Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is once again at the center of the political world.
This time, people are asking “What if?”
And that’s because one bombshell arrest just turned Ron DeSantis’ life upside down.
In 2018, Ron DeSantis defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the Florida Gubernatorial Election.
DeSantis won by just 30,000 votes to win the election.
At the time, Gillum was seen as the next Barack Obama and a potential superstar in the Democrat Party.
But allegations of corruption and pay-to-play from an FBI investigation hung over Gillum’s campaign.
And now the other shoe dropped with the Department of Justice indicting Gillum on multiple charges of using campaign donations for personal use.
Both face 19 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, each of which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Gillum faces two additional charges of lying to investigators, each of which carries a maximum five-year sentence.
According to the indictment, the FBI began to sniff out the alleged scheme in 2016, when Gillum was mayor and undercover agents investigating corruption in the city were steered to him. The two are alleged to have used his position as mayor, as a progressive activist and then as a top candidate for governor to skim money from a variety of individual donors and nonprofit groups, fraudulently pretending to perform voter outreach or to fight for local government rights while pocketing the cash — even after his campaign for governor ended in 2018.
Gillum then outrageously claimed the Biden administration indicting a fellow Democrat amounted to a political witch hunt.
“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,” Gillum declared. “Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political. Throughout my career I have always stood up for the people of Florida and have spoken truth to power. There’s been a target on my back ever since I was the mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing then, and I have full confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence now.”
The 2018 Florida Gubernatorial Election is one of the great “What ifs?” in American politics.
Had Gillum won, there would be no Ron DeSantis leading the fight against COVID mandates.
There would be no Republican willing to keep schools open and ban mask mandates and vaccine passports.
There would be no Republican Governor showing how to fight back against woke corporations.
Gillum’s arrest reminds Americans just how close they came to living in an alternate political universe where COVID mandates still rule the day.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.