Gil­lum cam­paign de­mands TV sta­tions pull GOP ad

Demo­crat’s team sees ‘ma­li­cious false­hoods’ in state­ments about al­leged FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Steven Le­mon­gello

The An­drew Gil­lum cam­paign de­manded TV sta­tions pull a GOP ad they claim is de­lib­er­ately false and in­cludes “li­bel and slan­der of the worst sort.”

In a let­ter, the cam­paign said the ad “re­peats demon­stra­ble, ma­li­cious false­hoods” against Gil­lum by mak­ing false state­ments about his in­volve­ment in an FBI probe of the city of Tal­la­has­see.

The cam­paign said the ad, paid for by the Repub­li­can Party of Florida, was “made with ac­tual mal­ice.”

A GOP spokes­woman said the party stands by the ad.

Among the let­ter’s com­plaints is au­dio stat­ing “An­drew Gil­lum is run­ning for Gov­er­nor and also from the FBI” com­bined with “An­drew Gil­lum FBI In­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The cam­paign cited re­ports that the FBI has told Gil­lum he is not the sub­ject of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. They also wrote that the word­ing, “Il­le­gal Trips with Lob­by­ists,” is in­ten­tion­ally false, say­ing the cited source, a Tal­la­has­see Demo­crat ar­ti­cle, stated only that a trip to New York was the sub­ject of an ethics com­plaint.

Also, the cam­paign al­leges au­dio that states “Now Gil­lum re­fuses to dis­close who’s paid him” com­bined with text stat­ing “An­drew Gil­lum Re­fuses to Dis­close Who’s Paid Him” also mis­states the cited source, a Politico ar­ti­cle that re­ported Gil­lum “did not ac­cept any money and was not paid by any­one.”

The let­ter warns TV sta­tions any pub­li­ca­tion or re­broad­cast of the ad could spark le­gal action for what they con­tend would be the in­ten­tional spread­ing of false in­for­ma­tion.

“Re­gard­less of whether you be­lieve that you have a mer­i­to­ri­ous de­fense to broad­cast the ad­ver­tise­ment, as a mat­ter of ethics and com­mon de­cency, your sta­tion should de­cline to traf­fic in such shame­ful, false and ma­li­cious ad­ver­tis­ing,” the let­ter states. “Your view­ers, and share­hold­ers, de­serve bet­ter.”

The Gil­lum cam­paign has also been at­tack­ing the Florida GOP and the cam­paign of Ron DeSan­tis, Gil­lum’s op­po­nent in the Nov. 6 gen­eral election, for at­tack ads that con­tin­ued to run in the Pan­han­dle.

Later Thurs­day, the Gil­lum cam­paign re­leased an ad fea­tur­ing Orange County Sher­iff Jerry Dem­ings, Osce­ola County Sher­iff Russ Gib­son, and the sher­iffs of Alachua, Leon and Gads­den coun­ties crit­i­ciz­ing the DeSan­tis cam­paign for their at­tacks on Gil­lum.

“I can tell you that Ron DeSan­tis’ at­tacks are false. Pa­thetic. They’re just not true. As mayor of Tal­la­has­see, An­drew Gil­lum fought cor­rup­tion,” Dem­ings and Gib­son say in the ad, ti­tled “Tell You.”

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