The breaking news out of the Capital City is that a federal grand jury has indicted city Commissioner Scott Maddox on public corruption charges, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
Also indicted was Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority Executive Director Paige Carter-Smith.
Carter-Smith allegedly helped Maddox in an ongoing scheme to solicit bribes from companies seeking to do business with the city of Tallahassee.
Not indicted — at least not as of this morning — is former Mayor Andrew Gillum.
But isn’t that what Gillum has said all along? That the federal investigation of the City of Tallahassee was not about him.
But that investigation — and the whispers that Gillum could be indicted before his inauguration as Governor — haunted Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign, especially in the general election.
More than a quarter of the $26 million Republicans spent on TV ahead of the general directly attacked Gillum by invoking the investigation.
There is little doubt that one of the main reasons Gillum lost was because of the looming shadow of the federal investigation.
His opponent, now-Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, continued hammering Gillum throughout the campaign over his connection to the investigation, which included trips to New York and Costa Rica and meetings with undercover FBI agents. DeSantis called him “Crooked Mayor Gillum.”
Even President Donald Trump tweeted that Gillum was a “thief.”
The Republican Governors Association bludgeoned Gillum with one grainy ad after another evoking the specter of corruption investigation. The timely release of not-really-related-but-close-enough documents by a lawyer who is now working in Republican DeSantis’ transition played havoc with whatever kind of momentum Gillum had built.
In a race decided by 33,000 votes, it’s not hard envisioning Gillum winning the election had he been cleared of the federal investigation?
But he wasn’t cleared. He hasn’t been charged. But he was never cleared.
And with that, the FBI f*cked Andrew Gillum.
Ask yourself this: what could the FBI possibly know today about L’Affaire Tallahassee that it did not know six weeks ago? Or three months ago? Or six months ago?
Probably nothing. Because, if nothing else, Maddox and Gillum and everyone else in Tallahassee haven’t dared to jaywalk since a caravan of black Chevy Suburbans arrived at City Hall.
Whatever Maddox did … whatever Gillum did not do … it all was done so many months (years?) ago that it could have … should have … been revealed in advance of the election.
Maybe this complaint will be rendered moot. Perhaps the FBI is about to knock on Gillum’s door. But if it doesn’t, then the J. Edgars haven’t screwed over someone this bad since, um, they screwed Hillary.
December 12, 2018 at 8:59 am
It isn’t over yet cowboys. Give it time. Dirty Andy’s drivers license was flagged just like Maddox’s.
December 12, 2018 at 9:19 am
Now is not the time to indict Andrew Guilty. Much better in Oct. 2019, in the runup to Trump’s re-election.
December 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm
Indictment is not guilty. Although Andrew is as ignorant as Soetoro (Remember the then Senator elect) I didn’t know it was illegal to a
use a donor’s Private jet? ANDREW WILL BE SOMEONE GIRLFRIEND.
MUERTE A la SOCIALISTAS
December 12, 2018 at 5:43 pm
Peter Schorsch is a dirty Jew.Dont let him haggle you out of your house.Jews love money, power and lack interest in physical work
December 12, 2018 at 8:08 pm
I am astonished to find such terrible anti-Semitic and racist comments on a mainstream opinion source. Can’t these people be left to hide under a rock somewhere instead of publishing hate speech?
December 13, 2018 at 2:07 am
it’s NOT HATE SPEECH WHEN IT’S THE TRUTH.
December 13, 2018 at 7:25 am
Are you? Are you astonished, Linda? Fuck off. No one cares about your faux outrage.
December 14, 2018 at 10:26 pm
Linda, they can’t help themselves. It’s INBRED. Learned to hate at their
December 20, 2018 at 6:23 am
Kinda Chapin, we need them out in the open so we know who they are. We are firing up, and getting ready to take out all the trash, scumbags, and haters.
December 12, 2018 at 10:39 am
His darkness will come to light, he is a crook and in the end anyone with common sense will see, Florida was saved from Gillum! He is a Soros puppet!
December 13, 2018 at 3:12 am
I totally agree. We would of been screwed if he won. Thank God that didn’t happen.
December 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm
Really? How so? Would the republican legislature just roll over and pass massive tax increases? Would they pass an income tax? Would they allow Florida to become a socialist state? We know that the repugs don’t believe in science. Don’t care. That we are 41st state in the quality of education. We know that the repugs have allowed big sugar to pollute our rivers, estuaries and ocean. I guess your definition of getting screwed is ha into a black man as our governor, but then again you didn’t care if Scott was a crook or DeSantis a racist because I’m sure you voted for them unless you are a convicted felon.
December 12, 2018 at 11:01 am
The race should not have even been that close but Florida races are always close thanks to South Florida counties where a lot of blues from New York or New Jersey live. People like to make fun of the Cubans in Miami but at least they typically vote Republican because they know the modern Democrat is just like Castro and they don’t want to live like that again.
December 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm
Amen to that!
Nancy M Pickard
December 12, 2018 at 6:17 pm
Democrats are so delusional & totally hypocritical. A few of Trumps short term campaign officials were investigated without absolutely 0 probable cause. Dems have been giddy for 2 years trying to connect our President to some old IRS money laundering by Manafort 10 years bf Trump even ran for President. After over 2 yrs of weaponized investigations, still no collusion. Not with any campaign member. Clinton is the 1 who should be investigated for allowing DNC to turn over all their money & support from Sanders to her campaign. Also paying an attorney from campaign funds to pay foreign nationals, who in turn paid Russians for dirt on her opponent, with final goal, to influence the outcome of a US election. Dems quickly drop their fairy tale Russia Collusion case & pray for Trump to be in violation of Campaign fraud. Their only problem being no campaign funds were ever used to pay off that porn queen. So they’re giddy once again, although they will quickly & disappointingly find their way back to reality, to see that our President won yet again. Despite all their non stop efforts trying to get something/anything on President Trump, they now blame the FBI for indicting actual criminals, including corrupt socialist Gillum. REMEMBER modern day fairy tales starts once Gillum is elected. That is what Project Veritas recorded Gillum’s campaign aide and college friend saying on video. God was looking out for Florida.
December 12, 2018 at 11:41 pm
December 13, 2018 at 3:16 am
I’m glad to know that we’re all not ignorant to what the Dems are trying to do to Trump. You’re absolutely right God sure was looking out for Florida.
Oh, give me a break
December 15, 2018 at 7:58 pm
It doesn’t have to have been campaign money used to hush up the ladies, genius. Because the incidents becoming public would have substantively affected Trump’s status in the election & covering them up was done to bolster his chances, that makes the payments a campaign expense, which is the basis for the campaign violation. Nice try with your bullshit though.
December 18, 2018 at 12:51 pm
So true. The problem with South Floriduh is the Commies from the northeast
December 12, 2018 at 11:12 am
You should know by now that the FBI does not clear anybody under investigation until their investigation is completed. It’s obvious to me that Mayor Gillum is still under the FBI microscope.
December 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm
Except Hillary Clinton and Democratic operatives in Washington.
“Youre under investigation. Please just bring us what you think is important to our need when you get an opportunity.”
Then its accidently dropped, hammered, acid washed, and everyone is given immmunity.
But Trump is investigated obstruction for firing the guy that helped cover for it with “well she didnt intentionally violate the law”.
..and some people are ok with that.
December 12, 2018 at 11:18 am
Hey Dick, ahem, Peter, remind you much of a rumor about a recently appointed Supreme Court Judge? You know….guilty unless proven innocent? Suck it!
December 12, 2018 at 11:21 am
I imagine the fact that over a hundred thousand Gillum Volunteers being locked out of the “Coordinated Campaign” once the FDP took over had nothing to do with his loss.
December 12, 2018 at 11:24 am
Democrats from California to the east coast are dirty. Obama was bought and pair for and now they are looking for they’re next golden boy. Doesn’t matter what they have done, the msm is going to bury everything they can and the liberal nuts don’t give a f*ck anyway. DC has become another episode of Law and Order that is over budge with tax payer dollars. Congress is going going to zip shut the purse and blame Trump close to the next election. If dirty tactics are needed to keep Trump in.Rock on….
December 12, 2018 at 11:52 am
Sounds familiar with what happened with the real President, Mrs Clinton. But that’s ok. FAKE MESSIAH has fucked himself in so many ways it’s alllllllll good.
December 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm
He lost because he is way too far left for Florida (or any place where reason prevails over mysticism).
December 12, 2018 at 12:35 pm
“There is little doubt that one of the main reasons Gillum lost was because of the looming shadow of the federal investigation.”
No he lost because of his socialist beliefs that turned out voters for an unpopular Republican candidate. Gillum, using Soros dollars, bought himself the Democratic Primary win. If Gwen Graham had won the primary, she would probably be the new Governor of Florida. Both the Rep and Dems, on national and state level, are putting forth candidates that are only liked by the far sides of each Party, leaving the average voter with a choice between a “giant douche or a turd sandwich”.
December 16, 2018 at 9:41 am
To date, Andrew is the only member of his immediate family that has NOT been arrested, including his mom:
December 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm
You people are idiots.
December 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm
Yes, you most assuredly are if you back a rewashed cimmunist
December 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm
The only person that the FBI is trying to f___ over is Trump and the fact that Comey and Hillary have never been investigated proves that. The only evidence they have on Trump are the statements from proven liars who they claim aren’t lying as long as they’re giving information that makes Trump look bad. There’s a paper trail a mile long leading straight back to Hillary and Comey and Mueller needs to be fired and replaced by someone that isn’t influenced by Politics.
December 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm
Gillum’s not fit for office. That’s the long and short of it.
December 12, 2018 at 3:23 pm
The FBI didn’t hurt Clinton.She hurt herself with all her crimes, including the illegal server and thousands of destroyed emails which were government records, and therefore, government property. These were also records subject to congressional subpoena. She engaged, therefore, in obstruction of justice. See Title 18 of the US Code and just peruse the various obstruction of justice statutes. If the FBI tried to hurt anyone, look at Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. They tried to hurt Trump.
December 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm
The FBI didn’t fuck gillum stop that bullshit gillum fucked gillum. He did except gifts and trips he lied to his followers a little personal responsibility is in order here
December 12, 2018 at 4:12 pm
Hey liberal spergs, so because Gillum wasn’t indicted (yet), but his underlings were, that somehow equates to Gillum’s innocence, right? Ok great, then by your logic Trump is completely innocent. See how easy that was?
JOHN B THAYER
December 12, 2018 at 4:32 pm
They were right about the evils of “Reconstruction” all along, it would seem. Where are the “Redeemers”?
December 12, 2018 at 5:47 pm
Horrible one sided article! Not middle of the road at all, just a bunch of right wing rhetoric and backwoods Trumpsters🥜
December 12, 2018 at 6:22 pm
Amazing Liberal-think. Victimology run amok.
While his co-conspirators get indicted, he gets a pass, and instead of thanking his corrupt establishment lucky star, simehow he is “f***ed”!
December 12, 2018 at 7:40 pm
Wow – just WOW – I don’t usually scroll down to read the comment – but I am totally shocked at the anger, hatefulness and meanness expressed in so many of these comments.
All we know now is that others have been indicted. Maybe others should be indicted, maybe not. But the blind willingness to ascribe crimes to others without evidence is what they do in third world countries run by autocrats. We are better than that.
I don’t agree with how the FBI has behaved. If they have no evidence against Gillum, they should have said that before the election. If they do – they should have said that as well.
But as Americans, at least those of us who believe in the Constitution, you are innocent until proven guilty, and the comments reflected in this string are mean, hateful and unwarranted.
December 13, 2018 at 11:48 am
The amoral cultists showed up in force.
December 13, 2018 at 11:41 pm
So just to be clear, aftervconfirmation that Gillum did in fact accept the Hamilton tickets and $4k from the undercover FBI officer in a political corruption probe, and yet was not indicted, is his being fucked by the FBI?
Sounds more like Netflix and chill…but what do I know?
December 15, 2018 at 12:19 am
Gillum was nothing more than a Black Panther is a businessman’s suit. This Barack Obama-Louis Farrakhan wannabe is a George Soros Democrat Plantation Negro that was taught to eloquently preach Black Liberation Theology. The FBI doesn’t invite you to NYC and provide you with a free hotel room. Like Marion Barry in D.C., who the FBI caught smoking crack in his “free” hotel room; the video of Gillum taking money is out there. If he was white, the FBI would have had in him in handcuffs already. It’s in Gillum’s DNA to be a crook.
December 20, 2018 at 9:02 am
Guys. They’re ALL crooks. They’re politicians.
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