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Former Wasserman Schultz Press Secretary Serving as Gillum Campaign Spokesman

Posted on March 5, 2017

Former Wasserman Schultz Press Secretary Serving as Gillum Campaign Spokesman

Tallahassee Reports has learned that gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has recruited Geoff Burgan, the former chief spokesman and speechwriter for U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to serve as the spokesman for his campaign.

Burgan worked with Wasserman Schultz from April 2015 until February 2017. During this time she was the senior Democratic Member on the House Appropriations Committee and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman.

Burgan served as Director of Advance during 2016 Democratic National Convention and was part of the Chairwoman’s communications staff during the Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Fla.

Wasserman Schultz resigned her position with the DNC in July 2016 over the Clinton/Sanders controversy.

In recent responses by Burgan on behalf of Gillum’s campaign, he has been described as a “campaign spokesman.”

On Gillum’s recent email controversy, Burgan told reporters “the mayor followed the law and arguments to the contrary were without merit.”

He added, “the Republicans are so scared of the grassroots campaign Andrew is running that they’re already on the attack.”

It appears Burgan’s national level experience and the list of contacts he would have developed working with Wasserman Shultz during her high profile job with the DNC will be a valuable resource for Gillum.

Before his stint with Wasserman Schultz, Burgan served as Communications Research Manager for then Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley from November 2013 to January 2015.

Burgan graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park  in 2011 with a degree in Journalism, Government & Politics.

8 Responses to Former Wasserman Schultz Press Secretary Serving as Gillum Campaign Spokesman

  1. Dirk Dynamic Reply

    March 5, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    “On Gillum’s recent email controversy, Burgan told reporters “the mayor followed the law and arguments to the contrary were without merit.”

    He added, “the Republicans are so scared of the grassroots campaign Andrew is running that they’re already on the attack.”

    I guess that’s one way to look at it Mr. Burgan

  2. Dennis Barton Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 7:49 am

    So the mayor has hired the former flack of a former and disgraced chair of the DNC who was fired for fixing the nomination for her friend Hillary…off to a great start Andy, keep up the good work.

  3. Hope Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    This campaign is doomed and even without the recent software scandal taken into account. This mayor has to take responsibility for running Tallahassee into the weeds — #1 in crime, infrastructure failures, junkets, asleep at the wheel, etc.

    A run for governor at this time will end his political career when his mismanagement is exposed statewide. His lack of experience, dismal track record, low name recognition, and misusing tax dollars for political gain will not get him anywhere. He is in denial and delusional to think he has any chance in this arena. His small Tallahassee following does not translate into the state arena. He will only be expending energy that would be better spent focusing on the job he has now – as mayor – and correcting the mistakes there.

    Photo ops with children at local community centers and schools are not enough to base a campaign on.

    • MT Reply

      March 7, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Good point, Hope. You’d think the #1 in crime alone would be enough to sink the campaign.

  4. DavidB Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    “”He added, “the Republicans are so scared of the grassroots campaign Andrew is running that they’re already on the attack.””

    BBBWWWAHHAHHHAHHAAAHHAAAHAAAHAAAHAAAAA!!!!!

    Hack.

  5. Vernon Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Ask yourself… why would he “choose” someone to be his spokesman, who worked for someone that had to resign in disgrace after getting caught participating in dirty politics?

    Would it be that this is the kind of people he’s looking for?

  6. News_Maven Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    “Baghdad Bob” Burgan, lol.
    Keep doubling down on stupid.

    Excellent decision!

    Bottom line: Gwen HURM will be the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

  7. Vic Aderhold

    Vic Aderhold Reply

    March 7, 2017 at 9:55 am

    What’s that old saying, “Birds of a feather…….”

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