Andrew Gillum only Democratic gubernatorial candidate to show up for Hillsborough NAACP forum

This is, uh, not good.

click to enlarge Andrew Gillum at a Tampa rally on Friday, Aug. 17. - Kimberly DeFalco
Kimberly DeFalco
Andrew Gillum at a Tampa rally on Friday, Aug. 17.

The Hillsborough County branch of the National Association for the advancement of colored people (NAACP) hosted a forum on Saturday morning, drawing a couple hundred folks interested in hearing what the Democratic candidates for Florida's governorship might have to tell them.

Trouble was, only one, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, showed up.

According to this story by WFLA, organizers had met with candidates about attending the forum up to two weeks ago, but candidates only started backing out in the week running up to the event. On their various social media platforms, the candidates who didn't attend posted their other various weekend campaign stops across the state — many of which were in the Bay area.

It's definitely not a good look for certain members of a party that desperately needs to unify itself and get out the vote in just a few short weeks.

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