Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum have been at each other’s throats since they both took part in the Democratic Gubernatorial debate, and now tensions are rising as a new advertisement depicts Graham as a “turncoat” Democrat who voted with Republicans while in office. For example, Graham voted for the Keystone Pipeline, and now Graham is rallying supporters to come to her defense.
The advertisement was paid for by the Collective, a political committee that supports African-American candidates nationwide.
Congresswoman Amy Mercado blasted Gillum and his campaign by explaining that “These type of dirty tricks have no place in our state or our party, and he should immediately call for the ad to be taken down.”
In response to the ad, Graham’s campaign said that the advertisement is misleading. They also sent letters to TV stations asking them to remove it from being played.
Mark Herron, Graham’s Attorney, detailed in the letter that “Knowing that the advertisement is false, and possessing the legal authority to refuse to run it, your station should exercise that authority in the public interest.”
Geoff Burgan, a spokesman for Gillum’s campaign, commented that “In this race no candidate will be able to run from their voting record, but if we had a choice in this ad, we’d want Mayor Gillum’s progressive record to be the focus. The Graham campaign seems to be uncomfortable with her own voting record.”
The race for the nomination is currently a 4-way race between former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Businessman Chris King and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.