Talk about the tale of two FBI investigations.
It appears Andrew Gillum, the Florida Democratic candidate for governor, has put a lot of thought into how he will spin an FBI corruption probe of the city government of Tallahassee, which Gillum has presided over as mayor since 2014.
The strategy Gillum rolled out during Sunday’s talk show parade is to insist that he’s cooperating with the investigation and then quickly pivot to the FBI probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — his GOP opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., was endorsed by President Donald Trump.
CNN’s Dana Bash helped establish Gillum’s talking point that he’s cooperating with the FBI and wants to see justice done, before noting the investigation has “breached your inner circle already” in the form of a subpoena to a longtime friend and former aide.
“You’re the mayor. Does the buck stop with you on this?” she asked.
Hizzoner responded with what amounted to a resounding no, pointing out that the individual was “not a former aide of mine,” prompting Bash to correct the record by asking if the person was a campaign aide.
“A volunteer. Not an aide,” the slippery Democrat answered.
“The point being, nobody wants more for any activity that’s illegal or corrupt that has occurred — we want to make sure any individual that participated in that is held fully accountable,” Gillum continued.
“The good news is it doesn’t involve my government or myself,” he said. “We have been fully cooperating and the difference between how we have addressed this and how Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump have addressed the FBI is that we welcome them and have tried to aid in their work. Donald Trump and Ron Desantis tried to undermine and undercut the FBI at every single turn.”
Of course, that’s Gillum’s word that the probe doesn’t involve him, the FBI declined to comment, according to The New York Times.
Gillum deceptively included his opponent as being part of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign — DeSantis is not — with the CNN anchor failing to correct the record.
He then dropped the mother of all audacious remarks, claiming he is “a model” of how to deal with being investigated for corruption.
“What we have done has been a model of how to deal with these things as a way to root out any bad play players and bad activity,” Gillum spun. “Nobody wants to bring it to conclusion quicker than I do.”
The bigger challenge he faces was pointed out by DeSantis during an interview on Fox News.
“This guy can’t even run the city of Tallahassee,” he stated. “There is no way Florida voters can entrust him with our entire state.”
Well, even that may pale to a video clip floating around the web of Gillum not only owning up to receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from George Soros, but admitting to a long, long relationship with the spooky dude.
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