The leftist machine of mainstream media is caught in a Catch-22 with Andrew Gillum. On one hand, they are forced to report about how he has avoided, sidestepped, and even outright lied about the FBI corruption investigation looking into him and his connection to lobbyists. On the other hand, they really, really want him to beat the Republican running for Florida governor, Ron DeSantis.
Today’s document dump has put mainstream media outlets in the precarious situation of needing to report his lies without acknowledging that they are, indeed, bald faced lies. He’s not making it easy on them because he continues to lie about attempts by FBI agents posing as businessmen trying to win favor from him through elicit purchases on his behalf. He’s playing the smokescreen game so poorly, even the NY Times and CNN are forced to acknowledge his explanations are feeble.
At issue is a 2016 trip to New York, where the group saw the hit musical “Hamilton.” Gillum’s campaign has said his brother was the source for his ticket. But within the nearly 150 pages of records provided on Tuesday by Corey to ethics officials, text messages between Gillum and Corey present a murkier picture.
In a message from August 8, 2016, Corey texts Gillum saying, “Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8pm,” then asks if Gillum can join them and notes: “I think your brother has already arrived by the way.”
I would post the NT Times story now, but their paywall means most wouldn’t be able to read it. Instead, here’s a snippet from the Miami Herald:
Gillum has repeatedly given vague answers to questions about who paid for the New York City trip. His avoidance of a direct answer became pronounced during a Sunday debate on CNN between DeSantis and Gillum.
The new records go beyond Broadway tickets.
They show that undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen were working for months to get an out-of-state meeting with Gillum, and that Gillum appeared willing to oblige them.
This is a major blow to a campaign that has been the centerpiece of the Democrats’ push to occupy more governors’ mansion. Do the people of Florida want someone challenged by poor ethics and vast corruption running their state?