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.