corey. You’ve been trying to distance yourself from Corey but you have been friends with him for more than a decade, and two trips that you took together are part of the investigation. How can Floridians trust your judgment when someone under FBI investigation was part of your inner circle?
GILLUM: Yeah. Well, you know, we all have friends that sometimes let us down, and the truth is, let me be very clear about what the record is. I am not under FBI investigation and neither is my city government. And what we have done is we’ve welcomed them in. If there is someone who has something wrong, they ought to be held fully accountable for their actions. We’ve made every public record available on a publicly searchable website in our city. Contrast how I’ve dealt with the FBI by comparison to how Mr. DeSantis deals with the FBI. He has gone out of his way before he quit his job in Congress to protect Donald Trump, to curb the inquiry by Mr. Mueller. He has gone even so far as to suggest that some deep state is at work to undermine the presidency. I mean, he’s a conspiracy theorist, if you will. So if you take the way we’ve dealt with their investigation as opposed to how Mr. DeSantis has dealt with it, I’ll take our example every single day of the week.
DESANTIS: The difference between Andrew and me is that when I dealt with the FBI as a prosecutor, I was working hand in hand with them to bring people to justice. When Andrew deals with them, he’s dealing with an undercover agent posing as a contractor who he was on a junket within New York City. You went to a Broadway show with an undercover FBI agent. You went to Costa Rica with these same lobbyists. And guess what happened? The lobbyists that wined and dined Andrew, they got a $2 million grant from the city government. So, to me, corruption is when you’re in a position of power, you’re getting something you shouldn’t have had. He shouldn’t have gotten the Broadway tickets, he shouldn’t have gotten the trip to Costa Rica and then you give something to someone in return. He gave $2 million to those same lobbyists.
Did you notice that Gillum never answered the question about the Hamilton tickets?
That wasn’t by accident.
So much for ‘transparency’.
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