Remember the stories that surrounded Barack Obama when he first decided to run for president?
If I recall correctly, one person accused Barack of having sex and doing illicit drugs with him.
Of course, that made all the tabloid front pages.
It even got the guy an interview or two. What it didn't do is stop Barack Obama from becoming the 44th president of these United States.
Andrew Gillum is on the path to win the Democratic nomination to be governor of Florida. That is scaring the crap out of some people, and I love it!
People are saying Gillum is going to get the bulk of the 27 percent of black voters who will turn out during the primary.
Guess what? He WILL!
Guess who else will vote for him? Progressives, white, Hispanic, old, young. Just like Barack Obama, Andrew EXCITES Democrats.
Listening to him doesn't put us to sleep. It makes us want to get involved.
Gillum is going to bring out those people who decided that they just didn't give a damn anymore.
In case it has slipped anyone's attention, 209,000 registered black voters stayed home in 2016.
How many white voters did the same?
Who is electrifying the circuit like Andrew Gillum right now?
It isn't Gwen Graham. It isn't Chris King.
Andrew Gillum scares these folks, just as Barack Obama did.
Gillum is no Obama, but he seems to be attracting haters in the same manner.
Tomorrow morning I'm sure the headlines will read: "Andrew Gillum's 1st grade teacher arrested for DUI."
Gillum is a threat, y'all. When one is a threat, they come out of the woodwork like roaches.
In the days of Trump, these roaches aren't afraid of the light!
Get your cans of RAID ready, Gillum supporters!
Looks like you're going to need them.
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