Back in August 2017 sources told TR that City Manager Rick Fernandez took football tickets from city lobbyist Adam Corey.
Now, some of the same sources tell Tallahassee Reports that Dustin Daniels, the current Chief of Staff for Mayor Andrew Gillum, also received free football tickets from city lobbyist and city vendor Adam Corey during the 2016 season.
The sources confirmed Daniels attended most, if not all of the home games, during the season.
The tickets, valued at approximately $400-$500, provided access to Corey’s infamous FSU skybox.
Florida statutes regulate the acceptance and solicitation of gifts by government employees. The level of possible ethics violations depends upon the job responsibilities that fall to Daniels in the Mayors Office.
For example, if Daniels was involved in procurement decisions or recommendations, the ethics rules are more restrictive.
Former City Manager Rick Fernandez recently resigned amid an ethics complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics over the football ticket issue.
In addition, the City’s Independent Ethics Board recently referred a complaint to City Manager Reese Goad which alleges other city employees received tickets from Corey during the 2016 season.
Tallahassee Reports has documented the relationship between Daniels and Adam Corey, who is a central figure in the FBI inquiry of city hall.
Daniels traveled with Corey, Gillum and Sean Pittman on a controversial trip to Pittsburgh in January of 2015.
Daniels also accompanied Corey and Gillum on a political trip to Tampa in February 2016 as Gillum was preparing to run for governor.
The Tallahassee Democrat recently wrote a story about Daniels possibly running for office. Daniels refused to confirm or deny a campaign was in his future.
However, multiple sources have told Tallahassee Reports that the talk around city hall is that Mayor Andrew Gillum and Sean Pittman, a city lobbyist, are encouraging Daniels to run for a City Commission seat or for Mayor.