Dem challenger to Ron DeSantis makes unprovoked denial of a sex tape

A Democrat seeking to unseat Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) left many scratching their heads when she issued an unprovoked denial of being in a sex tape.

Nikki Fried’s unusual claims led some to mockingly compare her to Jussie Smollett, the Washington Examiner reported. 

Bizarre sex claim

Fried is currently the agricultural commissioner of Florida. In a tweet Friday, she denied, seemingly out of the blue, that she has a sex tape.

“It’s absurd that I have to dignify this, but there is no sex tape,” Fried said. “Sorry to disappoint. Also sorry basically every successful woman has to deal with these types of rumors.”

A source from the campaign told the Washington Times that Fried was addressing “old rumors” from her time as a lobbyist and lawyer in Tallahassee. But Fried’s bizarre statement left some questioning whether she was trying to draw attention to her faltering campaign,

Conservative commentator Jeff Charles made a joking reference to Smollett, who famously claimed he was assaulted by Trump supporters shouting “This is MAGA country!” in deeply liberal Chicago, of all places. The ex-Empire actor was eventually convicted for fabricating the attack.

“Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried claims person blackmailing her over sex tape said she’d better pay up because ‘this is MAGA country,'” Charles tweeted.

What’s going on?

Similarly, podcaster Derek Hunter dismissed Fried’s claim as a desperate publicity stunt.

“There’s also no allegations of a sex tape. No one is disappointed,” Hunter tweeted.

According to RealClearPolitics, DeSantis is leading Fried by double digits. The frontrunner in the Democratic primary is Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida who now serves as a House Representative. Crist was endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday.

DeSantis, a Republican, won election in a close 2018 race with Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee.

After losing the contest, Gillum later fell into scandal when he was found in a Miami hotel room with a gay male escort and porn actor who overdosed on crystal meth. Gillum, who is married to a woman, was reportedly vomiting from intoxication. He later came out as bisexual.

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