It’s no secret Andrew Gillum is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, but his leap to the national political stage could have come sooner than many expected.
A newly released document from the hacked email file of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta shows Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, was among a large number of people initially considered as potential running mates for Hillary Clinton.
Podesta floated Gillum as one of 39 people to be considered for vetting to be Clinton’s eventual running mate. According to POLITICO, the email was sent just one day after Clinton swept the March 15 primaries.
Also on the list: HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Sen. Tim Kaine, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Corey Booker, Sen. Claire McKaskill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Clinton ultimately selected Kaine, announcing her choice during a rally in Miami.