Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday warned Florida voters not to “monkey this up” by voting for his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Andrew Gillum, a comment that prompted fierce backlash.
“You know, this is a guy, although he’s much too liberal for Florida, I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee,” DeSantis said of the Democratic mayor during an appearance on Fox News.
DeSantis, who won his GOP primary the previous night, called Gillum “an articulate spokesman for those far-left views” and a “charismatic candidate” after his upset Democratic primary victory on Tuesday night.
“I watched those Democrats debate and none of that is just my cup of tea, but he performed better than the other people there, so we gotta work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction,” DeSantis said.
He then launched an attack on Gillum, a candidate backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who would be the first black governor of Florida if elected, accusing him of embracing a “socialist agenda.”
“Let’s build off the success we’ve had on Gov. Scott. The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases bankrupting the state. That is not going to work,” DeSantis said.
Via: The Hill