Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran will debate the topic of so-called "sanctuary cities" next Tuesday.
Gillum, a progressive Democrat, is currently running for governor, while Corcoran, hard-line conservative, has not entered the gubernatorial race yet but is speculated to do so soon.
The two got into a Twitter fight last week after a pro-Corcoran political action committee named Watchdog PAC released a pretty racist
television ad depicting a white woman suddenly shot for no apparent reason by a dark-haired "illegal immigrant." The video seemingly suggests "sanctuary city" policies are allowing undocumented immigrants to roam the streets killing people. The Speaker is also pushing HB 9
, a draconian measure that would ban Florida's non-existent sanctuary cities and punish jurisdictions that don't comply.
"This could have happened to any family, anywhere," Corcoran said in the ad. "Incredibly, some Tallahassee politicians want to make Florida a sanctuary state."
The debate between Corcoran and Gillum will be on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. in the
Florida Internet and Television studio in Tallahassee. The event will be moderated by Bay News 9's Troy Kinsey
and Gary Fineout
, from the Associated Press.
Stay tuned for information on how to watch the debate at home.