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Andrew Gillum's Star Is Rising

February 7, 2018 - 6:30pm

The people who are/were behind the smear campaign against Andrew Gillum have to be crying to country music right now. 

Or at least making up a verse or two.

The inadvertent release of the FBI warrant for Scott Maddox and Paige Carter-Smith all but killed their year-long attempt to paint Gillum as the object of the Tallahassee FBI investigation.

Now, the word on the street was that the Gwen Graham campaign was behind most of it. After all, she knows Gillum evokes far more enthusiasm than she does, right?

Right.

What better way to kill off an opponent than to make donors and voters think an indictment is imminent?

Only it wasn’t and isn’t. And Gillum didn’t go away. Nor did his die-hard supporters.

Things are only going to get better for Andrew Gillum from here. His interview on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club, was a smash.

  • Black voters love Andrew Gillum.
  • Progressive voters love Andrew Gillum.
  • White voters love Andrew Gillum.
  • Young voters love Andrew Gillum.
  • Old voters love Andrew Gillum.

He is the only candidate who can pull voters in every Democratic voting block.

If Democrats want to see an over-performance in voter turnout, a la Virginia and Alabama, there is only one candidate capable of making that happen.

Andrew Gillum.

People flock to see him wherever he goes, and they aren’t disappointed when they get there.

He was the star of the Miami Women’s March, and the FBI warrant hadn’t been divulged. The cheers and applause for Gillum were louder than they were for Graham, a woman.

I know that a poll was released shortly after the FBI warrant, showing that Graham was the front runner. 

A poll also was released showing Hillary Clinton was beating Barack Obama AND Donald Trump.

She lost both times.

Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1

Comments

This person has made one too many stops at the minute market for a six pack.

Define the word Love?????? quoting the article....it is not based upon the normal definition of Love. "Black voters love Andrew Gillum. Progressive voters love Andrew Gillum. White voters love Andrew Gillum. Young voters love Andrew Gillum. Old voters love Andrew Gillum."

No to all democrats that are currently candidates... signed Richard a democrat for more years than others

Computer will not allow me to post............it is controlling my words

I find it interesting that every single elected official in the City of Tallahassee or the County of Leon has declined to endorse Andrew Gillum. The people who know him the best and work with him every day dont endorse him? Thats sure an interesting piece of evidence against him now isnt it. And stop blaming Gwen Graham for this. And spreading rumors that her dad and his former staff are running the investigation in Tallahassee. Its pitiful to hear the spin on this one. Just pitiful. He made his own bed. Lie in it with that informant

Don't 'gloat',..and take "FBI investigations" with a BIG "grain of salt" !

I love you C Breeze!!

How is this not listed as "opinion editorial content". I mean Ms. Rimes is certainly entitled to her opinion, inaccurate and racists as it is (crying to country music) but to present this is as "news" is laughable and a huge lapse in judgement from SSN. Gillum isn't losing because of the FBI, he is losng because he isn't capable of effectively running the City of Tallahassee, much less the state of Florida and people know this, we see it in our high(est) crime rate, lagging economic growth, high taxation, etc. I'm hoping to at least see other pro-candidate op-eds like this in the future or I would suggest considering claiming this as an in-kind contribution.

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