Once again, Tyler Perry is putting his money where his mouth is. According to FloridaPolitics.com, the playwright-turned movie mogul-turned TV producer recently cut a check for $100,000 to Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee’s Mayor–and the man who hopes to become Florida’s first-ever Black Governor.
Perry has a long history of supporting political candidates–both Democrat and Republican–including outgoing Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal.
Perry has amassed a staggering net worth of $600 million, largely due to his many roles in drag as pistol-packing fugitive grandma Madea.
Perry’s contribution went to Forward Florida, Gillum’s political action committee. Perry’s contribution follows millions already donated to Gillum by billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer. Their support is viewed as having helped Gillum score a come from behind victory in last month’s primary.
Gillum was also endorsed by progressive leader Bernie Sanders.
Gillum faces Republican Ron DeSantis, who recently resigned from Congress to focus on the race, which polls show him slightly losing to Gillum. An avid Trump supporter, DeSantis made headlines for saying that voters shouldn’t consider “monkeying up” the state by electing Gillum; many viewed the comment covertly racist.
Multiple polls have shown Gillum leading the race and building increasing momentum.
The election is November 6.