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DeSantis Attack Ads Shamelessly Exploit Pulse, Lies About Mayor Gillum's Record

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Today, Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Kevin Donohoe issued the following statement on Ron DeSantis's new attack ad:

"Ron DeSantis' new attack ad is a moral abomination and filled with blatant lies and should be immediately taken down.

"Let's be clear: Andrew Gillum is not a socialist and to use that term to deceive and divide is an insult to the thousands of Floridians who have fled dictatorships. Mayor Gillum has lived the American dream and as governor he will fight to make sure every Florida family has the opportunity to succeed. In contrast, Ron DeSantis has a record of siding with Donald Trump and corporate special intersts above Florida families. Ron DeSantis has no plan to lift up Florida's working families and that's why he is being forced to run a campaign based on lies and fear.

"Finally, in this ad, DeSantis has shamelessly exploited the Pulse tragedy by using an image of Mayor Gillum receiving a Pulse ribbon from a victim's family. DeSantis will say or do anything to get elected — even if it means desecrating the memory of 49 angels who were murdered at Pulse. DeSantis did nothing to address gun violence after the Pulse massacre, but now he is happy to exploit the victims for political gain. It's disgusting."