“In a move that could shake-up next year’s race for Florida governor, the FBI has launched an investigation into redevelopment deals involving prominent business owners and developers in the state capital. Federal grand jury subpoenas this month seek five years of records from the city of Tallahassee and a local redevelopment agency that involve high profile projects and developers including an ally of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D). Gillum … is not named in the subpoenas to the city and agency.” (AP)
BIG PICTURE. “[I]t’s not the direction of Gillum’s fundraising which should concern Democratic primary voters. Rather, it’s the narrative of the last ten months. Gillum has been at the center of one controversy after another. … None of these individually—and even all of it together—would be enough to drive Gillum from the race. … But Gillum will never win the general election. Not with the FBI lurking around the City of Tallahassee. … As long as Gillum is in the race, there’s no dislodging the black vote from him. Deep down,” former Rep. Gwen Graham (D) and housing investor Chris King (D) “know this.” (Florida Politics)
“The unprecedented surge in grassroots energy and activity should bode well for downtrodden Florida Democrats heading into the 2018 midterms, but it belies a grimmer reality: The state party that won one of the past 13 Florida Cabinet races and zero of the past five governor’s races, remains as much of a darkhorse as ever, with fundamental questions about resources and competence.” (Tampa Bay Times)
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