Andrew Gillum Draws Fire for How He Handled Hurricane Hermine

The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) came out swinging at Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, for his handling of Hurricane Hermine in 2016 when parts of Tallahassee were left without power for several days.

The RPOF unveiled two TV ads on Thursday hitting Gillum over his leadership.

“After the hurricane, we had no electricity for over a week,” a woman says in the first ad. “Utility companies lined up trucks to restore power. But as mayor, Andrew Gillum refused help from workers. The trucks just sat, while people suffered. Incompetence, or extreme politics, I don’t know. But leaders are supposed to help people in tough times. And Andrew Gillum, he didn’t help us. He failed us.”

“My son was diagnosed with complex autism,” another woman says in the second ad. “High temperatures typically cause health complications for children like him, that require special licensed facilities. After the hurricane, they lost power, and should have been first-restored.

They begged Mayor Andrew Gillum for help, but Gillum turned away workers who could have restored our power. It was devastating. Pure politics or bad judgment, Andrew Gillum failed us, and we’ll never forget.”

With Republican candidate former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSanits, R-Fla., closing in on Gillum in recent polls, Johanna Cervone, a spokeswoman for the Democrat, pushed back, noting that 90 percent of Tallahassee residents had their power restored within three days. She also jabbed DeSantis for voting against disaster relief.

“Ron DeSantis’ ugly and empty campaign continues today with yet another conspiracy theory about Mayor Gillum’s record,” she said. “Here’s the truth: in Tallahassee’s first major storm in 30 years, with 90 percent of power infrastructure damaged, Mayor Gillum worked across agencies to successfully restore power much faster than anticipated. It’s pure hypocrisy for Ron DeSantis to play politics with natural disasters when he’s repeatedly voted against disaster relief funding, and he still defends Donald Trump’s horrifically botched response to Hurricane Maria that resulted in a staggering loss of life.”

 

Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com

5 COMMENTS

  1. Those people in PR died because of their own corrupt GOV!!! Trump didn’t cause 3000 deaths there. Those numbers are a farce and they know it ! DeSantis FOR GOVERNOR!!!
    SOCIALISM KILLS !!!

    • Gina I hope you’re not sending your children to those socialists School I certainly hope you’re not going to take that socialist Social Security. I also hope you don’t use those socialist fireman or paramedic so police officers remember just opted out don’t let those socialists take over

    • My neighborhood is mostly Puerto Rican and they will tell you that the reason they live in the USA is because of their corrupt government. All socialists want is more more more and that is what has hurt Puerto Rico, not to mention the state of IL and others who are on the verge of bankruptcy. Gimme gimme gimme, does not give people the incentive to work, nor does it pay the bills. So now the Puerto Rican government wants to blame the USA for not giving them enough handouts.
      Social Security, Paramedic’s, Police, and Schools are paid for by the working people. If you paid taxes you would know that.

  2. As a country, we need to be less polarizing. We depend on government to build, protect, educate, etc. This country has built the necessary infrastructure to sustain itself with moderate views and partnerships across the isle. Our country relies on this or it will be destroyed from the division that helps nobody.

  3. As a country, we need to be less polarizing. We depend on government to build, protect, educate, etc. This country has built the necessary infrastructure to sustain itself with moderate views and partnerships across the isle. Our country relies on this or it will be destroyed from the inside out.

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