"Do he have friends who are lobbyists? You bet, says Allan Katz, a former city commissioner who served with Mr…
“Do he have friends who are lobbyists? You bet, says Allan Katz, a former city commissioner who served with Mr Gillum and later became Mr Obama’s ambassador to Portugal.” Did I have friends who were lobbyists? You bet. “
And when Mr Gillum seeks the state’s highest posts, at least one of these friends has taken luggage and dropped his name to an FBI investigation and, unknown to him, placing him in the expanded company of undercover agents. About two years ago introduced a lobbyist, Adam Corey, who had been close to Gillum since their student government days, to men who identified themselves as foreign developers who were keen to invest in real estate on Tallahassee’s south side ̵
1; but actually worked undercover to investigate the city’s social development agency for possible corruption Mr. Gillum has insisted that investigators told him that he is not their target, and the investigation has not yet been prosecuted. However, convicted documents revealed that Gillum took two personal trips in 2016 with the Corey to Costa Rica with a top Gillum advisor, Pittman, and another to New York with Gillum’s younger brother and agents na. Mr Gillum has said that he paid his own way for most of the trip, with his brother treating him to a Broadway performance of “Hamilton” and a hotel stay. Both trips are being investigated by Florida’s State Ethics Commission. Mr. Gillum’s younger brother Marcus refused to comment, and a Corey attorney refused to provide further information.
Mr. Gillum’s defender has said that there is nothing incompatible with the man and the city, they know.
“There is no corruption in the city of Tallahassee,” said Curtis Richardson, mayor’s pro tempore, in an interview. (Later he seemed to hedge something: “It’s not like systemic corruption, and several individuals are involved, and it’s from the top down. It’s not at all.”)
Mr. Katz, the former Commissioner, said that Mr Gillum had been too ambitious, too long to behave troubled. “He always looked for a political future for himself and was therefore very careful,” said Katz. “But we all involved in politics sometimes end up in the wrong room with the wrong guy.”
Mr. Gillum has chafed most on the labels applied to him as the survey churns, which he believes fails to catch business in total. “You just put people in character:” lobbyist and mayor, “said the mayor about the lobbyist question during a 45-minute interview at a local cafe.” I have a very easy time to say no to friends. “