Calling Andrew Gillum’s proposed policies “too extreme for Florida,” Americans for Prosperity Action announced the launch of a digital ad (see below) buy Wednesday along with what the organization calls a significant direct-mail push to educate Floridians about candidate Andrew Gillum’s record and agenda.
“Andrew Gillum’s agenda is too extreme for Florida,” said Chris Hudson, senior advisor for AFP-Action. “His plan for the economy? Raise taxes that hurt Florida businesses and families. His plan for health care? Take away your health insurance and cut access to Floridians on Medicaid by expanding a broken system. His plan for education? Destroy successful programs that give students a hand up in achieving their goals. We can’t afford Andrew Gillum.”
The :30 second digital spot raises questions about Gillum’s proposals and their potential impact on Florida’s economy. The ad points to Gillum’s support of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan.
The spot also draws attention to Gillum’s calls for a $1 billion dollar increase in corporate income taxes with the additional revenue being used for public schools, his opposition to charter schools, and the expansion of Medicaid.
“Florida is on the right track. Good jobs and a strong economy,” the announcer says in the spot. “But Andrew Gillum’s extreme agenda could put it all at risk.”
The ad ends with the announcer asking, “His plan to pay for these empty promises? More taxes on hard-working families and local businesses. Andrew Gillum is too extreme for Florida.”
Polls taken since the primary election have shown Gillum in the lead over his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis with his greatest margin coming last week when a poll by Quinnipiac University showed Gillum up by 9 percentage points. But a Mason-Dixon survey released this week had Gillum with a narrow 1-point lead, a dead heat.
Real Clear Politics which averages the results of all polls taken to date, shows Gillum holding a 3.7-point lead over DeSantis, 46.5 percent to 42.8 percent.