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Posted on January 20, 2017
A little over a month after Tallahassee Reports published a report revealing Mayor Andrew Gillum had ignored a campaign pledge dealing with his employment with the George Soros backed People for American Way Foundation (PFAW), it appears Gillum is out at PFAW.
Gillum was the founder and Director of Youth Leadership Programs for the PFAW.
In a January 13, 2017 press release PFAW Foundation President Michael Keegan said, “I’m deeply grateful for the extraordinary work that Andrew Gillum has done as Director of Youth Leadership Programs and founder of the YEO Network. Andrew is an inspirational leader and his impact on our organization and the progressive movement is hard to overstate….While we’re sad to see Andrew go, we can’t wait to see what’s next for one of the strongest progressive leaders in our country right now.”
In the same press release Gillum stated that “PFAW Foundation’s unique work with the next generation of progressive leadership has already had a tremendous impact on the face of power in this country, and I couldn’t be prouder of the change that we’ve helped to make.
The controversy over Gillum’s job, which paid him approximately $140,000 annually, went back to his campaign for Mayor when he told a reporter he would take a pay cut at PFAW to focus on the increased responsibilities that came with Tallahassee’s Leadership Mayor position.
Gillum refused to answer TR’s questions about the status of his employment after he won election.
However, public documents recently released by PFAW and obtained by Tallahassee Reports showed Gillum maintained his full salary with PFAW during 2015 and the recent announcement seems to indicate he had the same responsibilities and salary during 2016.
Now that he is no longer with PFAW, does that mean that Mayor Gillum will be spending more time on his mayoral responsibilities?
Recent reports that Gillum is considering a run for Governor of Florida would seem to be supported by other statements in the PFAW press release.
The press release revealed that Gillum “is planning to focus his attention on political challenges confronting his home state of Florida.” Gillum added, “I look forward to pursuing new opportunities for progressive leadership in Florida.”