Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum announced Monday he has received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat with a reputation as a strong progressive from the Silicon Valley area of California.

Khanna came out with the endorsement in a tweet posted Monday morning on Twitter.

“Proud to endorse @AndrewGillum for Governor of Florida. He’s an unapologetic progressive! He wants to give every teacher a pay raise, legalize marijuana, have corporations pay tax on overseas earning, and pass common sense gun laws. He represents the next gen of Dem leaders,” Khanna stated.

Gillum is in a Democratic primary battle that just got more complicated Monday with the entry of Palm Beach billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene. Already in the race are former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Winter Park entrepreneur Chris King.

“I am exceedingly proud to have the endorsement of Congressman Ro Khanna,” Gillum responded in a news release issued by his campaign. He’s a progressive champion across a whole range of issues, and he’s leading the fight for an Internet Bill of Rights. Congressman Khanna knows we can’t win in November by running away from our values, and we’re ready to bring it home this fall.”

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