Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorses Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum

The national Progressive Change Campaign Committee has endorsed Andrew Gillum in Florida’s gubernatorial race, making him one of five gubernatorial candidates selected nationally.

The organization has ties to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and has also endorsed her and other members of Congress such as U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

The organization also announced the gubernatorial endorsements of Cynthia Nixon in New York, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, David Garcia in Arizona, and Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee also has previously endorsed Amol Jethwani of Gainesville and Anna Eskamani of Orlando in their Florida House of Representatives races.

The group states that it has raised and spent more than $26 million backing its endorsed candidates since being founded in 2009. It raised and spent more than $5.5 million in 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Progressive Change lauded Gillum, as mayor of Tallahassee, for taking on the National Rifle Association, and called him a national voice for gun control. It also praised his positions on tax hikes and marijuana, calling him “the real deal – an activist who isn’t afraid to take on powerful opponents.”

“Let’s elect progressive game changers like Andrew Gillum as Governor — as part of the blue wave that’s coming,” Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder, stated in a news release. “Progressive ideas that inspire voters in blue, purple, and red states will help increase the wave. By aligning himself with the national progressive movement on issues like Medicare for All, Andrew is an inspiring, authentic progressive who will fight for working families and pioneer bold new initiatives like fighting the NRA and calling for new gun laws. Andrew is a candidate who will use his platform to model what great, forward-thinking, visionary, progressive government can and should be.”

Gillum faces former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, and businessman Chris King in the August 28 Democratic primary.

“I’m proud to have the PCCC’s endorsement in our race to take Florida back for working people,” Gillum stated in the release. “It’s time to elect a governor who will always put everyday Floridians before the well-heeled special interests.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


2 comments

  • Domino

    May 24, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Polling at a paltry 6%.

  • LSB

    May 24, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    What Mr. Gillum and like-minded “progressives” are unable or unwilling to understand is that the “working people” for whom he seeks to be a voice are not the risk-takers who build businesses, create jobs, and create wealth. Without those risk-takers, his, and those who are similarly misguided would have no jobs, no wealth, and likely, no hope. Is it really good thinking to be led by someone who proclaims to be the voice of people who have accomplished little, like he? And not to focus solely on Mr. Gillum, the same can be said of the other people seeking the Democrat nomination. They call themselves “Progressives” but just the contrary is true; they are “Regressives.” They believe that they have the right, and they want the power to seize the property of some and to redistribute it to others, including to themselves through the emoluments of title and political influence. That harkens to primitive times. Progress looks forward to increasing freedom; these people seek power for themselves and to live off of the public dole. The cheapest and easiest way to try to get it is by pitting people against one another. Give yourself more credit, everybody, recognize your worth, look at history, and don’t fall for this crap.

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