Gillum Campaign Threatens Florida TV Stations With Legal Action Over DeSantis ‘Malicious,’ Defamatory’ Ad
By Space Coast Daily // October 12, 2018
Gillum sends cease and desist letter to TV stations across the state
NEWSWEEK – Just weeks away from the midterms, the campaign of Andrew Gillum, the Democratic Party’s candidate for Florida governor, is fighting back against an attack ad from Republican opponent Ron DeSantis that it calls “false,” “malicious” and “defamatory.”
Sending a cease and desist letter to TV stations across the state on Thursday, Gillum’s campaign demanded the ad be taken off the airwaves, claiming it was “libel and slander of the worst sort.” If stations fail to do so, the campaign threatened further legal recourse would be taken.
“The advertisement intentionally misstates and contorts facts in the source material, while omitting facts contained in that same material that are contrary to the false statements made in the advertisement,” the letter said, written by Tallahassee attorney Glenn Burhans, Jr.
“This letter shall serve as notice that any further publication or rebroadcast of the advertisement by you will be intentional and made with actual knowledge of the maliciously false and defamatory statements contained therein.”
Gillum’s campaign alleged the 30-second ad, paid for by the Florida GOP and endorsed by DeSantis, is “demonstrably false in numerous respects and has been made with actual malice.”
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