Andrew Gillum Reaches Out to Beto O'Rourke Amid 2020 Speculation
Former FL gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum recently reached out to former TX senatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke amid speculation that O'Rourke will run for president in 2020. According to NBC News, the two Democrats spoke on the phone and discussed their desire for someone who is “young and unapologetically progressive” to lead the Democrats. Gillum reportedly initiated the phone call, which was the first time the two had ever spoken. Both men recently met with former President Barack Obama, and O’Rourke recently met with National Action Network’s Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton said he invited O’Rourke to a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event in January and that O’Rourke called him on Friday to say he could not attend but wanted to keep lines of communication open. Sharpton said O’Rourke offered no clues about his possible presidential intentions. Should O'Rourke decide to run, African Americans will be a key voting block for anyone on the ticket and Florida remains a key battleground state. More here.