Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida’s first African American nominee for governor, says that his opponent Ron DeSantis‘ „monkey this up“ comment was used as a way to „incite“ his base.
“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” said DeSantis to Smith.
Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, is backed by Bernie Sanders and is campaigning on progressive policies. President Donald Trump has expressed his support for DeSantis.
Gillum was able to defeat former Democratic congresswoman Gwen Graham and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, two establishment Democrats with a big-spending campaign despite spending the least amount of money and having the least television presence.
Die beiden Nominierungen folgen einem Muster, welches den heißen Herbst in den USA bestimmen wird: Ein Wettkampf der linksgerichteten Seite der Demokraten gegen die rechtsgerichtete Seite der Republikaner. Die Mitte beider Parteien verliert zunehmend an Boden. Zwischen den beiden Extremen wird entschieden werden, wer künftig in der Politik das Sagen haben wird.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Republican and Democratic nominations for Florida governor Tuesday. The political establishment, in both cases, lost.
Neither party got their preferred gubernatorial candidate, and now a hard-charging conservative will square off against a liberal progressive in an encapsulation of the current political moment.
Running to the left of his rivals and despite being vastly outspent, the charismatic and proudly liberal Gillum built a devoted statewide following of progressives. He had a well-received message of social justice and lifting up the downtrodden and an appeal to Florida’s growing diversity.