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The Story Of Andrew Gillum | The Recreational Writer | RecreationalWriter.com

As, not only a native Floridian, but, also a native Tallahassee resident,  I feel obligated to dispel the myths, and bring up actual serious and very concerning historical facts from the tenure of Andrew Gillum as Tallahassee’s Mayor. As has been covered locally, statewide and nationwide, Mayor Gillum’s government has been, and is still currently, being investigated by the FBI. Even if the Mayor is being honest, and has no knowledge that he funded, with tax-payer money, the over two million dollar renovation of a restaurant owned by his friend, then he at very least has shown his inability to lead for being ignorant to it. But, that is only one leaf of one tree foreshadowing Mayor Gillum, the Democratic Party, and George Soros’ pick, for Governor of Florida. Continue reading for a historical look of what Mayor Andrew Gillum has done, or not done, for Tallahassee.

If you are a resident of Tallahassee, it is likely that you are aware of the ongoing FBI investigation into the City. Although it remains to be seen exactly what the scope and nature of the investigation is, it is clear that the FBI and United States Attorney General believe that there are corrupt goings on within city hall. Mayor Gillum has continued to state publicly that the FBI has, in confidence, told him that he is not the target of their investigation. (https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/06/23/gillum-pledges-cooperation-fbi-says-hes-not-focus-probe/424057001/http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/29/florida-dem-who-scored-upset-primary-victory-haunted-by-citys-corruption-probe.html) However, as would be common practice with ongoing criminal investigations, the FBI has not released, publicly, who the investigation is around, or exactly what it is in regards to. 

According to an article in the Tallahassee Democrat the investigations appears to be around two other persons (I refuse to state their name here, as the evidence that the Tallahassee Democrat cites was an inadvertently unsealed search warrant that has sense been resealed – with that in mind, I do not feel (contrary to the Tallahassee Democrat) that it is not fair to any parties involved to produce publicly their names.) However, since it has been widely reported by all local news media outlets, I will say that it does appear that the FBI investigation is in regards to Real Estate dealings with the CRA (Community Redevelopment Authority) which Mr. Gillum is the chairman of. 


Continuing with the statistics from NeighborhoodScout.com, in Florida, chances of becoming a victim of violent crime is 1 in 232. In Tallahassee, that number drops to 1 in 111. For violent crime, Tallahassee has a rate of 0.06 murders per 1,000 where the national average is 0.05. Rape is an astounding 1.15 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, and nationally is 0.40 per 1,000. Robbery is 2.17 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, compared to 1.03 per 1,000 nationally. Finally, assault is a whopping 5.63 per 1,000 compared to 2.49 per 1,000 nationally.
But, that’s not all. It goes on. Property crime is 61.6 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, compared to 26.87 per 1,000 in Florida, and 25 per 1,000 nationally. Broken down is: Burglary is 11.34 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, versus 4.69 per 1,000 nationally. Theft is an incredible 44.29 per 1,000 in Tallahassee (should I be surprised from someone who believes in socialism?) compared to 17.45 per 1,000 nationally. And finally, motor vehicle theft is 5.98 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, and 2.37 per 1,000 nationally.

According to the ultra-liberal Slate.com, Mr. Gillum was introduced to undercover FBI agents by his friend from college, lobbyist and treasurer of his Mayoral campaign at a Tallahassee restaurant. Details of that meeting remain unreleased. Further, according to “Gillum meeting with FBI undercover agents took shape during Costa Rica trip with lobbyists“, an article from the Tallahassee Democrat, watchdog groups remain “irked” by these goings on. “Even without Corey setting up a business meeting during the trip, ethics watchdogs said the trip blurs the lines between friendship and business, especially given the close ties between Gillum, Corey and Pittman and their dealings with the city, “The mayor seems totally oblivious to even the appearance of a conflict of interest,” said Pete Butzin, a board member of Common Cause Florida. “He’s got to understand this thing is going to come back and bite him.”

In this article, it is pointed out that, “Beyond the crime rate and the FBI probe, the GOP can make hay out of the city’s Hurricane Hermine response and Gillum’s support of property tax increases, just for starters. It’s far from unimaginable that photos of Gillum on a boat in New York City with a Tallahassee lobbyist and an undercover FBI agent posing as a lobbyist will become fixtures in TV commercials.” 

Further, according to ultra-conservative Breitbart, “FBI agents posing as developers made payments to Andrew Gillum’s brother, Marcus Gillum, as part of an effort to show they were seeking business with the city of Tallahassee.” “The payments were said to be in the thousands of dollars per month,” Stewart wrote. “The length of the engagement was not known.” According to the article cited by Breitbart, there is still an ongoing ethics complaint against Mr. Gillum, “The trip was the subject of a complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics and is still under investigation.” It continues, “Following the trip to New York, people attending FSU football games during the 2016 season indicated that Marcus Gillum received tickets for a stadium skybox provided by Adam Corey. At times, these people said Marcus Gillum was in the skybox with the undercover FBI agents who were posing as developers. Adam Corey’s FSU football skybox was revealed as a central part of the federal investigation when TR reported that the undercover FBI agents purchased four tickets from Corey. It was later confirmed the tickets were provided to City of Tallahassee employees through Corey. The scandal led to the resignation of Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez.”

If the corruption investigation by the Federal Government into the business dealings of the City of Tallahassee was not enough, Mr. Gillum has allowed crime to flourish in Tallahassee. As of this writing, according to TOPS, there are 32 active calls, and 481 calls to the Tallahassee Police Department in the last 24 hours. (for full transparency, active (and other) calls can be fire, car accidents, etc.) But, on 247wallst.com’s list of The Most Dangerous City in Every State, Tallahassee came in as the most dangerous in Florida. Over Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami. They go on to say, “Tallahassee, Florida’s state capital, also appears to be the state’s crime capital. There were 767 violent crimes in Tallahassee for every 100,000 residents in 2015, far more than in any of the state’s 21 other metro areas monitored by the FBI.” In 2015, Mr. Gillum was Mayor, and had served on the City Commission for years before then. 

Mr. Gillum louded that crime was down, however, report after report laments how dangerous Tallahassee is. For instance, NeighborhoodScout.com show that Tallahassee is safer than 2% of U.S. Cities. That statistic really is staggering. If you go by the Geological Survey of 35,000 cities in the United States, then Tallahassee is safer than 700 of them. However, if you go by municipal governments of 19,429, Tallahassee is only safer than 388.58 cities in the United States. (https://www.reference.com/geography/many-cities-united-states-cfb3be08284e6a62

Continuing with the statistics from NeighborhoodScout.com, in Florida, chances of becoming a victim of violent crime is 1 in 232. In Tallahassee, that number drops to 1 in 111. For violent crime, Tallahassee has a rate of 0.06 murders per 1,000 where the national average is 0.05. Rape is an astounding 1.15 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, and nationally is 0.40 per 1,000. Robbery is 2.17 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, compared to 1.03 per 1,000 nationally. Finally, assault is a whopping 5.63 per 1,000 compared to 2.49 per 1,000 nationally.

But, that’s not all. It goes on. Property crime is 61.6 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, compared to 26.87 per 1,000 in Florida, and 25 per 1,000 nationally. Broken down is: Burglary is 11.34 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, versus 4.69 per 1,000 nationally. Theft is an incredible 44.29 per 1,000 in Tallahassee (should I be surprised from someone who believes in socialism?) compared to 17.45 per 1,000 nationally. And finally, motor vehicle theft is 5.98 per 1,000 in Tallahassee, and 2.37 per 1,000 nationally.

To this day, I have not seen more than one statement from Mr. Gillum on crime (and that was touting a “decrease” (supposedly) in crime.) In the last week, there has been numerous shootings, thefts and burglaries in Tallahassee. Some were reported on by local media, the majority not. However, there is this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and finally this. And these are just what WCTV.tv decided to report on. 

If we use the standard that Mr. Gillum’s backed Democrats and George Soros have set with the Justice Kavanaugh hearings and rhetoric in the United States Senate, then obviously Mr. Gillum is not fit at all for Governor, as he is guilty. However, I do not subscribe to guilty until proven innocent. I do though, believe that regardless of the FBI investigation and if he is targeted in the investigation or not, that he is guilty of at very least poor leadership. Being the chair of a committee that is under investigation by the Federal Government for corruption, and being the brother of someone taking money from FBI undercover agents, it is hard to believe that he has no knowledge of wrongdoings. He is either complacent, complicit or ignorant. Either of which would make him unfit for the office of Governor of this great state.

I urge all voters, whether you are a registered Democrat or registered Republican or an Independent, do your research. Mr. Gillum has at best a shady record. He is unwilling to condemn crime in the city that he [supposedly] leads. That city is the most violent city in Florida, and at last ranking, ranks 24th in the US of most violent cities. This, while Mr. Gillum was in the mayor’s office. Is this really what we want for Florida? 

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