[Ed. – Andrew Gillum, should the name be unfamiliar, is the black Democratic candidate for governor of Florida who was not called a monkey by his Republican opponent.]
Liberal billionaire donors Tom Steyer and George Soros announced Thursday that they’re leading a group of donors making a $650,000 cash infusion into the gubernatorial campaign of Andrew Gillum — a move aimed at showing that Florida’s Democratic Party can be a proving ground for modern progressives.
“He’s a really unusual candidate,” Steyer said of Gillum in an interview with POLITICO. “You can see we don’t often get involved in D-on-D so it must be because we have such high regard for him, for the ideas he represents and what he can do for Florida.”
The sudden cash infusion — which coincides with a pro-Gillum $3.5 million get-out-the-vote effort by a coalition of liberal groups — comes five days before the Aug. 28 primary and follows new polling suggesting that Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor and the only African-American in the race, is gaining the most traction in the five-candidate Democratic field.