Gillum answers with a charge that DeSantis charges $ 145,000 in tax credits for "Faux News"

Weaponized text messages unleashed moderator explosions and referrals during the closing debate between prime candidates for the Florida Governor's Rally in 2018.

Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum called each other liars and unable to be governor, in a dustwash over text messages between Gillum and a longtime friend / lobbyist. The news is contained in a series of travel documents published by the lawyer for Gillum's longtime friend Adam Corey on Tuesday.

Gillum retorted the fire by demanding that DeSantis publish his Congressional travelogues, which Gillum revealed to Republicans charged taxpayers for trips to appear on cable news channels.

Both the FBI and the travel stories were first reported by the USA TODAY NETWORK Florida and have become central themes in the campaign.

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The textual news contradicts Gillum's earlier statements about tickets to the Broadway show "Hamilton." They also throw another light on a trip to Costa Rica with lobbyists who had shops outside the city.

Twice Debate Moderator Todd McDermott reminded the two candidates that no one could hear them when they talked.

When Skirmish first broke out, McDermott gave the contestants scope to break the deadlines for their answers. But as the bickering continued and became more controversial while all three men spoke simultaneously, McDermott advised the candidate that he would not extend the time.


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The first clash occurred seven minutes after the one-hour debate when DeSantis aired the text messages while talking about what he called Gillum's lack of support for prosecution.

The nonsense he did not pay in Costa Rica, about $ 1,000. They had shops outside the city, these lobbyists. Guess what? Andrew got things he should not have got, and they got a $ 2 million deal from Tallahassee City. That's corruption if you get something you should not have, "DeSantis said." He did not say anything about it. "

Gillum stated that DeSantis misrepresented the facts about the Broadway show and was vacationing with his He has said that his GOP rival wants to talk about something else because he lacks a set of political proposals to lead Florida.

"The problems with which the People in this state are facing access to health care, affordable housing and paying teachers what they are worth. said Gillum. "They are all absorbed from the first minutes of this debate by lies of this gentleman."

In the documents DeSantis used to launch the attack, Corey, a city lobbyist and former mayor's friend, said Gillum's Hamilton tickets came from a "Mike Miller," an undercover FBI agent as a developer with shops in front of the city occurred.

"Awesome News," was Gillum's answer.

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Last year, Gillum declined To answer questions from the Tallahassee Democrat about this trip. Later he told the Washington Post that he had received the theater ticket from his brother Marcus, whom he seemed to have paid for.

DeSantis used the newly revealed information to label Gillum a liar and declared the mayor incompetent.

"He would not be responsible for getting a $ 1000 card from a covert FBI agent last week and we now know he lied about it," DeSantis said 30 minutes later from WPBF-TV and the Florida Press Association.

"At some point you have to take responsibility for what you have done and demonstrate leadership," DeSantis Gillum scolded.

As he has done since the City Hall's FBI probe was unveiled more than a year ago, Gillum said he is not under investigation and, as in the previous debate, DeSantis said he had more than Lying tells that his opponent does not tell the truth.

"I'm not under investigation by the FBI, not even my city, there's no evidence, but my opponent is doing everything to make this case," Gillum said. "I get my ticket from my brother, the problem I have would have been to ask more questions to make sure everything that had happened was overboard."

FBI Tallahassee Public Corruption Investigation is the main point of the GOP in the last two weeks of the campaign. She has become involved with a study by the Florida Ethics Commission on Gillum's travelogue as mayor.

The Republican Party of Florida has knocked out Gillum in television commercials linking him to an investigation by the FBI focusing on the affairs of a city commissioner and local redevelopment agency.

The study of the ethics committee was triggered by a frequent town hall critic. He had summoned documents that included Gillum's Broadway tour and a trip, a Costa Rican vacation with Corey and Gillum, longtime allies and lobbyist Sean Pittman

. Gillum violated the state's ban on sending $ 100 gifts. City breaks with lobbyists and salesmen. The preloaded documents were released Tuesday by Corey's lawyer, Chris Kise, a former member of Governor Rick Scott's transition team.

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Governor Democratic candidate, Andrew Gillum, attends the FAMU homecoming match at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo: Alicia Devine / Democrat)

DeSantis has repeatedly picked up on the newly published information in his remarks on the election campaign and in his replies during the debate on Wednesday. Asked if he would release all of his travel receipts from his six years in Congress, DeSantis drew a comparison with Gillum.

"Both Andrew and I received money from the federal government, the difference being that I received my money legally through my Congressional Office, twice a week for six years to Florida, and back again." Andrew got travel money from the federal government because it was a covert FBI investigation, "DeSantis said.

"Release the receipts," Gillum replied. "Mine were made public."


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