TAMPA, Fla.Republican Ron DeSantis wants Florida voters to know that their next governor could face federal and state corruption charges if they elect his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

“Him saying he’s not under investigation clearly is a total falsehood," DeSantis said after a meet-and-greet with voters at a restaurant in Tampa Tuesday.

Gillum is facing several allegations that he accepted money or contributions from an FBI agent posing as a developer. This week, Gillum’s former lobbyist friend released records indicating the agent paid for a Gillum fundraiser, but the payment was never properly reported by Gillum.

A state ethics panel is not expected to conclude a probe into Gillum until after the election, but DeSantis predicted it would find problems. “I would imagine that is not going to be favorable to him,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis and Gillum have spent much of the campaign leveling accusations against each other that have little to do with the economy, education, or taxes, which are top issues voters care about in Florida, according to polls.

Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign event.
Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign event. (Photo courtesy of Susan Ferrechio)

President Trump is also predicting trouble for Gillum. He tweeted Monday that Gillum is a "Dem who is a thief and who is Mayor of poorly run Tallahassee, said to be one of the most corrupt cities in the Country!”

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Gillum has focused on accusing DeSantis of racism. He’s made the charge at rallies and at the most recent debates with DeSantis, and again on Monday night during a restaurant sit-down in Miami with the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.

DeSantis has given “too much harbor to racists and xenophobes and anti-Semites,” Gillum told Noah.

The racism charges stem initially from a post-primary appearance on Fox News in which DeSantis warned voters not to “money this up” by electing Gillum. DeSantis said the comment had nothing to do with race.

DeSantis and his supporters say the racism charges are aimed at distracting voters from Gillum’s corruption charges. DeSantis talks about Gillum’s ethics problems at every campaign stop. He told reporters in Tampa he’s happy to stop addressing Gillum by his first name, a practice some have criticized.

“Maybe we can call him crooked Mayor Gillum for accepting illegal gifts,” DeSantis said.

Florida’s ethics commission is investigating Gillum over trips he took to New York City and Costa Rica, which he did not pay for by himself. An undercover FBI agent bought Gillum a $1,000 ticket to the Broadway play "Hamilton" during the New York trip, which took place in 2016.

“Why would an undercover agent be paying for this stuff unless [Gillum] was under investigation?” DeSantis asked reporters.

Gillum denies he is under an FBI probe and said he mistakenly believed his brother Marcus purchased the "Hamilton" ticket.

DeSantis admitted he “has no way of knowing” if the FBI is probing Gillum, but it is investigating corruption in the city government and says if he wins, he plans to convene a state-wide ethics panel to look into Florida corruption.

DeSantis and Gillum are running statistically tied in the race for governor, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average.