Our sources in Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee, where Gillum has served as a Commissioner and now Mayor, say he was intimately involved with Adam Corey.
By Jacob Engels
It is 2018. Nobody should be afraid to embrace their sexuality and be who they are. I am openly gay. We all come to terms with our sexual preference in different ways and at different times in our life.
Over the past week, a photo of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum and his lifelong friend Adam Corey has been circulating online with a lot of debate over just how “close” the two had become. Corey, like myself, is openly gay.
Our sources in Tallahassee have confirmed that it is well known among capitol power-brokers that Andrew Gillum and Adam Corey were engaged in a long-term intimate relationship. Corey was once Gillum’s campaign treasurer and appeared before Gillum as a lobbyist during his time on the Tallahassee City Commission.
Corey is now the subject to and FBI corruption probe that has ensnared the Tallahassee City Commission, according to multiple news reports. As is Gillum, depending on what you are reading. Both deny being the subject of the probe. The FBI is reportedly aware of the special nature of their relationship.
As Gillum has drawn heat over failing to reimburse Corey for lavish vacations to New York and Costa Rica with a cadre of other lobbyists, he has swiftly thrown his friend of over 20 years under the bus quicker than quicksand.
They are no longer friends and have seemingly excommunicated one another from each other’s lives. So… what does it matter if Corey and Gillum did in fact engage in a long-term intimate relationship?
I would argue that Floridians deserve to know the full scope of the men or women who run for high-public office, especially any relationships that speak to their character and how they interact with those close to them who benefit financially.
In the past, Charlie Crist faced similar rumors alleging that he was either bi-sexual or gay. It started with a whisper campaign and articles similar to this one, ending with several men coming forward. Crist would go on to marry Carol Rome (they are now divorced), however the rumors still persist and remain prevalent among Florida politicos to this day. The former Governor is now a Congressman in the Tampa area.
These rumors and alleged relationships with other men caused Crist legal trouble in 2012 when he was sued by former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer. For Crist, most of the allegations were during his single years, and make his case quite different than Gillum’s.
Given the fact that Gillum is a married man and father, these alleged interludes with Corey over a long period of time present several problems for not only his campaign, but his potential governorship.
What if Mr. Corey has compromising information on Gillum that he could use to influence his actions as Governor if he were elected? More importantly… IF these allegations are indeed true… why would we want to elect someone who is not being honest with us about who they really are?
I don’t care for his opponent Ron DeSantis and this is not meant to sow division among Democrats for the purpose of electing a total boob like him. As a gay man, I feel that candidates for public office and elected officials should not feel ashamed to be bi-sexual or gay. They shouldn’t be ashamed to be in an open-relationship.
We already are lied to enough by slick talkers like DeSantis and Gillum. We expect for political games to be played and partisan sniping on the regular. That’s part of the political process.
I think we can all agree though, that being lied to about our elected officials personal lives or being put through government stalling drama when a steamy scandal erupts, is one of our least favorite things about the political process.
Some of you might be mad at me for writing this article and having this discussion. I understand that. There is rarely a time when difficult conversations are easy to have or digest.
Efforts to reach Andrew Gillum’s campaign on this topic and others were unsuccessful, despite repeated attempts. We will continue to investigate these allegations and work to get an official comment from Andrew Gillum and Adam Corey.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.