Actor/producer Tyler Perry has given $100,000 to Gillum's PAC, while the wife of Marvel Entertainment's chairman has given DeSantis' PAC $2 million. It's no surprise that Gillum leads in polls by an average of about six points.
And so it went for the duration of the debate, which picked up where the candidates left off in their first debate Sunday.
Tallahassee Mayor and AndreFlorida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
DeSantis, a Republican, reacted heatedly. DeSantis was probably self-conscious about the fact that he no longer holds public office while Gillum does and was trying not to remind the audience of that by calling him "Mayor". Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who got emotional as she briefly talked about her name appearing in the return address on 10 suspicious packages sent to prominent Trump critics.
DeSantis, however, mentioned the Broadway tickets several times during the course of the debate.
DeSantis, 40, noted that he practiced baseball with Republicans who were shot in Virginia a year ago.
"I know firsthand that when we start going down that road, it can be very, very deadly", DeSantis said.
But DeSantis, who is backed by President Trump, was packing punches of his own that followed the same line of attack favored by the Commander in Chief.
Reached Friday, Barnes said "I don't have any information other than the email exchange".
The jabs flew from there, with DeSantis calling Gillum a career politician who distorted the truth about apparently accepting improper gifts from a lobbyist friend and businessmen who were actually undercover FBI agents investigating Tallahassee's community redevelopment agency.
Gillum has denied that he or the city are targets of a criminal investigation.
The corruption scandal surrounding Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum continued to grow on Friday as newly-released documents show that an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, who posed as a developer seeking to do business with Gillum's Tallahassee government, allegedly paid thousands of dollars to support a fundraiser for Gillum's political action committee, Forward Florida.
"He was asked a question by me, 'Did you pay for it?' He was indignant". Gillum previously claimed that he received the gift from his brother. "The problem that I have is that I should have asked more questions".
Even if Gillum's account is correct, however, under Florida law it's still considered an indirect gift, even if his brother was acting as a go-between. We did go to see "Hamilton.' I did get my ticket to 'Hamilton" from my brother.
Gillum's story of how he paid for his ticket and his villa vacay is now being picked apart by the opposition, thrown in his face as proof that he's unfit for the Governor's mansion, and re-spun by the Gillum camp heading into the final two weeks of a testy and tumultuous campaign.
On Wednesday, Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis squared off again in an hourlong debate, with topics ranging from the ongoing FBI corruption investigation into Gillum - now the mayor of Tallahassee - to accusations that DeSantis is receiving campaign support from neo-Nazis. When asked to return that money, he said no.
'He has spoken at racist conferences.