admin Posted August 29, 2018 Share Posted August 29, 2018 Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday warned Florida voters not to "monkey this up" by voting for his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Andrew Gillum. “You know, this is a guy, although he’s much too liberal for Florida, I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee," DeSantis said of the Democratic mayor during an appearance on Fox News. DeSantis, who won his GOP primary the previous night, called Gillum "an articulate spokesman for those far-left views" and a "charismatic candidate" after his upset Democratic primary victory the previous night. “I watched those Democrats debate and none of that is just my cup of tea, but he performed better than the other people there, so we gotta work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction,” DeSantis said. He then launched an attack on Gillum, a candidate backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who would be the first black governor of Florida if elected, accusing him of embracing a "socialist agenda." “Let’s build off the success we’ve had on Gov. Scott. The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases bankrupting the state. That is not going to work," DeSantis said. Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo slammed DeSantis after the interview. "It's disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles," Rizzo said in a statement. Geoff Burgan, Gillum's campaign spokesman, told the Tallahassee Democrat that his campaign was letting Rizzo respond to DeSantis's comments. "DeSantis's comments speak for themselves," he said. The Florida Republican's remarks came shortly after Gillum pulled off a stunning win in Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday night. DeSantis, who was endorsed by President Trump in the race, also won his party's primary to compete for the seat held by retiring Gov. Rick Scott (R). Gillum said in an interview with CNN later on Wednesday morning that he believes Florida and its "rich diversity" are going to be looking for a governor who "is going to bring us together, not divide us. Not misogynist, not racist, not bigots." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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