Tallahassee Reports has confirmed additional facts about Mayor Andrew Gillum’s trip to New York with the supposed undercover FBI agent Michael Miller and Edison owner and city lobbyist, Adam Corey.
The New York trip was first reported by WCTV reporter Mariel Carbone. WCTV obtained a picture of Gillum, Corey, and Miller on a boat in New York harbor with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
The Tallahassee Democrat wrote that the Mayors Office released a statement that said Gillum “was in New York on the last day of a business trip for his previous employer, the People for the American Way Foundation, and was invited by Corey to see the Statue of Liberty.”
The statement makes it sound like the boat ride was an impromptu engagement.
However, after reviewing documents and talking to sources, TR has confirmed that a person named Michael Miller reserved and paid for rooms at the Millennium Hilton in New York City from August 10th through 12th. The other two presumed undercover FBI agents were also on the trip.
Sources verified that the trip included a New York Mets game and a viewing of the Broadway show Hamilton.
Finally, sources told TR that Mayor Gillum’s brother, Marcus Gillum, was also on the trip.
Gillum told WCTV that it “looks like people hanging out. I really am deeply offended by folks ascribing other meaning to it.”
However, given the presence of a city lobbyist and developers seeking to do business with the Community Redevelopment Agency there are number of questions that Mayor Gillum should answer.
First, who paid for the activities on the trip?
And second, why was Gillum’s brother included on a trip with three developers and a city lobbyist? Did he know the developers? Was Marcus Gillum friends with Adam Corey?
Gillum told WCTV, “It was frankly a couple of friends getting together.”
Gillum has yet to say who paid for anything on the trip. Florida law requires public officials to disclose gifts from lobbyists with a value over $100. None of Gillum’s gift disclosure forms obtained by TR mention anything about a trip to New York.
Also, there are laws that regulate what gifts can be accepted by associates of elected officials.