It wasn’t a political foe or a journalist that compared Andrew Gillum’s email troubles with Hillary Clinton’s famous problems – it was Andrew Gillum.
When discussing his well documented email software problems at the Capital Tiger Bay luncheon today, Mayor Andrew Gillum stated:
“I think people have been fooled once by a fake email issue, and they’re not going to be fooled again.”
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email troubles were widely considered – by both Republicans and Democrats – to be a major reason why voters had questions about her trustworthiness.
After fielding a question from Capital Tiger Bay member Dr. Erwin Jackson about the email software, Gillum said he was not perfect and that his email issue was caused by a human error. He also said if he had it to do over again he would “absolutely” use the same email system.
He added that “I have not taken any money from the taxpayer.”
Gillum’s comments on the email issue seem to be at odds with a statement released by his campaign in late February:
“It is ultimately my responsibility that an official government email system in my office was used to send messages that were not related to government business,” he said in the statement. “It was inadvertent, but that does not make it okay. I’m sorry, and I plan to reimburse the city of Tallahassee for all expenses related to the NGP email system.”
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the email software issue.
Other takeaways from the meeting:
Gillum touted his record in Tallahassee by pointing to a recently initiated solar project and said that Tallahassee is a “thriving mid-size city” and “we’ve got a lot to be proud of.”
Referring to Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature, Gillum said our “political leadership has failed us.” He characterized the Florida economy as serving only the wealthy and said his first obligation as governor “is to put the economy on track to serve all of us.”
Gillum told the crowd that Democrats will not win with a “Republican-lite” candidate.
Gillum called Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam “a nice fellow” but then indicated Putnam’s votes while in Congress resulted in bankers getting rich and others getting stuck with the Great Recession.
When Dominic Calabro, President of Florida TaxWatch, asked what three things Gillum would do as governor to raise worker wages, Gillum responded by saying he would promote a radical infusion of trades into the education system, expand the use of solar energy to create high paying installer jobs, and grow the healthcare sector by expanding medicaid.
When a member of Capital Tiger Bay asked about the crime rate in Tallahassee, Gillum commented that the issue was addressed by hiring 35 more police officers and he expects the crime numbers for 2016 to be better than 2014 and 2015. He did not comment on what city commission policies or decisions may have led to the high crime rate.