Things are certainly becoming intense with this week’s midterm elections, and that is especially the case in Florida as Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum campaigns against Republican Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race. Iconic musician Jimmy Buffett has done some campaigning and rallying for Gillum in recent days, and this has prompted some anger among conservatives.
As Yahoo! Finance details, Jimmy Buffett performed at a rally over the weekend in support of the Democratic candidates in Florida, particularly Andrew Gillum. Buffett even tweaked his traditional wording as he sang “Come Monday,” and this has prompted some on the right to say that they will be boycotting the singer.
“Come Tuesday, things will change. Come Tuesday, we’re making a change. It’s been two insane years and it’s time to really switch gears. It’s been two insane years and it’s time to switch gears.”
Fox News reports that Buffett also changed some of the words when he sang “Margaritaville” during his recent rally.
“Some people say there’s a red tide to blame, but I know, that it’s all Rick Scott’s fault.”
The West Palm Beach event featuring Buffett drew a great crowd by the looks of things. However, it also generated a fair amount of negative buzz among those on the right. Some are speaking out on Twitter — and other avenues — calling for a boycott of Buffett, and anything connected to him.
Some Twitter users have noted their disappointment in Buffett, saying that he doesn’t care about Florida and that they plan to stop supporting him and his products. Others Twitter users say that they’ve followed Buffett to shows all around the country, but that they’ll shift their support to other musicians now.
Maybe Gillium is smarter then we think. Instead of just having lobbyists give him tickets ( Not legal) he just has the person show up and hold a free concert for all. Very disappointed in JImmy Buffett will never again support him or his products! JB doesn’t care about FLORIDA!!— joannyounger (@joannyounger123) November 1, 2018
Me too, over dozen shows all over USA, no more. I realize musicians are typically lib, but I’ll spend money on shows w/ Zac Brown Band who supports military & PD.— KW ???????? (@KWWein) November 4, 2018
Buffett is just the latest celebrity to help Gillum — and other Democratic candidates — campaign in Florida in recent days. Former President Barack Obama paid the state a visit, and Gillum has been supported by others like DJ Khaled, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Tiffany Haddish, Rihanna, Common, Gabrielle Union, and former NBA player Grant Hill.
In addition, Gillum and his wife were joined by some influential Latina women at a recent event. Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson, Gina Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, and America Ferrera helped hype up the crowds over the weekend in Kissimmee.
While Jimmy Buffett’s support for Gillum — and other Democratic candidates in Florida — has ruffled the feathers of some of his conservative fans, he’s been vocal about supporting the left before. For example, the singer supported Democrat Gwen Graham in the gubernatorial primary, but seemingly didn’t hesitate to shift his support to Gillum after the primary.
At this point, Andrew Gillum is said to be polling slightly ahead of Ron DeSantis heading into Tuesday’s election. Will all of this support from big names like Jimmy Buffett and other celebrities help him win? This will be a closely watched election as the day plays out, and people across the nation are anxious to see what happens.