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Ever think what life in Florida would be like if Andrew Gillum had won the 2018 election?

By Mark Young


I admit that, at times, I tend not to think about how grateful I should be during the good times. But eventually I get a moment to reflect on how different things could really be.

An example of that has to be the all-too close 2018 election between our current Gov. Ron DeSantis and the nightmare that would have been Andrew Gillum.

Can you imagine what Florida would be like right now under Gillum’s leadership?

It would be lockdowns, business closures, mask mandates, an economy in free fall and Florida becoming a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants.

I sure wish liberals would learn the difference between a migrant and an illegal immigrant. I mean what part of “illegal” don’t you understand and quit calling them migrants.

Anyway, Gillum was already destroying the economy in Tallahassee as a one-term mayor and the city saw record spikes in crime so I guess the best way out of his own failings was to run for governor.

Can you even imagine if Gillum was governor during this ridiculous defund the police movement? He would have jumped on that train like an illegal immigrant heading to Texas.

I hear Gillum is rebounding from his motel scandal where he was found passed out naked with a male escort and baggies of drugs in the room, something to this day Gillum said was a “set up.”

It was a set up, actually. It was set up by Gillum on Grindr.

I honestly don’t care what people do in their private lives, but I do care if they lie about it. If you lie about something illegal you’ve been caught doing, you have no business in politics.

Wait, I realize how that sounds as I sounded it out in my head.

In reality, liars fit right into politics, especially liberals who seem to love electing scandalous politicians to office.

I honestly think Gillum’s pre-election play date in a Miami motel room is what made the election so close. It just fits the progressive narrative. The more corrupt a politician is, the more progressives like them.

Remember Marion Barry, who served as mayor of Washington D.C. from 1979 to 1991? He got caught smoking crack during a federal drug sting. Barry couldn’t run in the next election because of his drug charges and did a six-month stint in federal prison.

That didn’t stop liberals from putting him back into office when he ran and won reelection in 1995.

At least Barry admitted to it, though. Even “cracked” a few jokes, pardon the pun.

Or how about Democrat Joe Morrissey who won a Virginia state senate seat in 2019 after he was disbarred as an attorney in 2014. He took a plea deal for indecent liberties with a child instead of going to trial on a statutory rape charge.

Morrissey bragged on a social media site about having sex with his 17-year-old intern multiple times and seemed particularly proud of the fact that they did it on the floor, “for good measure.”

Morrssey ran for the state senate seat in 2019 and won with 60% of the vote.

Morrissey had other sexual accusations against him and had been suspended twice and jailed five times as an attorney before losing his license for good.

And he still won. By 60% of the vote no less. Where was the #metoo folks when this was happening?

It’s mind boggling.

Politicians in both parties have scandals, but Democrats seem not to care before the election even happens.

Republicans are a little different about pre-election scandals and tend to punish elected officials for scandals while in office by voting them out. Hell, some Republicans even put the most conservative policy maker in modern American history out of the White House for mean tweets.

But then again, Virginia voters also elected Terry McAuliff to the governor’s office. Another progressive who is destroying that state and believes parents don’t have a say in what their children are taught.

I can hear the progressives cheering now.

He’s up for reelection on Nov. 2. An interesting side note is that when you Google Terry McAuliff, he comes up as the “former governor of Virginia.”

Hope Google has it right.

At least Barry did some time and was charged, unlike Gillum. Federal agents found several “baggies” of drugs in the room, including methamphetamine.

By that time, we already knew Democrats were not being charged with crimes thanks to Hillary Clinton who set the precedent with illegally destroying evidence. And we would later learn just how embedded the FBI was with the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

Now, of course, we know just how involved in the fake collusion story Clinton was, but there will never be any justice when it comes to powerful Democrats. They get away with murder, and I mean that literally. Clinton is still responsible for the deaths of brave Americans in Benghazi and spreading lies in partnership with their media allies.

I hear a lot of people say, “Oh, Hillary was fully investigated and they found she didn’t do anything wrong.”

Sorry, but that’s BS and if you believe that, I’m afraid I have to be the one to tell you that there is no Easter bunny either.

She was “investigated” in the same way the FBI “investigated” her knowingly destroying evidence. It’s a sham and if you don’t believe in the corrupt deep state who cover their own, it’s time to tell you there is no Santa Claus either.

She’s guilty and facts don’t lie even if the FBI does.

Liberal rag GQ did a big piece on Gillum earlier this year and he continues to try to dig his way back into the political spectrum. He’ll probably succeed because he’s a progressive liberal and, as noted, they love putting scandalous politicians into office.

Gov. DeSantis has been a wonderful leader for our state and thank God he won. It should have never been that close.

DeSantis is going to make a great president at some point soon, but I’m not ready to lose his leadership here at home. We’ll see how that plays out when and if President Trump makes an announcement.

Spoiler alert, he’s going to run.

I don’t understand how Democrats continue to put bad leadership into blue state offices. I would love to hear from a Democrat on whether they really believe the leadership in states like California, Michigan, Oregon and others are doing a good job.

Enlighten me on how high crime, out-of-control homelessness, economic hardships, government control over individual freedoms, ridiculous tax rates and COVID-related mandates make an environment in which you want to raise a family.

No, thank God for DeSantis and thank God for a lot of our local conservative leadership in Manatee County, as well.

I’ll talk about that soon. We have strong Republican leadership, but we can make it stronger.


By Mark Young

Mark Young is a U.S. Army veteran and a seasoned journalist of 25 years. His writing and reporting has garnered dozens of state press association and press club awards in Florida, Nebraska and Wyoming for investigative reporting, opinion writing, in-depth reporting and more.

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