When Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum turns his attention to his mayoral duties at the September 12th Tallahassee City Commission, he will be faced with a vote to extend a contract that will financial benefit one of his Costa Rica travel companions- Sean Pittman
Interestingly, the item listed on the city agenda, which addresses the city’s state lobbyist contract, was originated from Gillum’s office.
In fact, Mayor Gillum’s office is recommending the city commission “approve the award of a one-year contract extension for State General Lobbying Services to Ronald Book P.A..”
In September 2016, Gillum recommended a contract extension to the the highest bidder, Ronald Book P.A.
Pittman has been a part of the Ronald Book P.A. city of Tallahassee lobbying team for years.
Also, Pittman is a personal friend and frequent travel companion of Gillum, a campaign donor, and a city vendor.
Tallahassee Reports was the first to document a controversial trip by newly elected Mayor Gillum to Pittsburgh which included Pittman, Adam Corey and Dustin Daniels.
More recently, media reports have documented a Gillum’s trip to Costa Rica which, again, included Pittman and Corey. At the time, both Pittman and Corey where city of Tallahassee vendors.
Also, Gillum has not been able to provide documents verifying his payment explanation for his accommodations while in Costa Rica. In fact, Mr. Corey –through his attorney – has disputed Gillum’s explanation.