Florida: Gillum (D) campaign cuts ties with staffer after offensive tweets emerge

WaTimes: Manny Orozco-Ballestas no longer works for the campaign of Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, after a local blogger circulated several of the former staffer’s purported past Twitter posts, including one imploring President Trump’s execution.

“The type of language this young man used on social media before his employment with our campaign is unacceptable and he will no longer be working with the campaign,” Gillum campaign spokesperson Joshua Karp in a statement, The Tampa Bay Times first reported Saturday.

Confirmation of Mr. Orozco-Ballestas‘ departure came shortly after Jacob Engels, the publisher of the fringe Central Florida Post blog, shared screenshots on Twitter of several crude tweets attributed to the former Gillum campaign youth director dating back to 2012.

Among the screenshots circulated by Mr. Engles were images of tweets in which Twitter user @OrozcoBallestas made sexist remarks containing an expletive for a male appendage.

Tweeting to the future president in 2013, according to Mr. Engels, the same user tweeted: “@realDonaldTrump: you need to be executed.”

The @OrozcoBallestas Twitter account and its associated tweets went offline Saturday within hours of Mr. Engels sharing the screenshots, The Times reported.

Mr. Orozco-Ballestas previously came under fire earlier in the week after Mr. Engels unearthed a photograph of the former Gillum campaign staffer wearing a shirt that referred to people who reside in states that voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 as residents of “Dumbf***istan.”

“It is unbelievable to me that Andrew Gillum would not only employ, but promote on social media, a person who calls voters ‘dumb f***s’ for electing Republicans,” Blaise Ingoglia, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, said after the photo of the shift emerged Thursday. “It is hypocritical for Gillum to endorse the same kind of hateful, intolerant speech that he likes to denounce.” MORE HERE

7 Comments on Florida: Gillum (D) campaign cuts ties with staffer after offensive tweets emerge

  1. The worthless commie bastard has been a total failure in Tallahassee.
    By the way, the position of an elected mayor in Tallahassee dates bac to only 20 or so years.
    It used to be a figurehead where each of the elected city commissioners would take turns at being mayor for a year.

  2. It seems Andrew Gillum is very niggardly with his patience.
    Brotha’ aint gonna monkey around with niggaz bringing him down.
    Socialist and blame whitey agenda cannot be stopped with guerrilla tactics.

  3. If Gillum wins, Florida loses, America loses.
    Who would we blame?
    The Florida voters?
    The Republican campaign?
    The media?
    All of the above?

  4. he will no longer be working with the campaign,[ in a public facing position ].
    and that’s all i heard in that sentence.
    now this guys gonna be on the ‘sorros payroll of invisible employees with plausible deniability.’ ANTIFA BLM ? if he aint already.


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