Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is touting the latest endorsement of his campaign for governor. It comes from progressive Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I’m proud to endorse Tallahassee Mayor @andrewgillum in his race for governor of Florida,” Sander’s said in a Twitter post Wednesday morning.
Sanders was a Democratic candidate for president in 2016 and could be the biggest endorsement pickup for the Gillum campaign, which has tried to bill itself as the most progressive of the five Democrats running for governor.
“I’m proud to endorse Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in his race for governor of Florida,” Sanders said in a written statement released by the Gillum campaign. “As governor, Andrew Gillum will work to provide health care for all through a Medicare-for-All program, raise the minimum wage to a living wage, invest in sustainable energy, improve education, make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share of taxes, and be welcoming to immigrants.
“Andrew has never backed down from a fight, including beating the NRA and standing up against xenophobic politicians,” Sanders added. “Andrew Gillum will set a new course for Florida — a governor who represents all the people and not just powerful special interests.”
“It’s an honor to have Senator Bernie Sanders’ endorsement in this campaign. He has been an unapologetic fighter for everyday working people standing up to the special interests,” Gillum said in response to Sanders’ endorsement.
“As Governor, I promise to get up every single day ready to fight for a state that puts working people first; that makes affordable health care a right for every Floridian; and a state that is powered by its people. I’m proud to have his support,” Gillum added.
Recent polls have shown Gillum trailing former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and real estate investor Jeff Greene, while Orlando-area businessman Chris King comes in fifth in most polls.