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FBI Investigating Gillum’s Tallahassee

Both his candidacy and the state party face obstacles.

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June 23, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

“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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