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The Equity Of Grace In Politics: Are Second Chances Given To Black Politicians?

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – NOVEMBER 11: Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum attends … [+] Andrew Gillum made his first public remarks post-rehab on Instagram last week following his dramatic and painful fall from grace just four months prior, and now supporters and critics alike are asking: might he be granted a second chance? Recognized by the Gainesville Sun as “ Person of The Year ” for his work in activism when he was only a 19-year-old senior at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Andrew Gillum was destined to be a politico standout. Aged 23, Gillum went on to win a seat on the Tallahassee City Commission, making him the youngest person to ever hold the title and was recognized as “ emerging leader for 2003 ” by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. After serving as the mayor of Tallahassee for four years, and winning the Democratic primary in a landslide victory against five other candidates, Gillum emerged as the Democratic nominee for the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election.

But his road to political stardom was set off course over what he describes was an unhealthy and destructive response to his narrow yet, devastating loss as Florida Governor to Ron […]

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