New York Mayor Bill de Blasio — occasionally mentioned in 2020 Democratic presidential chatter — will be in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Saturday to campaign for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s Democratic bid for Florida governor.
Gillum himself is in post-Hurricane Michael mayoral mode will not be on the campaign trail Saturday, his campaign confirmed.
De Blasio, who faces mayoral term limits in 2021, fanned 2020 presidential speculation with an Iowa appearance last December, but insisted he’s not seeking the White House. He also formed a federal PAC in July.
Gillum’s campaign announced that de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray will speak to Gillum campaign workers in West Palm Beach at 11 a.m. with U.S. Rep.Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and Greenacres Mayor Joel Flores. De Blasio and McCray are also scheduled to visit Gillum campaign workers west of Delray Beach at 1:30 p.m. with Frankel and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.
McCray is then slated to appear at a Florida Democratic Party Women’s Voter Summit west of West Palm Beach at 2:30 p.m. while de Blasio heads to Pompano Beach for a 3 p.m. event with labor unions. De Blasio also has a 4:30 p.m. event scheduled in Miami Gardens.
Campaigning for Gillum or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is a great way for a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to gain exposure and build team-player credentials in crucial Florida. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg campaigned for Gillum last week and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stumped with Gillum before the Aug. 28 primary.