Update: Gillum's campaign has severed ties with Omar Smith, a campaign operative who said in an undercover video by Project Veritas that Gillum is not leveling with Florida voters as to his real agenda.

The Real Clear Politics averaging of polls shows Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Ron DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial race by 3 points. However, a new undercover video shows that DeSantis may get a boost after some of Gillum’s campaign staff revealed apparent subterfuge in their political tactics. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said of the revelations, “What we found in the Gillum campaign was just what we found in Missouri, Tennessee and Arizona, a candidate lying to the voters he needs to win the election.”

The video recorded campaign staffer Omar Smith as he said that Gillum, who he knew when they were both college students, knows that his campaign promises cannot be fulfilled. When asked how Gillum would fund all the promised program, Smith says Gillum “can’t.” Smith was asked if Floridians are aware that Gillum cannot deliver on his proposals. He answered, “That’s not for them to know… That’s not for them to know. Remember our saying, modern day fairy tales start with ‘once I am elected.'”

Smith also explained that Gillum is aware that his programs will never be realized. “So, let’s go back to Mr. Gillum’s platform, right? Raise the corporate tax in Florida from 7 to 11 percent. That will never happen. Raise teacher’s pay to $50,000, that will never happen. Give me another position. Medicare for all, that will never happen. The reason being, the legislature that write the bills is all Republican controlled. Democratic governor, Republican legislature. So, unless the legislature writes a bill, and it got voted on the floor, it cannot pass.” 

Making a racist remark, Smith said that Florida is a “cracker state” and that the rules there are “f***ed up.” Smith explained moreover that black legislators must outnumber others in the state legislature in order for Gillum’s plans to become a reality. He said that the Gillum campaign must succeed in whipping up the poor “into a frenzy” in order for Gillum to win the November 6 contest.

“You whip ’em up. The poor, the middle income. You have to whip them up into a frenzy in order for them to vote. Once Gillum is in, in another 2 years, other Republican Senators and Legislators will be on the ballot. So, you have to whip up the Andrew Gillum voters again in those counties to vote out the Republican to get a Democratic Legislature in order for his (Gillum) will to be executed.”

Referring to the Democrats’ coalition, Smith said that the campaign is relying on “white guilt” to get out the vote. “You have to appeal to white guilt,” Smith said “[be]cause that’s what it is.” He added that the Gillum campaign must conceal the candidate’s true agenda. “… We don’t, do we have to let [the voters] know what the agenda is ahead of time? We can’t… We cannot… You alienate everybody. Then you get painted like, oh, Gillum is being painted, no. You are a socialist, you are way out of left field…” Smith revealed to the undercover journalist, “… We don’t, do we have to let [the voters] know what the agenda is ahead of time? We can’t… We cannot… You alienate everybody. Then you get painted like, oh, Gillum is being painted, no. You are a socialist, you are way out of left field…” 

Revealing Gillum’s weltanschauung, Smith said, “Gillum is a progressive… He is a part of the crazy crazy crazies.”

Another Gillum ally, Cliff Eserman, who works for the Broward County Democratic Party, said in the video that Gillum is not forthright. “In order to win he had to be… He’s really left of center. So he was being left, not left of center… For the primary. Now [in the general] he’s going back to left of center.”

Broward County Commissioner Dale Holeness, who also works on Gillum’s campaign, provided an insight into progressive Gillum’s views on the Second Amendment. “There ought to be at least a three-day waiting period for everybody and a full background check for everybody… And we need to- And these automatic guns with sixteen rounds a minute, they ought to not be on the streets either, so that’s his plan.”

Florida Democratic party operative Adrian Young also described Gillum’s views about gun control. “… I do think he’s not saying specifically like I’m going to ban bump stocks or I’m against ATs, only because he’s running a race right now. I do think he would support anybody doing that stuff, Bill Nelson… But I don’t think he can say it just [be]cause he’s trying to get the moderates and the gun-toting people in North Florida…”




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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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