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Morgan Warns Gillum Not to Run Again

August 29, 2019 - 6:00am
John Morgan and Andrew Gillum
John Morgan and Andrew Gillum

John Morgan, a political rainmaker, on Wednesday threatened to sue Andrew Gillum, if the Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate runs for office again. 

Morgan’s remarks to the Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee were an escalation of a public tirade over Gillum’s decision to sit on more than $3 million ahead of the November election, which the Democrat narrowly lost to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In October 2018, Morgan contributed $250,000 to Gillum’s political committee, Forward Florida. When the powerful Orlando trial lawyer asked Gillum for his money back, Morgan said he was told “no.”

“If he does decide to run again, I do believe I have a cause of action,” Morgan told the crowd of political insiders on Wednesday. “I do believe I will sue him to get that $3.7 million back to the ones that gave at the end. I do believe that.”

Gillum responded to Morgan’s Tiger Bay comments on social media, tweeting, “When keeping my name in your mouth makes you relevant…”

This is not the first time bad blood between the two men has been in full view.

Morgan and Gillum have engaged in a series of Twitter spats, with the influential lawyer raising questions about the political candidate’s unspent campaign funds.

Morgan summed up the feud on Wednesday.

“Andrew Gillum kept that money to promote Andrew Gillum,” he said. “I gave my money to promote things I believe in.”

After his November loss to DeSantis, Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor, said he would use the money to register and “re-engage” 1 million voters for next year’s presidential election.

Morgan quipped earlier this summer --- and again on Wednesday --- that Gillum should use the money to help felons pay for restitution, fees and fines, so they can get their voting rights restored.

Under a new law approved by the Republican-dominated state Legislature this spring, Floridians who have been convicted of felonies must pay all court-ordered financial obligations before they are eligible to have their voting rights restored. The state law carried out a constitutional amendment, approved in November, that restored voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

But Gillum, responding to Morgan this summer on Twitter, insisted the money was already committed to the voter registration effort.

“Really?” Morgan sarcastically asked Wednesday. “How many have you registered?”

Morgan said Gillum’s move is hard to comprehend because over the years, he has learned that “it is very hard to beat money” in Florida politics.

While he blasted Gillum for almost half of his 40-minute lunchtime talk Wednesday, Morgan also spoke about his two passions: the push to legalize medical marijuana and his latest fight to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Morgan spent about $4 million of his and his law firm’s money backing a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in 2016. More than 71 percent of Floridians supported the amendment.

Now, Morgan is bankrolling a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually raise Florida’s minimum wage. 

In July, he gave more than $1 million to the political committee Florida For a Fair Wage, which is trying to get the amendment on the November 2020 ballot. Morgan and his law firm have contributed more than $4 million toward the effort, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Morgan said the fight for a higher minimum wage should not be seen as a political issue, pointing to lessons he has learned in church about loving God and your neighbors.

“This is an issue of morals and ethics and religion,” he said.


John "For the People" (Commie Slogan) will do anything to push politics to the left. He's single-minded, and will spend MILLIONS to get what he wants. Slimy bunch (of sub-Morgans) make up Multi-Chin John's "GO TO COURT AND WIN" no matter what the Law says.

I get it. Based on John Morgan's comments: You raise the minimum wage to $15 and legalize pot. Then the person getting a raise buys some pot and loves God?

"Chins" Morgan, a "rainmaker"?!?!?... He'll pee on you and call it "baptism", if there's a $ in it..

Who is John Morgan.

Big deal! Morgan and Trump apparently share the same strain of megalomania topped off with an extra helping of grandiosity.

I love it when hate-filled fascist democrats squirm like you're doing right now. Ha ha ha ha!

Studies have shown that marijuana use has increases the risk of developing Schizophrenia by 40% - the facts are clear that the engineered products pouring onto the market are high potency THC and this will serve as a catalyst for an expansion of schizophrenia.

Ahhh, that explains the behavior of the brain-fried democrats that want to be president. Makes sense.

OMG heads on the left are exploding!!!!!! They are fighting their knee jerk go to of just calling John Morgan a white supremacist and a racist. But they cant...they just cant...and its just killing everyone on the left. BTW it also proves how full of crap the left is. And furthermore it proves that everyone on the left knows Gillum is a crook. Oh boy the left hates John Morgan for being the one and only honest leftist on the planet. He probably goes yo church and believes in Jesus too...OMG the left hates Morgan ... but cant say anything...and it's just delicious to watch!!!

It's always fun to see democrats eating their own. Gotta love it!

What happened was that President Trump proclaimed that cannibalism is wrong and shouldn't be allowed. So now the democrats are partaking in the condemned behavior as a protest.

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