The U.S. would be light years away from where it is now if Andrew Gillum defeated Ron DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial race in 2018.
DeSantis’ policies have made a significant impact not just in his state, but across the country, especially during the pandemic, when the Florida Governor became the leading voice of reason.
DeSantis only narrowly defeated Andrew Gillum, 42, in 2018, but, as they say, a victory is a victory.
Gillum was considering the next Barack Obama and the Democrat Party’s poster boy — their up-and-coming rising star meant to trounce the GOP into submission. He’s the correct race, the correct sexuality, in the correct state, at the correct time in history — no Republican could touch him.
Until DeSantis came around.
Now, unfortunately for liberals, Gillum has been exposed as a career fraudster and was indicted on Wednesday.
Andrew Gillum and Sharon Lettman-Hicks, the CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition, are facing 21 counts that include wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced.
“Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political,” Gillum said.
The failed gubernatorial candidate is facing numerous charges, including making false statements to the FBI, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. The wire fraud charges can include a maximum of 20 years in prison, and the conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges can include up to 20 years behind bars as well.
Between 2016 and 2019, Gillum and Lettman-Hicks committed and conspired to commit wire fraud by allegedly securing money from various groups through false promises and using the funds for personal use, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida alleged. [source: The Washington Examiner]
Federal prosecutors said that “both defendants are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud” while Gillum “is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
“On or about June 14, 2017, Gillum voluntarily agreed to speak with FBI agents,” the federal indictment said.
“During the conversation, Gillum falsely represented that Southern Pines representatives never offered Gillum anything or gave to Gillum anything and that Gillum stopped having communications with Southern Pines representatives about the campaign contributions following their attempt to link the campaign contributions to support for potential projects in Tallahassee.”
Southern Pines was pursuing development contracts throughout Tallahassee at the time. The indictment contended that “these statements and representations were false” because “as Gillum then well knew, Southern Pines did offer and give to Gillum a hotel room, meals, a boat tour of New York Harbor, and tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton, which was paid for by Southern Pines representatives.” Gillum also “continued to communicate” with Southern Pines representatives related to those representatives contributing to his campaign even after they attempted to link the money to possible Tallahassee projects, further underscoring that he was lying, according to the federal indictment.
This isn’t the first unethical run-in Gillum’s had.
As mayor of Tallahassee, Gillum accepted free boat rides and theater tickets as gifts — a big no, no. He defended himself, claiming he believed the tickets came from a friend when in fact they came from an undercover FBI officer.
Additionally, the former mayor was in the company of men who were in possession of several small baggies of crystal meth. He was not arrested and denied using drugs at the time.
He’s since ‘come out’ publically as bisexual.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney