Mayoral Candidate Dustin Daniels Coordinated Gillum Political Event as City Employee, Took Direction from Adam Corey

Mayoral Candidate Dustin Daniels Coordinated Gillum Political Event as City Employee, Took Direction from Adam Corey

Recently released emails show that Dustin Daniels, former Chief of Staff for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, was involved with coordinating a Tampa political event for Gillum when he was employed by the city of Tallahassee. So much so, that Daniels actually took directions from Gillum confidante and city lobbyist Adam Corey.

Also, the emails show no support for comments made to the Tallahassee Democrat by Gillum spokesman Jamie Van Pelt explaining the city purpose for the trip to Tampa.

The political event, which took place in Tampa in February 2016, was first revealed by Tallahassee Reports and has since been covered by other local and state-wide media.

Gillum traveled to the Tampa event with Adam Corey and Dustin Daniels on a private plane owned by Peter Leach, a developer and Democratic party donor.

When the trip was exposed by TR, the Mayor’s office said the trip was related to discussions about affordable housing.

“The mayor was invited by Peter Leach to a meeting at his office to learn about some of the work he was doing to advance wrap-around social services in schools and housing developments,” said Jamie Van Pelt, spokesman for the mayor. “While visiting Tampa the mayor also met with local political leaders before returning to Tallahassee.”

However, the newly released emails have no mention of affordable housing.

Rather, the communications were dominated by the logistics associated with setting up an an event at a high-end Tampa restaurant to expose Mayor Gillum to important Democratic Party power brokers that included Alex Sink.

The emails also show that Daniels was involved in scheduling the event, gathering input from the host about what was expected of Gillum at the meeting, and working with the host on a Gillum biography.

When Adam Corey asked Daniels to coordinate with the Leach, Daniels wrote in an email:

Greetings Peter,

I hope this message finds you well. Adam Corey asked that I reach out and send you the attached biography of Mayor Gillum. Please take a look and let me know if we can provide any additional information.Related to that, I wanted to ask you if you could provide some insight into the lunch meeting we have scheduled next Friday. Could you let me know who will be attending the meeting and also if Mayor Gillum should prepare anything?
We both look very much forward to connecting again next week.
Thanks and all the best,
Dustin

When Leach informed Daniels the provided bio was lacking, Daniels responded:

Thanks for the feedback, Peter. We absolutely have a much more detailed and substantive bio. We will make it available to you ASAP, and it includes more information about the Mayor’s accomplishments as well as the stances he has taken regarding Syrian Refugees, Marriage Equality, the confederate flag, etc.

Daniel’s was also tied to the use of city resources in the NGP VAN controversy which was settled when Gillum reimbursed the city of Tallahassee $5,000 for software that was used for political purposes.

Before the payment, Daniels -who had passwords for the software -maintained that the software was not used for any political purposes.

23 Responses to "Mayoral Candidate Dustin Daniels Coordinated Gillum Political Event as City Employee, Took Direction from Adam Corey"

  1. Hope   October 29, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    What a train wreck!

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  2. Domino   October 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Any Mayor that does not know how to file homestead exemption should stay away from the affordable housing conversation.

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    • News Maven   October 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Look closer.
      He’s getting his property assessed for $70K LESS than he bought it for 4 years ago. I’m AKIN to know how he did that. I thought property values had been going up during that time…not down.

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      • Snidely Whiplash   October 29, 2018 at 10:33 pm

        Let’s not forget our Leon County Property Appraiser Akin was sued by a lady because he gave her herpes or some STD. Wonder if Akin and Andy have the same strain of……
        .Stop right there Snidely thats just gross.

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  3. News Maven   October 29, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    BREAKING: Trump tweets Gillum is a thief:
    http://floridapolitics.com/archives/279283-donald-trump-andrew-gillum
    Gillum’s biggest issue with the charge? That Trump didn’t. “@” him in it…wowza.

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    • Snidely Whiplash   October 29, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      Dang Maven Trump just now kicked Gillum’s rear so hard on Laura Ingram’s show that Gillum is tasting Trump’s shoe polish. MAGA

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  4. Snidely Whiplash   October 29, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Oh look Gov. there’s your sign.
    Suspend Gillum as Mayor pending the outcome of your Attorney General’s investigation which – by the way – you have not ordered her to begin yet.
    Soooo right after coffee tomorrow morning 1). call Pam and get that started then right after lunch tomorrow 2). suspend Gillum as Mayor of Tallahassee pending the outcome of the investigation.
    OK??????

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  5. Joseph Mizereck   October 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Is there no end to the corruption in city hall?

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  6. Franklin Thompson   October 30, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Gillum was paid a salary by the far left think tank People for the American way. The way they operate is that they seek out who they feel are ‘prominent’ socialists, finance their campaigns and then pay them a salary while they are in office. Thus, he was their paid lobbyist since 2004 while a city commissioner and later as ‘mayor’.

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  7. James Anderson   October 31, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Democrats didn’t care when Madonna said she
    had thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.

    Democrats didn’t care when Kathy Griffin
    posed with a mock severed head of President Trump.

    Democrats didn’t care when a Broadway Play
    depicted the assassination of President Trump.

    Democrats didn’t care when Johnny Depp said,
    “how long has been since an actor assassinated a President”.

    Democrats didn’t care when Snoop Dog and
    Eminem made music videos about assassinating President Trump.

    Democrats didn’t care when dozens of people were shot to death
    at a Jason Aldean concert.

    Democrats didn’t care when Congressman Steve
    Scalise was shot at a baseball game.

    Democrats didn’t care when Robert De Niro
    said “somebody needs to take out Trump”.

    Democrats didn’t care when Carole Cook said
    “Where’s John Wilkes Booth when you need him?”

    Democrats didn’t care when Republican
    candidate Rudy Peters was attacked by a man with a switchblade.

    Democrats didn’t care when a Republican Party
    Office was set on fire.

    Democrats didn’t care when Eric Holder said
    “When they go low, we kick ‘em”.

    Democrats didn’t care when Trump family
    members received suspicious packages in the mail.

    Democrats didn’t care when Secretary of
    Defense James Mattis received death threats.

    Democrats didn’t care when Maxine Waters said
    “you get up in their face at the mall, in restaurants, at gas stations and you
    tell them Republicans they’re not welcomed anywhere”.

    Democrats didn’t care when Sarah Sanders and
    her family were harassed at a restaurant, instructed to leave and chased down
    the street.

    Democrats didn’t care when Department of
    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was harassed and chased out of a
    Mexican restaurant.

    Democrats didn’t care when Trump adviser
    Stephen Miller’s life was threatened and he was chased out of a restaurant.

    Democrats didn’t care when Attorney General
    Pam Bondi was harassed and chased out of a theatre.

    Democrats didn’t care when Rand Paul was
    attacked and beaten up in his own yard.

    Democrats didn’t care when two Republican
    senators: Rob Portman of Ohio and John Boozman of Arkansas were harassed in
    their own yards and on their own doorsteps.

    Democrats didn’t care when a 71-year-old
    female staffer for California Rep. Dana Rohrbacher was knocked unconscious by
    an angry group of liberal protesters.

    Democrats didn’t care when a North Carolina
    GOP office was firebombed by an angry mob of liberals.

    Democrats didn’t care when Hillary Clinton
    said “we can’t be civil to Republicans until Democrats return to power”.

    For over two years Democrats have encouraged
    hate, harassment, vandalism, acts of violence and even threats of
    assassination.

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  8. Hope   October 31, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Thank you, James.

    CNN and MSNBC need to tone down their rhetoric and quit stirring the pot, but on the other hand it does get voters out where conservatives have the edge in early voting and will vote out the liberal socialist agendas.

    May There Be Peace On Earth!

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  9. Concerned Citizen   November 1, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Will Gov. DeSantis be able to remove Mayor Gillum from office?

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    • Snidely Whiplash   November 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Legally yes Gov. DeSantis can and should remove Gillum as Mayor of Tallahassee.
      Will he do it?
      No he will not.
      Why just look at how reluctant and slow DeSantis was to begin hitting Gillum on his criminality as your “free look into the future” on just how weak, meek, and mild a Gov. DeSantis will be on Gillum in the future.
      Sure I voted for DeSantis.
      But hello it’s a friggin week before the election already. Most voters had already made up their minds before DeSantis summoned his courage to “Man Up” against Gillum.

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    • News Maven   November 5, 2018 at 12:52 am

      If DeSantis wins, he will take office as Gillum vacates his mayoral office.
      A better question: How to stop Gillum from running for POTUS in 2024 when Trump terms out.

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  10. AD   November 1, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Gillum is funding the caravan!

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    • News Maven   November 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Laundering Soros’ money?
      If that’s true, I’ve got but two words to say:

      RICO Act.

      Reply
  11. Fred Moyer   November 2, 2018 at 7:10 am

    To James Anderson: That little diatribe that you pasted is full of untruths. First, in most of the cases, Democrats did call them out and so they do care. Secondly, most of the quotes are made up. Just one example, Robert De Niro: here is a listing of what he has said about Trump: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-news-robert-deniro-trump-critic-20181025-story.html. Nothing about someone taking Trump out. Not only is your post dishonest, not only does it confuse the issue, not only is it defamatory, but remember that De Niro received a bomb from some nut case who might have been influenced by this stupid listing. Posting this article says more about you and your intellectual rigor than about the Democrats.

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  12. Mike   November 2, 2018 at 8:05 am

    If he wins as governor (doubtful), I look for gillum to invite the entire caravan and the others following it to Florida (if Jerry Brown doesn’t beat him to it). I can hear gillum now: “Welcome to Florida – here’s your food stamps, your taxpayer-funded housing, your taxpayer-funded healthcare, and your Dem-Socialist voting cards with the names of those you’ll vote for. Help me turn Florida into the countries you just fled.”

    I also hope that if gillum wins as governor, the FBI drops in (with fistfulls of indictments) to pick him up at the gov. mansion before he can unpack two boxes.

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  13. Smart person   November 2, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Wow…u people are truly SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  14. Smart Person   November 2, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Sad..sad…sad…..

    Reply
    • Mike   November 3, 2018 at 8:20 am

      These cheap bots are getting even less coherent with their “comments”. This one is stuck on a circular program glitch.

      Reply
  15. Hope   November 2, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I see the Gillum campaign is spiraling down into the desperate mode… Just received the endorsement of Michael Cohen like Cohen has any credibility.

    Pay raises for state workers? Why wasn’t he promoting that promise in the beginning?

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