Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor in Florida, was spotted cleaning up after the destruction of Hurricane Michael on Thursday, a day after it made landfall in the state as a Category 4 storm.
Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and the Democratic candidate for governor in the state was busy cleaning up debris left from Hurricane Michael on Thursday. Video showed Gillum and a member of his campaign going at some downed vegetation with a chainsaw.
Gillum is in a tight gubernatorial race with his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis. If Gillum wins in November, he would be Florida's first black governor and the first Democrat to hold the office in the state in almost 20 years.
Hurricane Michael hit Florida as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, causing damage and destruction throughout the state and several towns along the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is being blamed for at least six fatalities in Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia.
DeSantis has turned political rallies Tuesday in Tampa Bay and Wednesday in Jacksonville into platforms to collect donations for storm victims.
DeSantis echoed his opponent, urging the 500,000 people ordered to evacuate to listen their local officials and seek safe shelter.
Still, nearly 320,000 people in the path of the storm chose to stay and ride it out. Search-and-rescue operations are underway to find missing residents.
DeSantis has spent the week criticizing Gillum, who was the mayor of Tallahassee when Hurricane Hermine hit in 2016, because it took the city three days to restore electrical power for 90% of its residents.
The DeSantis campaign has aired two commercials questioning Gillum's leadership ability, citing his response to Hurricane Hermine, but said it would pull those ads Wednesday when Hurricane Michael made landfall.
Gillum called the commercials a "low-blow" political attack.