Dear MoveOn member,
Last night, progressive Andrew Gillum did what many thought was impossible: He won the Democratic primary for governor of Florida! He is a bold, powerful voice for change with a real chance to turn Florida blue—and Republicans are running scared. Which is why, less than 24 hours after his victory, the vicious attacks from the right have already begun.
This morning, Donald Trump called him a "failed socialist," and Andrew's opponent in the race, Rep. Ron DeSantis—who was hand-picked by Trump himself—went even further and employed a disgusting, racially charged epithet as a way to discredit him.1,2
Let's be very clear: These types of attacks should have no place in our politics or our society today. And the best rebuke to these down-in-the-gutter tactics? Electing incredible leaders like Andrew Gillum and showing Trump and his allies the power of the Resistance.
Click here right now to chip in $3 to Andrew's campaign and help elect the first Black governor of Florida. 100% of your donation will go to his campaign.
Let me tell you a little bit about Andrew Gillum.
His mother drove a school bus, and his father was a construction worker—humble roots in the life of a public servant who has dedicated his entire career to fighting for those who deserve a seat at the table.3
Andrew is the mayor of Tallahassee, where he worked to develop a thriving and fair economy, took on the gun lobby and won, and stood up to President Trump and right-wing Governor Rick Scott to defend immigrant communities.
He ran an unapologetic, progressive campaign in Florida—shocking a lot of people who wrote him off in his primary. But that bruising primary win has left his campaign with little money at a time when GOP megadonors such as the Koch brothers are going to spend millions to tear him down.
Can you rush a contribution of $3 or more to Andrew Gillum's bold, progressive campaign for Florida governor? Every donation matters for his team after a bruising and costly primary.
This morning's attacks make one thing very clear: Republicans are so terrified of the blue wave headed their way this November that they are willing to engage in gutter tactics.
They know that Americans are itching for change and want elected officials like Andrew to represent them.
Gillum will fight to end "stand your ground," to support single-payer health care, to transition off fossil fuels, and to stop severe voter suppression efforts that have taken place in Florida for far too long. (Those efforts, in addition to the 5-4 Bush v. Gore decision by a right-wing Supreme Court, cost us the White House in 2000.) So whether you live in California (as I do) or another state, this race should matter to you. I'm hoping you'll help out. So I'm asking:
Will you join me right now and chip in $3 to his campaign to help Andrew fight back and win?
Thanks for all you do.
P.S. This race matters. To all of us.
If we'd had a scrupulously fair-minded governor in the Florida governor's mansion back in 2000, history might have turned out very, very different. Taking back the governor's mansion in Florida is CRITICAL to the 2020 elections. And Gillum will fight to end stand your ground, to support single-payer health care, to transitioning off fossil fuels, and more. So I'm asking:
Will you join me right now and chip in $3 to help elect Andrew Gillum the first Black governor of Florida?
1. Tweet from Donald Trump, August 29, 2018
2. "DeSantis Warns Florida Not to 'Monkey This Up,' and Many Hear a Racist Dog Whistle," The New York Times, August 29, 2018
3. Andrew Gillum for Governor, accessed August 29, 2018
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