Boy, that would be hard.
The FBI recently cleared Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum of suspicion over an email scandal which has dogged the politician’s gubernatorial campaign.
Unfortunately for Gillum, no one could ever clear him of his awful record.
As mayor, Gillum has managed to come up with some solid reasons for why he shouldn’t be elected dog-catcher, let alone Governor of the State of Florida.
Under his mayorship, Tallahassee ranked as the most dangerous city in Florida.
One would imagine the state capital, where the Governor lives and the Legislature meets, would be ones of the safest places in Florida.
Under Gillum’s watch, that has proven to be false.
The fact is, Tallahassee has the highest crime rates per capita of any other city in Florida. For every 100,000 residents, 767 were victims of violent crimes in 2015 – Gillum’s first full year in office.
That’s hardly a comforting thought for the tens of thousands of parents who send their kids to Tallahassee each year for college.
He placed partisan politics over the well-being of his citizens.
After thousands of the city’s residents were left without power in the wake of Hurricane Hermine, Gillum let politics stand in the way of help.
When Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Transportation offered to help Tallahassee Utilities’ overwhelmed crews get the grid working again, he largely refused. For a candidate who claims Floridians need to build each other up, Gillum seems very good at turning fellow citizens away.
(Except in the case of un-vetted, Syrian refugees. Gillum welcomed those.)
Due to the mayor’s inaction, much of Tallahassee was in the dark for more than a week.
It’s worth noting that Florida is the state most likely to be impacted by hurricanes. In those circumstances, the office Gillum now seeks would be in charge of overseeing preparation and recovery efforts statewide.
He believes raising taxes solves everything.
When Gillum came into office in 2015, the city had more than a budget surplus of over $14 million. Still, the new mayor advocated for a 13% property tax hike which passed in 2016.
Several opposed him, claiming that there were other ways to address the city’s spending problem. Instead, he laid the blame on Leon County Commissioners who had deferred the city’s need for revenue for several years.
Rather than making an attempt to re-think spending or cut costs, the tax hike made it across the finish line with Gillum’s help. Of course, now the working-class families, small businesses, and college students can pick up the tab with increased rent payments.
It’s still unclear how Tallahassee taxpayers actually benefit from this forced investment.
He’s just another liberal sellout.
Gillum’s claims about being an outsider are bogus. He’s held elected office since graduating college at the age of 23.
In addition, Gillum is now being accused of using former Gov. Charlie Crist’s email fundraising list. The evidence lies in the small donations he received from Crist donors likely as the result of a targeted email campaign.
On the other hand, one of his biggest donors is billionaire George Soros – to the tune of about $100,000. Hollywood actress Jane Fonda also contributed a hefty amount.
With five strikes already against him, why would any serious donor place their eggs in the Gillum basket? With no name recognition, no money in the bank, no record worth touting and no message worth repeating, why should Gillum stay in the race?
It seems to just be what he does. Win or lose, running for office appears to be the only thing Gillum is any good at. Governing definitely isn’t one of them.
So, would Gillum make a better governor than he does a mayor?
It’s probably best if Florida never finds out.