During the CNN Florida gubernatorial debate between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, the issue of Gillum signing on to an anti-police Dream Defender pledge was addressed.
Gillum’s response when DeSantis mentioned the pledge was, “I have no idea what pledge he is talking about.”
From the report: “Gillum on June 11, the day of a Freedom Forum hosted by the Dream Defenders, signed the Freedom Pledge, as did the other major Democratic candidates running for governor at the time: King, Gwen Graham and Philip Levine.
The Freedom Pledge, in part, states “I will fight for a Florida that divests from prisons, detention centers, guns and police…”
The Dream Defender pledge also states that “I pledge my support to the Freedom Papers.” The Freedom Papers is a twenty page document which addresses a number of issues including law enforcement. An image of the law enforcement section is below.
From the FloridaPolitics.com report:
Dream Defenders spokeswoman Nailah Summers said the candidate pledge basically demands two things. One is that a candidate won’t accept money from the National Rifle Association, and will return any donations to date. The other is that a candidate will take no donations from private prison corporations.
“We’ve always been very clear, we are not in lock step with Andrew Gillum, and he’s not in lockstep with us,” Summers said.
Dream Defenders leaders say the whole reason they seek out signatures is to hold candidates they support accountable to the people instead of special interests. But Summers doesn’t especially mind if Gillum distances himself from the group right now.
“It’s about holding Andrew Gillum accountable once he is in office,” Summers said.