The Floridian reported on the Miami Beach Police’s latest actions to let failed Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum off the hook.
The Floridan made various requests for the Police body camera footage to be released from the hotel overdose incident which involved the Democrat candidate, a male escort, and another man. Now, the police department has released all of the records from the incident.
Last month, Gillum was discovered “under the influence” in a hotel room in Miami Beach with two other men. One of those men apparently overdosed on a controlled substance.
Gillum’s attorney sent out a cease and desist letter which confirmed that the former gubernatorial candidate was present in the hotel room.
The body camera footage was released but the audio recording and video footage were substantially edited because the City of Miami Beach believed that those involved in the incident deserved some degree of privacy.
Police essentially edited all of the audio recordings or video images that could have cast Gillum in a negative light. One of the video recordings was completely deleted.
One of the body cam videos was activated once law enforcement got on the elevator. But once they entered the room, the footage was blurred and the audio was heavily edited.
It is indeed curious how heavily redacted audio and video were only released.
Curious minds would like to know if journalists will ever get any of the unedited audio and video.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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