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Authorities to Investigate Gillum for Potential City Fund Misuse

Bob Buckhorn isn’t endorsing a candidate in the primary yet.

March 10, 2017, 10:52 a.m.

“The Le­on County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will in­vest­ig­ate wheth­er” Tal­l­a­hassee May­or An­drew Gil­lum’s (D) “of­fice broke the law when it used tax­pay­er fun­ded soft­ware to send emails with polit­ic­al mes­sages.”

Sher­iff Walt McNeil on Thursday: “We are go­ing to re­view it, in­vest­ig­ate it and see if it has suf­fi­cient prob­able cause. … And once we’ve com­pleted an in­vest­ig­a­tion, (we’ll) sub­mit it back to the State At­tor­ney’s Of­fice to see if there is suf­fi­cient prob­able cause to in­dic­ate that a crime has oc­curred.” (Tal­l­a­hassee Demo­crat)

“State At­tor­ney Jack Camp­bell has launched an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the al­leged ac­tions of the Tal­l­a­hassee May­or after re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint let­ter from a re­tired Jef­fer­son County law en­force­ment of­ficer and in­vest­ig­at­or. … Paul Henry, who said he is also a mem­ber of the Jef­fer­son County Grand Jury, re­ques­ted a Le­on County Grand Jury in­vest­ig­ate … Gil­lum for al­legedly pur­chas­ing ‘sev­er­al thou­sands of dol­lars of polit­ic­al soft­ware via pub­lic funds’ and pos­sibly com­mit­ting grand theft … and of­fi­cial mis­con­duct.” (Tal­l­a­hassee Re­ports)

BUCK THE TREND. Tampa May­or Bob Buck­horn’s (D) “an­nounce­ment today that he won’t run for gov­ernor in 2018 means there is a good chance Flor­ida voters will see a gov­ernor’s race un­like any oth­er for nearly two dec­ades: A race for gov­ernor without a Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee from Tampa Bay. Not since” former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) eas­ily de­feated Lt. Gov. Buddy MacK­ay in 1998 has Flor­ida faced a Tampa Bay-free choice for gov­ernor, let alone have Demo­crats nom­in­ated someone from out­side of Tampa Bay. (Tampa Bay Times)

”Buck­horn wouldn’t say wheth­er he had an early fa­vor­ite to suc­ceed” Gov. Rick Scott (R), “but em­phas­ized the need for a ‘re­gime change.’ He ac­know­ledged that it’s dif­fi­cult to de­term­ine what a suc­cess­ful can­did­ate looks like fol­low­ing Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump’s win and up­heav­al of con­ven­tion­al polit­ics. … To Buck­horn, ex­per­i­ence and the abil­ity to work across party lines are key com­pon­ents to polit­ic­al gov­ernance.”

Buck­horn of Demo­crats: “They have two choices. … Either ex­treme left, or they can craft an eco­nom­ic mes­sage that ap­peals to the voters of Flor­ida that don’t live in the cit­ies.” (Tampa Bay Busi­ness Journ­al)

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