MIAMI, Fla. — Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who lost a close governor's race to Ron DeSantis in November, wants to register at least one million voters in Florida in an effort to swing the state blue in 2020.
- Gillum made announcement at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday
- Ex-gubernatorial candidate working as CNN political pundit
- He faces state ethics committee hearing in April
- PREVIOUS: Probable Cause Found in Ethics Complaint Against Gillum
The former gubernatorial candidate made the announcement around 5 p.m. Wednesday at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.
He says Democrats must now begin to actively engage voters ahead of the 2020 Presidential Primary.
Gillum posted a tease on his Twitter page that said, in part, "The way democracy works is you have to have the fierce urgency of this moment."
Earlier Wednesday, the Florida Democratic Party announced plans to spend $2 million to sign up 200,000 Floridians to vote.
News of Gillum's announcement had political experts buzzing. Some thought he was going to launch a run for the White House.
But Politico reported that the goal of his registration drive is to help another candidate defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.
Gillum is currently working as a CNN political pundit and teaches a course at Harvard.
He will face a state ethics committee hearing in April. The ethics commission found probable cause that Gillum accepted illegal gifts and trips as Tallahassee mayor.