Since winning the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has been slammed for being “too radical for Florida,” and the Republican Governors Association is continuing that attack with an email sent to Florida voters on the matter.
Citing Mayor Gillum’s comments on the controversial Israel-Palestinian Conflict, the email explained that “In a recent podcast interview, Gillum ‘condemn[ed]’ Israel for ‘murder’ for acting in self-defense against Hamas terrorist operatives attempting to ‘breach into Israel’s borders,’ while throwing ‘rocks and Molotov cocktails.’ According to a senior Hamas official, the overwhelming majority of Palestinians killed were members of the terrorist group Hamas.”
The email also condemns Gillum’s running mate, Chris King, for comments he made to the campus newspaper in 1998 after losing an election to become Harvard’s Undergraduate Student Council president.
In the campus paper interview, King attributed his loss to saying that “I was nailed to the cross. And most of the editorial staff that was so hard on me, the vast majority were Jewish.”
The Harvard Crimson, the campus newspaper that conducted the interview with King, brought this to light while King was a candidate for the Democratic nomination that eventually went to Gillum.
In response to the quote, King said that “This quote from when I was 20 years old is completely at odds with my beliefs. It was a hurtful and stupid comment and I apologize.”
However, the RGA’s email still concludes that “Gillum’s condemnation of Israel and King’s past comments prove their campaign is one of the most radical in the nation and raises serious questions about the direction of their campaign.”