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Gillum campaign sends cease and desist letter to take down 'false' attack ad


The Andrew Gillum campaign says it has sent a cease-and-desist letter to television stations running a Republican Party of Florida commercial that labels the Democratic gubernatorial candidate “corrupt” and attempts to directly tie him to an ongoing FBI investigation.

Calling the ad “demonstrably false,” attorney Glenn Burhans Jr., penned a letter Thursday saying that the campaign “will take all available resources to prevent the spread of the false and defamatory advertisement.” Burhans wrote that the attack ad badly exaggerates and misstates the articles cited as source material for statements claiming the mayor is under investigation, took “illegal trips” to New York and Costa Rica with lobbyists and “refuses to disclose who’s paid him.”

“In short, the advertisement constitutes libel and slander of the worst sort,” Burhans wrote.

Meredith Beatrice, a spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Florida, said “we stand by the ad.”

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