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Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum Considered Hot Assets for 2020

Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum Considered Hot Assets for 2020

Former gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum are on some early and unofficial lists as possible VP candidates, according to Politico. Each come with invaluable assets: donor and volunteer lists in Georgia and Florida. If 2020 hopefuls win those states, it would almost guarantee victory for the Democratic nominee. Gillum boasts 70,000 supporters and organizers, more than one million cell phone numbers, and over one million email addresses. Those are “hard assets that we built over the course of my race that I have no intention of allowing to go dormant when we have a presidential election in 2020,” the former FL gubernatorial candidate told Politico. Abrams proved to be a fundraising powerhouse in her bid to become the first Black woman Governor in Georgia and the country. Her campaign raised more money than any candidate, Democrat or Republican, in Georgia’s history. The Spelman College graduate also excited Black women in the Peach State and the nation -- an integral voting bloc for Dems. The outlet reports that neither Abrams nor Gillum would say whom they spoke to or about what specifically, but Gillum acknowledged some of the presidential hopefuls have asked him to play unspecified roles in their campaigns. Of note, 2020 candidate Julián Castrowas one of the first big-name Democrats to endorse the Florida A&M University grad when many had written off Gillum’s candidacy in the early days of the primary. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) endorsed both Gillum and Abrams. And Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has been friends with Abrams for years. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke with Abrams in early November and she also left a voicemail with Gillum after trying to connect by phone, Politico reports. More here.

Maxine Waters Meets with CBS After Network Reveals 2020 Election Team Without Any  Black Reporters

Maxine Waters Meets with CBS After Network Reveals 2020 Election Team Without Any  Black Reporters

Tony Cárdenas Accuser Goes Public, Calls for Congressional Ethics Investigation

Tony Cárdenas Accuser Goes Public, Calls for Congressional Ethics Investigation