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Thursday, July 7, 2022

DeSantis drops accusation against former rival Andrew Gillum, says he had a lot of problems ‘under the hood’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed his former political rival Andrew Gillum on Thursday, saying the recently indicted politician was spoiled for coverage during the 2018 gubernatorial election despite having “troubles under the hood.”

“I would ask the many media outlets that supported him if they have any fault in this,” he said after being asked about the allegations at an unrelated press conference. “There were obviously a lot of problems. If you looked under the hood, you would see it.”

On Wednesday, Gillum and his partner were indicted on a 21-count federal indictment in which they were charged with misuse of campaign contributions.

Federal prosecutors said former Tallahassee Mayor Gillum and Sharon Lettman-Hicks allegedly diverted donations to personal accounts and disguised them as payroll.

Gillum faces up to 20 years in prison for the charges against him.

“It was presented to the public that this guy was the second coming,” DeSantis said. “If I hadn’t won in 2018, this fortune would have been in a much worse state.”

Once considered a future Democrat star in Florida, Gillum narrowly lost to DeSantis with just 30,000 votes after a fierce campaign.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the Sunshine State will be in decline if Gillum wins the 2018 election.
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Andrew Gillum
Andrew Gillum and his partner were indicted in a 21-count federal indictment in which they were charged with misuse of campaign donations.
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Gillum, who is married with children, was later found in a Miami Beach hotel room with a male escort and drugs in 2020. He cited his chagrin at the governor’s defeat and increased dependence on alcohol when explaining the incident.

Meanwhile, DeSantis sidestepped the issue of a potential 2024 presidential candidacy by telling reporters he is focused on being re-elected to his current post in November.

The polarizing Republican has become the star of the Republican Party in recent months, and rumors are growing that he could take on former President Donald Trump for party supremacy.

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