State officials in Florida are moving forward with an ethics complaint against former Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum after finding probable cause on five of six counts that he violated ethics laws in 2016 by accepting gifts from lobbyists during trips.
The records in the case have not been made public by the state Commission on Ethics, but Gillum’s lawyer, Barry Richard, said late last week after leaving a hearing at the First District Court of Appeal that case will head to an administrative judge.
“We’re going to have a full evidentiary hearing before an independent judge. It’ll be open to the public, and everybody can decide for themselves,” Richard said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “There for sure will be no settlement.”
Despite his narrow loss in the gubernatorial race to Ron DeSantis in November, Gillum has remained in the spotlight as a potential 2020 presidential candidate thanks to his fundraising influence, volunteer lists in the swing state of Florida and a high-profile meeting with former President Barack Obama.