A new report from The Tampa Bay Times is shedding even more light on Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum’s astonishing dishonesty.
According to text messages that the Florida Commission on Ethics procured via subpoena, Gillum received a ticket to the Broadway show Hamilton from an undercover FBI agent on a trip to New York City in 2016.
On top of this new evidence, records show that Gillum and his campaign lied to voters about the Hamilton ticket on at least five different occasions, insisting that “I never took anything I did not pay for myself.” Just last Sunday, when asked about the ticket during a CNN debate, Gillum said that he pays “for his own vacations” and “that he didn’t get anything…for free.”
Andrew Gillum took a gift from an undercover FBI agent, then repeatedly lied about it to voters. Floridians can’t trust him to be ethical and they can’t trust him to be honest.
Undercover FBI agents were the ones who gave Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum a ticket to the Broadway show Hamiltonduring a trip to New York City in 2016, according to a trove of records given to the ethics commission and released to the public today.
Text messages between Gillum and former lobbyist Adam Corey, who arranged outings with undercover agents looking into city corruption, were among more than 100 pages of records Corey gave the ethics commission, which is investigating trips to Costa Rica and New York that Gillum took in 2016.
Corey's lawyer, Chris Kise, released the records today, just two weeks before the election, because the state ethics commission issued a subpoena for the records just last week.
The text messages show that, contrary to what his campaign has said, Gillum knew the tickets came from "Mike Miller," who was an FBI agent posing as a developer looking into city corruption.
"Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.," Corey texted Gillum on Aug. 10, 2016.
"Awesome news about Hamilton," Gillum replied, according to the records.
The texts appear to refute what Gillum's campaign said just days after his unlikely win in the Democratic primary for Florida governor.
The campaign said in a Sept. 4 press release that Gillum's brother, Marcus, gave him the ticket.