Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) recently found himself the target of some very passive-aggressive shots fired by former President Barack Obama in an endorsement video of Charlie Crist (D), DeSantis’ top opponent for the governor’s office.
“Hey Florida, we have a lot of work to do. And it starts with making Charlie Crist your next governor,” stated Obama, going further, “So if you’re ready for a governor who cares about people instead of bullying them, who will fight for voting rights, and a woman’s right to choose, who understands the challenges you’re facing every day, and who will fight for you — vote for Charlie Crist.”
The comments from Obama fell pretty flat When you consider that Crist has made reference to DeSantis with heavily derogatory language, up to calling the man “DeSatan.”
Obama doesn’t mention Ron DeSantis by name here, but he does say Charlie Crist “cares about people, instead of bullying them.” pic.twitter.com/fsYMIgbbT5
— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) October 21, 2022
It was highlighted by WESH 2 News that DeSantis gathered quite a few endorsements that same day, including those from the National Federation of Independent Business Florida PAC, the Florida Trucking Association PAC, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, and the Florida Home Builders Association.
“It’s wonderful to have these endorsements here today,” stated DeSantis. “And I think particularly on this day when we have the state-by-state unemployment numbers put out. Florida’s unemployment rate is now 2.5%.”
DeSantis expressed that this was the first time in close to nine decades that the Florida Trucking Association PAC has stepped up to make a political endorsement.
In the same vein, Obama campaigned for DeSantis’ previous opponent, disgraced Democrat Andrew Gillum, as well back in the 2018 elections.
Just a few years later in 2020, however, Gillum, who is both married and has children, was discovered with a male escort inside of a hotel room allegedly surrounded by baggies of crystal meth.
Gillum was officially charged within a federal court this past summer for a string of over 21 felonies in relation to the 2018 Florida gubernatorial campaign, which failed spectacularly.
“A federal grand jury has returned a twenty-one count indictment against Andrew Demetric Gillum, 42, and Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, both of Tallahassee, Florida,” expressed the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida in a release.
“The Indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, defendants Gillum and Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through false and fraudulent promises and representations that the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose,” read the statement. “The Indictment further alleges the defendants used third parties to divert a portion of those funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently provided the funds, disguised as payroll payments, to Gillum for his personal use.”
“Both defendants are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud,” the statement concluded. “Gillum is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
If found to be guilty, Gillum could face up to five years in prison for making false statements, another 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and 20 years in prison per charge for wire fraud