Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, reportedly received tickets to Broadway’s Hamilton from an undercover FBI agent, contrary to past claims.
Gillum has repeatedly claimed that his brother, Marcus, provided him with tickets to see the Broadway show, Newsweek reports. However, The Tampa Bay Times obtained new documents and text messages on Tuesday which show the mayor received tickets from an undercover FBI agent. The text messages show an exchange between Gillum and his campaign treasurer Adam Corey.
The tickets were allegedly exchanged during a trip to New York with Corey and he believed the developer’s name is Mike Miller.
“Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.,” Corey texted Gillum on August 10, 2016.
“Awesome news about Hamilton,” Gillum replied.
Chris Kise, who is representing Corey in a Florida Ethics Commission probe regarding Corey and Gillum’s trips to New York City and Costa Rica in 2016, was forced to release the documents and text messages after Corey received a subpoena.
“These records vindicate and add more evidence that at every turn I was paying my own way or was with my family, for all trips, including picking up tickets from my brother, Marcus, who was with a group of his own friends,” the Gillum campaign said in a statement. “But this isn’t about a Broadway show, it’s about a sideshow, because Ron DeSantis and his associates have no vision, no healthcare plan, and are running the most false, negative campaign in Florida history. Floridians deserve better.”
Gillum continues to claim that this new evidence doesn’t matter, noting that when he arrived at the theatre, his brother handed him the ticket.
“If I had to do it again I would’ve been a lot more circumspect about the people that are allowed to be around me and come into my space,” Gillum said of Corey in an interview with MSNBC. “I’ve had the opportunity to learn from it, grow from it and move on.”