Will 'Hamilton' ticket revelations, Federal Bureau of Investigation probe trip up Andrew Gillum's campaign?

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum speaks to supporters after he was endorsed by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello during a campaign rally on Oct. 1 in Kissimmee

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum speaks to supporters after he was endorsed by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello during a campaign rally on Oct. 1 in Kissimmee

In a September 4 news release, Gillum's campaign said his brother Marcus gave him the ticket.

"Some of this is generationally driven".

"I don't know how many voters it's going to affect but. he's now back on his heels", said Brian Burgess, a Tallahassee GOP consultant and former spokesman for Gov.

"What I wanted to make sure that folks understood was that these messages only confirm what we have said all along", he insisted.

Gillum's opponent Rep. Ron DeSantis was in Orlando Tuesday for an event and spoke to reporters about the new information.

DeSantis, however, mentioned the Broadway tickets several times during the course of the debate. "It was disappointing to see it disintegrate into personal attacks, and it makes it hard for people who are encouraging civic engagement". Gillum said he would push for an expansion of Medicaid to bring 800,000 low-income Floridians into the program.

Gillum, who has been the target of a racist robo-call campaign, was at pains to paint his opponent as a political extremist who panders to xenophobes for support. When asked these and other controversial moments, DeSantis pushed back on the racist insinuations while declaring "I am not going to bow down to the altar of political correctness".

Since the opening days of the general election contest between Gillum and DeSantis, race has been a subtext, with DeSantis receiving criticism for his choice of words during an interview with Fox News.

Text messages between Gillum and former lobbyist Adam Corey, who arranged outings with undercover agents looking into city government corruption, were among more than 100 pages of records Corey gave the ethics commission, which is investigating trips to Costa Rica and NY that Gillum took in 2016...

DeSantis' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "I went to 'Hamilton.' A friend of mine got me access to the tickets, and I paid for the tickets. As my grandmother used to say, 'Always tell the truth, because when you tell the truth, you don't have to worry about lies, you don't have to worry about covering up for lies.' So as long as I'm breathing, that's my goal: to be honest and forthright".

The two Florida Democratic Party county chairs who received the robocall Tuesday morning said they believe it is targeting black Democratic leaders in the state and is aimed at keeping Gillum's supporters away from the polls. A note next to it said, "HOLD ON BILLING".

Like he did during the pair's first meeting on CNN Sunday night, Gillum also sought to turn the issue around on DeSantis by pointing to what he described as Republicans' shoddy treatment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Capitol Hill.

DeSantis replied, 'Businesses will leave the state, people will lose jobs and we'll stop people from investing in Florida. In August, DeSantis warned voters not to "monkey this up", which many called out for being a racist dog whistle.

"Some people were paying more for premiums than for rent, so people couldn't afford it".

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