Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Florida governor this year, will address top Democratic Party donors amid speculation about his political future, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Gillum will speak at a closed gathering of about 300 donors Tuesday, party officials confirmed to the AP.
Despite gaining national attention during his campaign, Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis, a former congressman and loyal supporter of President Trump, in the general election last month after a state-mandated recount showed him trailing by fewer than 33,000 votes.
Gillum hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running for another political office in the future, including the presidency in 2020. Asked earlier this month about a potential White House run, he told CNN, “I plan on being married to my wife. That is all I am planning.”
Gillum met with former President Obama, who endorsed him in his gubernatorial bid, earlier this month, which added more fuel to the speculation that he was potentially mounting a 2020 run.
He also reached out to Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas), who is also being floated as a potential presidential candidate after he he lost to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) in a much closer than expected contest.
If Gillum decides to run, he will likely join a crowded field of candidates, possibly including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
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