Hollywood Scripts Itself Into Florida Governor’s Race

California fundraiser benefits FL candidate running furthest to the left

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum / Getty Images
March 16, 2018

Two of Hollywood's most vocal liberals are inserting themselves into the Florida governor's race with a fundraiser in California.

Alec Baldwin and Alyssa Milano were the marquee names Thursday night supporting Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who calls himself the only "true progressive" in the race.

Baldwin is known for his impersonations of the 45th president on Saturday Night Live. Milano, a TV star dating back to her teenage days on Who’s the Boss?, has been vocal about political issues through her social media accounts, and was especially critical of the administration's rollback of the so-called "net neutrality" rules last December.

With current Governor Rick Scott facing term limits, the open seat has created a crowded primary field in both the Democratic and Republican fields. The two most recent polls, one from Gravis Marketing and a second by Mason Dixon, both have Gillum third, but always within single digits of his opponents. Both polls also show huge percentages of voters still undecided in the Democratic primary, 63 and 49 percent, respectively.

Fundraising is an issue for Gillum, especially after news broke in 2017 that Gillum, along with numerous real estate developers in the Tallahasee area, was under investigation by the FBI. Gillum has said he is "not the focus" of the investigation, and others close to him say they've been told he has been cleared.

"He is the favorite of the more progressive members of the party," Hillsborough County Democratic Party chairwoman Ione Townsend recently told the Tampa Bay Times.

Billionaire political activist George Soros is also backing Gillum, creating his own PAC for the candidate, Forward Florida. Records with the secretary of state's office shows Soros donated $250,000 in 2017 to create the PAC .

While he may be the progressive darling in the race, Gillum isn't going as far as supporting single-payer health care, which has become a divisive issue in Democratic primary races like California.

He does, however, have a record of supporting gun control restrictions, going so far as to tell local communities they should pass their own restrictions on things like magazine capacity, even though Florida law forbids such local rules on gun rights.

"Andrew's message is resonating with people who know Florida needs a change in the Governor's Mansion," campaign spokesman Geoff Burgan said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "We're thrilled to have Alec Baldwin's support as well as thousands of people here in Florida. They know he's standing up to Trump, the Republicans and the gun lobby."

The fundraiser also benefitted the gubernatorial runs of Democrats Stacey Abrams in Georgia, and David Garcia in Arizona, two deep red states.

The Gillum campaign did not return a request for comment from the Washington Free Beacon.