JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —6.23.2022 — Andrew Gillum Arrest Sinks Florida Democrats — FL Lawmaker Backs Full Abortion Ban — More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —6.23.2022 — Andrew Gillum Arrest Sinks Florida Democrats — FL Lawmaker Backs Full Abortion Ban — More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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June 23, 2022

 

Andrew Gillum Falls Into Political Abyss

Andrew Gillum was the great not-so-white hope for Florida Democrats when he ran against then-Congressman Ron DeSantis for governor in 2018 and narrowly lost.

When The Floridian broke the story that he was found unconscious in a hotel room on Miami Beach after a night of alleged drug use with a male hooker, media outlets didn’t want to touch the story because of the X-rated image posted of a man that looked alike like Gillum.

Hours after we posted the story, Gillum’s attorney sent us a cease and desist letter demanding that we pull the image from the story, confirming to us that it was Gillum naked on the floor of a bathroom.

“To be clear, the public has no legitimate interest in any such photo, and its release appears to be based not on a desire to shed light on an important public event, but rather to appeal to the prurient interests of certain members of the public. Moreover, this blatant attempt to damage the reputation of a devoted public servant seeking treatment in the midst of a national emergency and global health crisis is appalling and demonstrates an utter disregard for decency and the privacy rights of Mr. Gillum and his family. The Article is a violation of Mr. Gillum’s rights to privacy and must be promptly removed.” - (Cease and Desist letter)

Gillum later checked himself into rehab and got on with his life, even though the feds were still investigating him for potentially committing fraud.

Now a 21-count federal indictment has hit Gillum right smack in the face, alleging that he committed wire fraud and redirected campaign funds to a third party to pay himself out.

“Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, And Making False Statements”

 According to the United States Attorney’s Office of the North District of Florida, Gillum could face serious prison time if convicted. Gillum has already plead innocent to all charges.

Here is what Gillum is facing:

-20 years: Making False Statements

-20 years: Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

-20 years: Wire Fraud

Florida Democrats, who championed Gillum even after the hotel incident and his stint in drug rehabilitation, are now turning their backs on him.

Do you blame them?

The 2022 midterm elections would turn out to be a bloodbath at the polls for Democrats, and Gillum’s arrest is the proverbial gallon of salt that was just poured into a gaping political wound.

READ MORE about Gillum’s Arrest

READ MORE about Gillum’s night on Miami Beach

EXCLUSIVE: Rep Spencer Roach Backs Full Abortion Ban in Florida

State Rep. Spencer Roach (R) says that if Roe vs. Wade is scrapped, he would support a full ban on abortion in Florida. READ MORE

Rick Scott-The illegitimate communist Cuban regime is unjustly imprisoning & torturing @jdanielferrer. They’ve refused to allow his family see or speak to him in nearly 3 WEEKS. @JoeBiden ’s appeasement policies have only emboldened the Cuban regime to keep oppressing the people.

US Rep Kathy Castor-One in five children has or will have a serious #mentalillness in their lifetime. Effective and accessible mental health and substance use care is critical.

That is why I voted YES on the #RestoringHope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act.

Rep. Val Demings-As Orlando’s Chief of Police, the mental health of my officers was a high priority. I just led efforts in Congress to pass an initiative to gather critical data on officer mental health so that we can expand care and resources. They take care of us, we need to take care of them.

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani -Once you go Persian, there’s no other version” — same applies to State House Reps

Jared Moskowitz-Our campaign now has more than 100 endorsements from Democratic elected officials, unions, and influential organizations!

Thankful to all of our supporters.

 

Casey DeSantis
Casey DeSantis

 

"Casey DeSantis Announces 'Continue the Mission' Initiative" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich --First Lady of Florida, Casey DeSantis has announced the launch of a new program known as the “Continue the Mission” initiative.

"Rick Scott Introduces the 'Let's Get to Work Act'; Embodies Former Campaign Slogan" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich --Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is echoing a familiar slogan yet again. The slogan is “Let’s get to work” and it was Scott’s slogan as he successfully won the governor’s seat in both 2010 and 2014, and it fueled his Senate campaign in 2018.

"NAPO Endorses Rubio for Senate" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Florida Lawmaker Supports Total Abortion Ban if Roe v. Wade is Overturned" by The Floridian's Jim McCool--Roe v. Wade's impending status after the SCOTUS draft opinion leak has left Americans clinging to the edge of their seats. Striking down the landmark federal case would leave the abortion issue to all 50 states. Florida State Rep. Spencer Roach (R-76) says he would support an all-out ban of abortion in Florida.

"Progressive Lawmaker Disingenuously Calls DeSantis 'Biggest defender' of Capitol Riot" by The Floridian's Jim McCool--While Democrats are still demanding justice and full accountability over the January 6th Capitol riot in Washington, State Rep. Carlos G. Smith (D-49) has accused Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) of being the, "biggest defender," of the January 6th riots on Capitol Hill.

"Andrew Gillum Indicted on Federal Charges" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Surgeons Challenge 'Brazilian Butt Lift' Restrictions" by News Service of Florida

"Dirty Politics Rears it Head in Central Florida GOP Primary Race" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich-- Americans for the most part have championed the idea of free and fair elections as being most important to our democracy. There was always a kind of respectful attitude to the property of others supporting different political candidates during election cyçles.

"Debbie Mucarsel Powell Endorses Taddeo" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina-- State Senator Annette Taddeo (D) is challenging Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R), and as she makes her case for flipping the seat blue, Taddeo has announced that she has received the endorsement from Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (R).

Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis

"DeSantis Earns Endorsement from Hispanic Initiative Action Group" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich--In late May, President Joe Biden’s (D) approval rating among Hispanics went dropped 29% in one year and hit the staggering a 26% approval rating. To pour salt in the wound for Florida Democrats, the Latino action group, Libre Initiative announced their endorsement of Governor Ron DeSantis (R) for his reelection.

"Florida Professional Firefighters Endorse Simpson" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Crist Doesn't Market LGBTQ Merchandise to Spanish Speakers" by The Floridian's Jim McCool -- While gubernatorial candidate US Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) has preached equality and bashed Gov. DeSantis (R-FL) for being exclusionary to certain demographics, the congressman appears to only market LGBTQ merchandise to English-speaking people on his campaign website.

"Florida Democratic Lawmakers Break Rules, Raise Cash During Legislative Sessions" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres-Florida legislators are prohibited from fundraising during the yearly legislative session, but it appears as if a hand full of Florida Democratic lawmakers forgot about longstanding Rule 15:3, and decided to raise cash anyways.

"Taddeo Corrects Spanish Message Russell Sent" by The Floridian's Daniels Molina

"Fried: DeSantis Cabinet Meeting Schedule 'Authoritarian' by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Rubio, Scott Sponsor Bill Aimed at Stopping the Export of Oil to China" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich-Gas prices have stayed stagnant at around 5 dollars over the past week as the nationwide average has dipped 3 cents since the U.S. saw its highest average ever at $5.016. Americans’ checkbooks and wallets have taken a hit as the cost of living has increased significantly due to the rising fuel and oil prices and inflation that has made everyday items such as groceries so much more expensive.

"DeSantis: Colombian Election 'Troubling' for Freedom" by The Floridian's Jim McCool-Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has been an avid opponent of Socialism in Florida, and around the nation. Now, the governor is calling the results of the Colombian election, "troubling," as the winner of the presidential election is set to become the South American nation's first leftist president.

Charlie Crist gubernatorial
Charlie Crist gubernatorial

"Florida GOP to Hold Congressional Primary Debates During Sunshine Summit" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres-The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) has just announced that they will be holding (4) Republican congressional primary debates during their 2022 Sunshine Summit being held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida July 22-23.

"30 GOP Lawmakers Qualify Unopposed, is DeSantis Responsible?" by The Floridian's Jim McCool-While Republicans are expected to hold an edge over Democrats in the 2022 midterms, Florida primary races are signaling a unified GOP in races statewide. 30 Republican lawmakers qualified for their primary races unopposed.

"Political Committee Defends Airing Mooney Drug Dealing TV ad" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres-State Rep. Jim Mooney (R) is pushing back against the TV ad the Floridians for Truth Now political action committee has been airing about the Representative’s past arrest for drug trafficking, and has sent Comcast a cease and desist letter threatening legal action if the ad is not taken down.

"Crist Maintains Lead Over Fried in new Polls" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina-With Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) officially qualifying for the gubernatorial primary, a recent poll indicates that Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) is maintaining a significant lead over the sole statewide elected Democrat. Though Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is expected to win reelection, Democrats are making a run for numerous elections around the country, hoping to turn seats blue in the process.

"Florida Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Rubio" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Demings Questioned About Losing her Firearm, Supporting gun Bans (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres-- The Villages­­—Democratic senatorial candidates and Rep. Val Demings arrived at a campaign event in The Villages, Florida, where she was greeted by several videographers, including conservative journalist and Republican congressional candidate Laura Loomer, who question Demings over her support for “Red Flag” laws and having her firearm stolen.

"Rep. Daniel Webster's Health Called Into Question" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres--With the 2022 midterm elections less than three months away, and with the official campaign qualifying period having ended at noon on Friday, June 17th, contested state and federal races around the state have begun to get contentious, especially the Republican congressional primary race between Rep. Daniel Webster and conservative investigative journalist Laura Loomer in Floridas’ 11th congressional district.

The JUICE is squeezed by Javier Manjarres, Jim McCool, and Daniel Molina

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org Email him at [email protected]

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