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Posted on October 10, 2017
Tallahassee Reports has learned that Dr. Erwin Jackson has filed an ethics complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics over Mayor Andrew Gillum’s recently revealed trip to New York.
The complaint alleges that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum may have violated the Florida Code of Ethics by accepting gifts from a city lobbyist, a city vendor, or someone seeking to do business with the city in the form of (1) a trip to New York, (2) a ticket to a professional baseball game, (3) a ticket to a Broadway show, (4) a boat tour of the Statue of Liberty, and (5) having some or all of these same gifts provided to his brother.
Mayor Andrew Gillum has refused to answer any questions about the logistics of the trip.
Dr. Jackson told TR that “since Andrew is not talking, filing an ethics complaint with the state is the only way get answers to questions that the public has the right to know.”
The New York trip was first reported by WCTV reporter Mariel Carbone. WCTV obtained a picture of Gillum, Adam Corey, and Mike Miller on a boat in New York harbor with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported 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.”
TR later reported 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.
TR also reported that sources verified that the trip included a New York Mets game and a viewing of the Broadway show Hamilton.
Dr. Jackson has previously filed a complaint against Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez.