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 DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' 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) LoveThe biggest political upsets of the decade Former GOP lawmaker: Trump's tweets have to stop Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster MORE (R-Utah) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) signed with CNN earlier this month.