Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has recently found himself embroiled in some controversy as he seeks to replace term-limited Florida Governor Rick Scott.He failed to disclose two mortgages on state financial disclosure forms, but he doesn’t think this should be an issue moving forward.
In an editorial explaining his past with home ownership, he wrote that “In 2018, it says a lot that I’m spending time talking about my mortgage, and that we’re not talking about big issues facing our state like our health crisis, our underpaid public school teachers and staff, and our gun violence epidemic.”
What he didn’t disclose is $423, 665 in mortgages on state disclosure forms leading back to 2014, and Florida law calls for public officials to disclose debts worth $10,000 or more.
In response, Mayor Gillum wrote that the incorrect filings on his behalf were unintentional. He explained that he “accidentally put the wrong mortgage down on my forms in the yearly rush to get them filed — and that’s exactly why a process exists for elected officials to amend their forms.” He also mentioned that he’s the only non-millionaire running in the gubernatorial race, and it’s why his “story isn’t uncommon in Florida, or even this country. But it is for a Democratic candidate for Governor.”