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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's campaign said last month that he received a ticket from his brother to see Hamilton on Broadway back in 2016, but newly released records show an undercover FBI agent, who was posing as a developer, bought him the ticket.
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The Florida Democrat's campaign sent out a press release on Sept. 4 saying that he received a ticket for the show from his brother, Marcus. The campaign said, "After the trip, Mayor Gillum learned Marcus Gillum had obtained that ticket in a swap with [former lobbyist] Adam Corey for a concert ticket."
Gillum's campaign repeated this narrative Tuesday in response to the release of records given to the ethics commission, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
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"These records vindicate and add more evidence that at every turn I was paying my own way or was with my family, for all trips, including picking up tickets from my brother, Marcus, who was with a group of his own friends," Gillum said in a statement. "But this isn't about a Broadway show, it's about a sideshow, because Ron DeSantis and his associates have no vision, no healthcare plan, and are running the most false, negative campaign in Florida history. Floridians deserve better."
Text messages indicate, however, that Gillum knew the ticket was a favor from someone he thought was a developer.
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Text messages between Gillum and former lobbyist Adam Corey, who arranged outings with undercover agents looking into city corruption, were among more than 100 pages of records Corey gave the ethics commission, which is investigating trips to Costa Rica and New York that Gillum took in 2016.
Corey's lawyer, Chris...
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