Andrew Gillum picked the lieutenant governor HE wanted and some people are mad.
Listen, while I like Chris King and I support this choice, King wasn’t my first choice, either.
I’m not mad, though.
My first choice was Dave Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County. Dave is a great guy. He has state legislative experience, having been a state senator. He has done wonders with shutting down pill mills. He leads this state in trying to fix the opioid crisis.
Palm Beach is better because of his clean-up of the Sober Home industry.
Let’s not forget that a police officer is on trial for killing unarmed Corey Jones, a black man. The officer didn’t get the “Stand Your Ground” defense, typically handed out like candy to killers of black men.
Aronberg was also under consideration for U.S. attorney.
After all of that, he didn’t get the nod.
Why not? It’s Andrew Gillum’s choice. Not mine.
Meanwhile, people are upset that Gwen Graham didn’t get asked, let alone chosen.
How can that be a surprise to anyone?
Word on the street is that Graham was behind media hit pieces against Gillum, as well as telling donors not to give him money.
In selecting Graham as LG, Gillum would have had to sleep with one eye open.
What’s funny to me is that 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump, yet white women are mad that this man didn’t choose a white woman as his running mate.
Y’all didn’t choose a white woman as your president ... so stop!
Gillum and King had an obvious friendship on the campaign trail. Although I never met King, he seems a very likeable guy.
I’m hoping he can help Gillum bring it home, and those who are looking to bring it home too, let go of that Graham pipe dream.
Keystone XL pipe dream.
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