Andrew Gillum silent as ruling nears in state ethics case over New York, Costa Rica trips
Former Mayor Andrew Gillum will learn Friday whether he’s in legal trouble over his travels with lobbyist friends to Costa Rica and New York City, where he took in a performance of “Hamilton” with undercover FBI agents.
The Florida Commission on Ethics will decide whether there’s probable cause Gillum violated state ethics laws when he went on the trips in 2016. If probable cause is found, Gillum could contest the allegations later in court or enter into a settlement with the commission. If no probable cause is found, the complaint will be dropped.
Allegations of ethical improprieties from the trips dogged Gillum in the waning days of the governor’s race and may have played a role in his narrow defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis. How the Ethics Commission rules this week could have a major impact on Gillum’s political future.