The Republican Party of Florida is telling Hispanic votes there is a lot at stake in this year’s race for governor and Democrat Andrew Gillum would bring “misery” to Florida if he wins.
That’s the focus of a statewide Spanish-speaking ad released Tuesday morning five weeks before the general election. The state Republican party says the ad highlights “Gillum’s failed record and radical policy proposals.”
The ad, called “Miseria,” starts with photos of Gillum and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has endorsed Gillum. It questions Gillum’s financial ties to progressive contributors and raises questions his possible involvement in an FBI investigation into allegations of political corruption involving business deals within Tallahassee City Hall.
“Andrew Gillum owes himself to Bernie Sanders. Gillum is financed by the extreme left and under a cloud of corruption,” the announcer says in the spot. “The Gillum agenda: Impose socialist ideas in Florida. Abusive taxes. Excessive government. Choking bureaucracy and parents losing control over the education of their children.
“None of these ideas have worked in the countries we know well,” the announcer goes on to say. “The Gillum agenda will bring the same results: MISERY. There is much at stake. The decision is in your hands.”
Gillum is running against Republican Ron DeSantis for governor. He has led the contest in every poll conducted to date, with his largest lead over DeSantis coming in a Quinnipiac University poll last week that showed the Democrat up by 9 percent. Real Clear Politics, which compiles an average of polls taken, has Gillum leading by 4.5 percent.