Timing could be ideal for Andrew Gillum, but sloppiness threatens to derail him
From this week's column on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum:
....So far, Gillum generates considerably more enthusiasm at candidate forums than the other credible candidates — frontrunner Gwen Graham, a former Tallahassee congresswoman and daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham, and businessman Chris King of Winter Park.
He has won a slew of endorsements and some notable campaign donations. Among them: Billionaire George Soros ($100,000); TV legend Norman Lear, who founded People For The American Way, where Gillum works ($50,000); Jane Fonda; U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, the Democratic U.S. House member representing Broward and Palm Beach counties; St. Petersburg City Council member Lisa Wheeler Bowman; and Democracy for America, the liberal, grassroots-driven political action committee founded more than a decade ago by Howard Dean.
"Going back to the traditional, establishment candidate is just not going to do it for the Democrats. That's what we have done for the last 20 years and we've had zero wins," said Tampa lawyer and former state Senate candidate David Singer, a Gillum supporter. "We haven't had someone this dynamic, this personable in the last several decades on the Democratic side."
His main obstacle may not be Graham, a charming and tireless campaigner herself, or even a potential run by mega-rich personal injury lawyer John Morgan. Rather, Gillum's own sloppiness ultimately could be his undoing....