TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Thursday was the deadline for the Florida gubernatorial nominees to name their picks for Lieutenant Governor, and Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, along with his wife R. Jai, made an announcement via Facebook Live Thursday morning selecting Winter Park businessman and former opponent Chris King, who appears in the video with his wife Kristen as well.
In the video, King admits Gillum defeated him “pretty badly,” but added that he and his family developed a friendship with Gillum and his family over the last eighteen months. King had placed fifth in the primary with less than 3 percent of the vote.
“This is not a political marriage, this is not a marriage of convenience,” King said. “This is a family.”
R. Jai Gillum praised Chris and Kristen as “awesome, bold [and] courageous leaders” whom she and Mayor Gillum look forward to campaigning with.
While some may view the pick as a shocker, the Miami Herald reports that Gillum’s selecting King as his running mate could help him reach coveted voters along the I-4 corridor.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | email@example.com