DeSantis says don't 'monkey' things up

Grant Boone
August 30, 2018

Andrew Gillum would become Florida's first African American governor if elected in November. "People are starting to wake up and realize what we need for America and that is people who care and who have served and that want to make a better America where we work for it and it's not just handed to us".

The outcome of the Gillum-DeSantis race - between candidates who are polar opposites in many ways - will be a profound indicator of three things: how the American people feel about the policies of President Trump; what they think of the possibility of impeaching him; and how they may vote in the next presidential election if Trump is on the ballot.

In an interview with Fox News correspondent Sandra Smith, DeSantis shared his thoughts on Gillum, referring to him as an "articulate spokesman for far left views".

Gillum, however, told Fox News his opponent's "monkey" remark "wasn't lost on me".

Rep. Martha McSally (R., Ariz.) embraced Trump on the campaign trail to win the Arizona U.S. Senate Republican primary and easily beat challengers from the hard right who had engendered considerable controversy: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and State Senator Kelli Ward.

Levine, thought to have been the second most-popular candidate of the three for several weeks, finished a distant third with about 20 percent of the vote and lost his home county of Miami-Dade to Gillum by almost 10,000 votes.

While both parties saw record turnout, with more than 1.4 million Democrats voting and nearly 1.6 million Republicans, nearly 27 percent of registered voters in Florida are independent. "He's an honest man and he's going to be the next governor of the state of Florida".

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The episode highlighted the outsider president's impulse to harbour personal resentments regardless of political repercussions. McCain was a frequent critic of Trump on everything from his leadership style to his Russian Federation policy.

Florida's two major parties are now looking to their most fervent supporters - progressive Democrats and Republican conservatives - for victory in November.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who won Bernie Sanders' coveted seal of approval, triumphed over Gwen Graham, the daughter of a senator and former Florida governor (and a centrist Democrat), New York Magazine reports.

Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said it was "absurd" to call DeSantis' comments racist. Trump cheered DeSantis' victory on Twitter Tuesday night, writing: "Ron will be a fantastic Governor".

Gillum's Democratic opponents in the governor's race largely refrained from going negative on the mayor for fear of alienating Gillum's progressive, diverse base. Trump wrote on Wednesday. Republicans also came to DeSantis' defence, contending that the media and Democrats were mischaracterizing what DeSantis said. Gillum is mayor of the city of Tallahassee and Trump said Gillum has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city".

Tallahassee has seen a spike in homicides, but its overall crime rate has declined, although it remains the highest in the state. A record number of women have run for office, and a record number of Democratic women have won nominations for governors' and House seats.

Those primary races Tuesday set up a fierce fall showdown in the nation's largest political battleground.

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