Federal Bureau of Investigation was the source of Andrew Gillum's 'Hamilton' ticket, new records show

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Gillum, who is seeking to become the state's first black governor, mentioned that DeSantis said the day after the primary that Florida voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by supporting Gillum.

Initially, Gillum dodged the question. Today, a lobbyist and friend of Gillum's released emails which prove Gillum accepted a ticket to Hamilton while on a trip to New York City.

He said he would never accept support from groups that call for a boycott of Israel, referencing Gillum's association with the Dream Defenders.

The newly released text messages clearly contradict Gillum's claim, showing that the Tallahassee mayor knew the tickets came from "Mike Miller", an undercover FBI agent investigating corruption in Gillum's government who was posing as a developer.

DeSantis has said that the phrase was not intended as a "dog whistle".

The story of the FBI investigation long preceded Gillum's decision in early 2017 to run for governor.

"I know firsthand that when we start going down that road, it can be very, very deadly", DeSantis said.

In neighboring Florida, race has been part of the bitter contest between Gillum and former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis from the outset. An attorney for Corey turned over the documents to the ethics panel in response to a subpoena.

"Because you won't answer the question", DeSantis fired back, later asking, "But question is, did you pay for the "Hamilton" ticket or did the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent pay for the "Hamilton" ticket?" "We did go to see "Hamilton.' I did get my ticket for 'Hamilton" from my brother". A gift from a family member would not have triggered state ethics rules for public disclosure.

"Awesome news about Hamilton", Gillum replied.

DESANTIS: Did you pay for Hamilton?

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"Marcus Gillum gave Mayor Gillum a ticket to see "Hamilton" that night", the campaign said on September 4.

"These messages only confirm what we have said all along", Gillum claimed. Instead, he appeared to suggest again that it was his brother, not him, who had acquired the ticket.

The records include text messages between Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, and former lobbyist Adam Corey. "I will get all the rooms booked". "When Andrew deals with them, he deals with an undercover agent, posing as a contractor he was on a junket with, in New York City".

Gillum, who was in NY on business, initially declined the hotel room offer, but then told Corey he did need a place to stay for the second night.

However, Gillum appears to have spent the night of August 10 at a Millenium Hilton room booked by "Miller" after the mayor previously told Corey that "I won't need a room".

Gillum is also facing scrutiny for a trip to Costa Rica. He also was suspected of harassing at least one Sandpoint resident, and he captured the interest of police in Alexandria, Virginia, after city leaders there received threatening, anti-Semitic calls from a phone number tied to him and an Idaho-registered company. "He is usually pretty responsive", he wrote.

That list shows Gillum and his wife, R. Jai Gillum, were responsible for $941.95, but that line was crossed out.

The robocall, which Gillum's campaign blasted as "deeply offensive", is the second to go out during the general election. The campaign said the villa cost about $1,400 a night, split among about a dozen people.

In one of the emails from June 2016, Corey promised his accountant a break-down of an $8,868 credit card charge. When his accountant asked for invoicing details, Corey's assistant listed the amount to be invoiced to the Gillums at $941.95.

Chestnut, who is black, said she believes the call was "specifically created to intimidate me and any other African-Americans that hold a leadership role".

"As reflected by those records, no criminal activity took place", Corey's lawyer, Kise, wrote in a statement shared with the Tampa Bay Times.

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