With less than a month to go until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum reeled in a major endorsement on Wednesday as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., backed him.
Sanders, a socialist who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and who has opened the door to another bid in 2020, threw his support to Gillum on Wednesday morning.
“I’m proud to endorse Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in his race for governor of Florida,” Sanders said. “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. 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,” Gillum said. “He has been an unapologetic fighter for everyday working people standing up to the special interests. From Medicare-for-All, to a $15 minimum wage, his ideas and platform have become the Democratic Party’s north star on economic justice for those who need it most.
“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 put Gillum behind three other Democrats in the primary as former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and billionaire Jeff Greene are all ahead of him. The primary will be held on August 28.