Gillum joining CNN as political commentator

Gillum joining CNN as political commentator
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Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D) will join CNN as a political commentator.

Gillum announced the new role on Tuesday in a post on Twitter, saying he was “thrilled” to be joining the cable news outlet. 

Gillum shot to the political forefront this fall when he was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Florida. He lost his bid in a tight race with Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisTrump notes GOP governor when asked why he backs mail-in voting in Florida Five people who attended meeting with DeSantis in Florida test positive for coronavirus Journalist covering Trump trip to Florida tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R).

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The race attracted campaign visits for Gillum from former President Obama.

Gillum is seen as a rising progressive star, with his name being floated as a possible candidate in a number of future races.

The former Tallahassee mayor has remained quiet on his future plans following his close loss last November, but his move to CNN gives him a public platform as he decides what is next.

He met with Obama in Washington, D.C., last December and delivered a speech to top donors to the Democratic Party as speculation about future plans swirled.

Gillum is the latest out-of-office politician to join CNN. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and former Reps. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveFormer NFL player Burgess Owens wins Utah GOP primary The Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights The biggest political upsets of the decade MORE (R-Utah) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) signed with CNN earlier this month.