Talking Points Memo reports:
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum on Thursday demanded that Florida TV stations stop broadcasting a “maliciously false” attack ad put out by the state Republican Party, warning that further broadcast of the ad would be intentionally defamatory.
In a cease-and-desist letter, lawyers for the Gillum campaign claims the ad was approved by his GOP opponent Rep. Ron DeSantis and makes “demonstrably false” claims. The 30-second spot focuses on an ongoing FBI public corruption investigation into the city government in Tallahassee, where Gillum serves as mayor.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports:
The spot began airing Tuesday night while Florida braced for the most powerful hurricane on record to ever come ashore along the Panhandle. The Gillum camp protest it mistates source material to claim he is under investigation and took “illegal trips.”
In a letter to television stations with contracts to broadcast the commercial, Gillum’s attorney Glenn Burhans told the stations that on the matter of ethics alone they should pull the ad.
“The Advertisement intentionally misstates and contorts facts,” wrote Burhans. “Any further publication or rebroadcast of the Advertisement by you will be intentional and made with actual knowledge of the maliciously false and defamatory statements.”
Gillum is not a subject of the investigation but the Florida GOP says it stands by the ad’s claim that he is “running from the FBI.” Top Florida law enforcement officials hit back today in their own ad seen below.