Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum feels disrespected that his Republican gubernatorial opponent Ron DeSantis referred to him as “Andrew” in the two debates that occurred over the past week.
Speaking Thursday at Florida Memorial University, Gillum took DeSantis to task for the perceived lack of decorum. “I met him for the first time the other night and then all of a sudden, without invitation, he was calling me only as Andrew. Between the two of us, he quit his job in Congress, I’m a sitting mayor, and he had the nerve to address me only as Andrew?” Gillum said, according to the Miami Herald.
Asked about Gillum’s complaint over the weekend, DeSantis unleashed a tirade. Speaking to WTVT reporter Jennifer Holton, DeSantis said, “He called me a dog in the debate. Did you watch that? So what, he has his own standard and I have a different standard? Is there a double standard here? Okay, fine. Crooked Mayor Gillum. How about that? He took bribes, he was wrong. How about, Failed Mayor Gillum? He has the highest crime in Tallahassee. The highest number of murders in history. His former chief of staff is campaigning against his record, running for Tallahassee (mayor) right now. How about Radical Mayor Gillum because he signed this Dream Defenders pledge and we will not disavow them. He will not disavow them, he stands with them, he stands by them. They are militantly anti-police and anti-law enforcement. It is what it is. I’m going to shoot straight.”
— Jennifer Holton FOX 13 (@jennholtonFOX) October 27, 2018
Mayor Gillum responded to DeSantis’ comments with a simple, “Now, now Congressman. Only 10 days left, okay?
Now, now, Congressman. Calm down. Only 10 days left, okay? https://t.co/CMgQnLcDmG
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 27, 2018