Posts Tagged ‘2018 gubernatorial’

Report: Gwen Graham transfers $250K to state political committee

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Former Rep. Gwen Graham appears to be laying the framework for a 2018 gubernatorial bid.
POLITICO Florida reported Tuesday that Graham moved $250,000 from her congressional account, Graham for Congress, to Our Florida, a state political committee created on Feb. 2. State records show the money was given to Our Florida on Feb. 3.
Records show the committee’s chairwoman is Stephanie Toothaker, an attorney with Tripp Scott. According to POLITICO Florida, she served as special counsel for former governor and Sen. Bob Graham, the former congresswoman’s father.
The Tallahassee Democrat announced she would not run for re-election after one-term in Congress after her seat was redrawn to favor Republicans. She’s long been listed as one of several likely Democratic gubernatorial candidates, along with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and attorney John Morgan.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has already announced his run. So has Chris King, an Orlando area housing investor.
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Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan backs Andrew Gillum for governor

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan has thrown her support behind Andrew Gillum.
Jordan’s endorsement marks the first South Florida endorsement for the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2018 gubernatorial bid. The announcement comes just days after Reps. Ramon Alexander and Loranne Ausley announced they were backing his 2018 run.
“I’m proud to endorse Andrew Gillum as the right choice for Governor in 2018 – not just for my constituents in South Florida but for people all over our state who are struggling to make ends meet. His story of growing up in Miami and his family choosing between which bills to pay mirrors the struggles too many families face today,” said Jordan in a statement. “His people-centric campaign is just what we need to help working Floridians earn better-paying jobs and help more of our students either find a quality career, or go on to college without being crushed by student loan debt. He has walked the walk on issues that lift people up in their everyday lives, and it’s an honor to stand with a champion like Andrew.”
Gillum said he was honored to have Jordan’s endorsement, and said she has been “fighting her entire career for the working-class people like my family.”
Since announcing his run earlier this month, Gillum’s campaign has had a few bumps along the way. Last week, Tallahassee State Attorney Jack Campbell has asked the county sheriff to investigate whether Gillum improperly used city-owned software to send campaign emails.
Gillum has said he was certain there are no grounds for further action, saying he apologized and reimbursed the city for the expense of the software.
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Email Insights: Adam Putnam political committee brings in more than $2M in February

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The political committee backing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says it raised more than $2 million in February, bring total contributions to more than $9 million.
In an email  to supporters from Justin Hollis, the chairman of Florida Grown, said the committee raised more than $2.25 million in February 2017. Hollis said that one-month fundraising haul brought total contributions to the committee, which is expected to fuel Putnam’s 2018 campaign, to more than $9.4 million.
“Support for Adam’s Florida Grown PC is not only evident through fundraising, however, it’s also seen on social media platforms,” wrote Hollis. “More than 170,000 people follow Adam on Facebook, while Phil Levine has just 44,000, Bob Buckhorn has just 17,000, Gwen Graham has just 13,000 followers and the newly announced gubernatorial candidate from the Capital City Andrew Gillum has just under 17,000.”
Gillum formally announced his 2018 bid Wednesday; while Levine and Graham have both indicated they are mulling a bid. Buckhorn is also believed to be considering a run.
Putnam is expected to run in 2018. House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Sen. Jack Latvala are believed to be considering a run.
Hollis went on to say that behind the scenes, the Florida Grown team is “working hard, traveling the state and building relationships.”
 
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Report: Andrew Gillum apologizes for political emails

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign is already facing criticism, despite being barely a day old.
On Tuesday, Tallahassee Reports posted emails to its website that showed the mayor used email software purchased with city tax dollars to send out “an email blast to invite to a Biden/Clinton campaign event.” The site, which is run by Republican activist Steve Stewart, received the emails through a public records request.
According POLITICO Florida, Gillum’s team had denied charges the mayor used inappropriately used the NGP VAN technology. Instead, POLITICO Florida reported, the mayor’s office said it was used for constituent outreach.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported on three emails Tuesday linked to the Mayor’s Office using the NGP VAN system.
The first was sent after the first Tallahassee Forward Summit, and included the mayor’s campaign logo and campaign post office box. A second email was sent in August by Gillum’s wife that discusses his speech at the Democratic National Convention, and included an “unsubscribe” button that takes them to the NGP website. The third is an invite to an event featuring Vice President Joe Bide in Tallahassee.
The Biden email was also posted to Tallahassee Reports website.
In a statement provided to both POLITICO Florida and the Tallahassee Democrat, Gillum said he plans to reimburse the city for “all expenses related to the NGP email system.”
“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.”
Gillum told supporters on a conference call Tuesday he planned to run for governor in 2018. He officially launched his campaign Wednesday morning, sending

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Philip Levine launches political committee, hires Matthew Van Name

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine appears to be inching closer to a 2018 gubernatorial bid, launching a political committee earlier this month and hiring staffers to help coordinate a statewide tour.
Levine launched All About Florida earlier this month. State records show the Miami Beach political committee filed its statement of organization on Feb. 10.
Levine has hired Matthew Van Name to work for the political committee. Van Name recently served as U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s campaign manager and was formerly the Florida political director of the Service Employees International Union.
The news of Van Name’s hiring comes just one day before Levine is schedule to deliver remarks at the annual Cornerstone Award Breakfast sponsored by the Central Florida Urban League. Levine is expected to discuss his vision for Florida’s future.
Often mentioned as a 2018 contender, the rumor mill picked up in January when he announced he would not seek another term as Miami Beach mayor. In video, the Democrat said he looked forward to figuring out ways to “best to serve my community and my state; how to make Florida a 21st-century leader in the world economy.”
Around the same time, Christian Ulvert, one of Levine’s advisers, said the mayor would begin traveling the state to “listen to Floridians on how best to serve the state he loves.”
He is expected to make an announcement this spring about “his plans for continued public service.”
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