Jacksonville Gwen Graham backers bemoan ‘dirty campaign’ from Andrew Gillum

Gwen Graham and Andrew Gillum

With the Democratic gubernatorial primary fast approaching, some of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s most controversial allies are pushing an ad attacking frontrunner Gwen Graham.

Starting Monday: a $500,000 ad buy in Jacksonville, Tampa, and West Palm Beach via the Collective Super PAC.

This is not the first ad buy hitting a negative message on Graham.

The new spot, “Zero Regrets,” attacks Graham for touting “progressive credentials despite voting with banks, supporting the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline, and publicly undermining President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to get reelected,” asserts the Collective group.

The group, after this buy, will have committed over $1.75 million to Gillum.

A pair of Jacksonville Democratic members of the Jacksonville City Council blasted Gillum for the ads.

“Andrew Gillum is running a dirty campaign. He is the only candidate in the race supporting negative Super PAC ads and he is the only candidate attacking his fellow Democrats — more than the Republicans are even attacking our party,” Garrett Dennis said.

“Mayor Gillum likes to say we need to give voters something to vote for — not against. If his campaign and Super PAC followed his own advice, maybe they would be doing better in this race,” Dennis added.

Dennis’ colleague Tommy Hazouri added that “The Republicans are loving to watch as Andrew Gillum embraces secret money and attacks Gwen Graham with Super PAC money. This irresponsible sham weakens our party, and makes it harder for us to win the General Election.”

When asked last week about third party ads compromising his message, Gillum was not worried.

“I try to be my own best messenger,” Gillum said, “and hope that they can pick up from kind of where I leave off, and frankly create ads and advertisements that use my voice and get my voice out there.”

“Obviously we don’t get to control what everyone else does. I’m learning more and more about what everybody’s doing as I read the news,” Gillum added.

We reached out to both Team Gillum and the Collective Super PAC for comment, but thus far none has been offered.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Vigilant Observer

    July 30, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Although equally misguided in their ideology, one has to give credit to Ms. Graham for being fundamentally honest. The same cannot be said for Andy and his minions as evidenced by the ill repute he has brought upon Tallahassee.

  • Linda Perkins

    July 30, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Please, honest? She’s Bob Grahams daughter. Honesty does not run in that family.

  • Truth Teller

    July 30, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Andrew is hurting his reputation and brand. Very uncool.

    • Once-proud Tallahassean

      July 31, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Everything that he is doing is entirely consistent with his reputation: crooked, self-serving, and not very bright. The brand that he has created for himself is similar to Pres. Obama’s: “I’m in way over my head.”

  • Jorge

    July 31, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Timid lukewarm Democrat candidates are the reason America is losing big since 2014. Clinton, Bill Nelson, Donna Shalala, Gwen Grahan, etc Don’t want to admit their goal is attract moderate Republicans, ex-Trump Supporters, and white suburban middle class women, completely disregarding minorities and millennials from the large South Florida’s Urban areas.
    What is her plan after another Trump’s puppet becomes the next Florida Governor, Andrew Gillum or the Russians?

  • Larry Liverman

    August 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Andy suck it up, save your funds and join forces with Gwen or Jeff. You don’t stand a chance and these vicious lies about Gwen could be your downfall for Mayor if you look to run for that office again unless you’re termed out. I know a lot of Duval African-Americans are not on your side and feel you’re not ready for this office. Hate to say it Bro but I cannot vote for you this time around.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Daniel Figueroa, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Joe Henderson, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Mike Wright, and Tristan Wood.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn