I have made no secret that I prefer Andrew Gillum to Gwen Graham. I can do that. I write an opinion column, albeit a truthful one.
When it comes to Andrew Gillum and Gwen Graham, some of the other things I read that are supposed to be objective, may as well be opinion pieces too.
They are so slanted towards Gwen Graham, Bob Graham may as well have written them.
Take today, for instance.
Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer endorsed Gwen Graham.
That’s fine. It’s his right to endorse the person he decides to endorse.
The fact that he did not support Gillum on banning the box, fighting the gun lobby, and a multitude of other things aside, it makes sense that he would endorse a very conservative Democrat such as Gwen Graham.
Well, the media went wild!
“Gil Ziffer endorses Graham OVER Gillum,” the headline reads.
They say it’s big news and it’s worded that way because Ziffer and Gillum serve together.
When Alcee Hastings endorsed Andrew Gillum, why didn’t the headlines and tweets read “Hastings endorses Gillum OVER Graham”?
Hastings and Graham served together.
Why didn’t journalists seek comment from Gwen Graham as to why a member of Congress she served with didn’t endorse her, and endorsed Andrew Gillum OVER her?
When Frederica Wilson endorsed Andrew Gillum, why didn’t the headlines and tweets read “Wilson endorses Gillum OVER Graham”?
Wilson and Graham served together.
Has any endorsement Gillum received been portrayed that way?
Why is Gwen Graham being made out to be this porcelain doll, not to be called out on her duplicitous way of campaigning for Congress and governor? They are polar opposites of each other on some key issues.
Is it out of deference to her daddy?
Bob Graham isn’t running for governor, Gwen Graham is.
If she can’t stand the heat, she should get out of the kitchen.
You don’t turn the heat down for her because you think she’s this dainty woman, all the while turning the heat up for the others in the race.
And shame on Gwen Graham for allowing it, encouraging it even.
It makes sense that she is dropping in the polls.
Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1