August 19, 2022

Democrat Andrew Gillum indicted for 21 felonies, facing decades of prison time

Florida has a competent and successful leader in Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. The state also dodged a bullet by choosing him over his Democratic competitor, who is allegedly a felon.

Democrat Andrew Gillum, who lost to DeSantis in 2018, has been indicted on 21 felony charges, the Conservative Brief reported. If convicted, the 42-year-old could face decades of prison time.ย 

On Wednesday, Gillum was slapped with 21 felony charges stemming from alleged crimes committed during his campaign for Flordia governor. Among the charges were wire fraud, conspiracy, and allegations that Gillum filtered campaign donations through third parties to send the money back to his own pocket.

In addition, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida said the former mayor of Tallahassee was charged with making false statements to federal agents. When questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gillum had falsely denied discussing quid pro quo arrangments with two developers who turned out to be undercover agents.

Alleged co-conspirator Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, is a codefendant with Gillum for money scheme and wire fraud charges, the Associated Press reported. Hicks owned a communications company and had arranged to return donations as paychecks to Gillum.

Gillum emerged from a crowded field to become the 2018 Democratic nominee for Florida governor. Democrats were eager to support the young mayor, who would go on to lose to DeSantis by just 32,464 votes in a race where 8.2 million ballots were cast.

With a promising career ahead of him, Gillum was hired by CNN as an analyst. However, that all disappeared in March 2020 after Gillum was found passed out in a hotel room with a male escort and another man. Later, Gillum attended rehab and came out as bisexual.

These crimes Gillum allegedly committed are as serious as they are brazen. Political corruption is almost expected from Democrats, but Gillum was apparently terrible at covering his tracks — and now he will pay for it with his freedom if convicted.

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