Andrew Giullim, former Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial nominee of Florida, announced Tuesday he is joining CNN as a political commentator.
Gillum took to social media and made the declaration. He described himself as being thrilled by the appointment. CNN also confirmed the news.
Gillum joins the network two months after he conceded his race gubernatorial to GOP challenger Ron DeSantis who narrowly won last November. Since then, Gillum has kept a visible profile by fundraising, speaking engagements and met with former President Barack Obama in December. Obama had supported Gillum during his failed campaign.
The news of Gillum joining CNN comes days after it was reported that an ethics complaint against him would proceed. The Florida state ethics commission found probable cause at a hearing last Friday that he had accepted gifts, such as Hamilton tickets in 2016. He has faced six counts of soliciting and accepting gifts that exceeded $100 while in office which is banned for Florida officials. The matter became a lightning rod during his recent campaign.
Gillum’s attorney Barry Richard said that the former mayor looked forward to clearing his name.
“He will not settle,” he added. “He actually welcomes the public hearing.”