Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate running for governor of Florida, is drawing fire for his positions on economic issues and education from a prominent group that supports free market solutions and expanded school choice options.
Americans for Prosperity-Action (AFP-Action) announced on Wednesday morning that it was launching a new digital ad featuring a Web video and a direct mail campaign focusing on Gillum who is leading former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in most recent polls.
AFP-Action Senior Advisor Chris Hudson, who leads the Florida chapter of Americans for Prosperity, offered his take on Gillum, painting the Tallahassee mayor as far too extreme and liberal for the Sunshine State.
“Andrew Gillum’s agenda is too extreme for Florida,” Hudson said on Wednesday. “His plan for the economy? Raise taxes that hurt Florida businesses and families. His plan for health-care? Take away your health insurance and cut access to Floridians on Medicaid by expanding a broken system. His plan for education? Destroy successful programs that give students a hand up in achieving their goals. We can’t afford Andrew Gillum.”
AFP-Action hit Gillum for backing Medicaid expansion, a single-payer health-care system and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., “Medicare for All” plan. Sanders endorsed Gillum before the Democratic gubernatorial primary at the end of August. AFP-Action also jabbed Gillum for backing increased taxes on businesses to pay for his plans. On education, AFP-Action took aim at Gillum for opposing school choice, including charter schools.
The digital ad showcases Florida’s current economic situation, which includes a low unemployment rate and record tourism numbers for the first half of 2018, and warns that Gillum’s proposal for higher taxes on businesses could undermine that growth.