Failed Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum released a statement over the weekend after being found in a Miami Beach hotel room with a man overdosing on drugs; saying he’s entering rehab and “stepping down” from political life.
“After conversation with my family and deep reflection, I have made the decision to seek help, guidance and enter a rehabilitation facility at this time. This has been a wake-up call for me. Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person,” Gillum said in a statement.
“I now need to firmly focus on myself and my family. I will be stepping down from all public facing roles for the foreseeable future. I want to apologize to my family, friends and the people of Florida who have supported me and put their faith in me over the years. I ask that you respect my and my family’s privacy during this time. Thank you,” he added.
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Original Story: March 13, 2020
Failed Florida Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was reportedly found in a Miami Beach hotel room in an “inebriated state” alongside another guest who exhibited signs of a possible drug overdose.
“The Miami Beach Police Department responded to an emergency call from the hotel room early Friday morning. Police impounded several clear plastic bags of what appeared to be crystal meth,” reports Politico.
“Police said Gillum was unable to speak to them because of his ‘inebriated state,’ according to the report. Gillum eventually left the hotel and returned to his residence,” adds Politico.
BREAKING: Andrew Gillum was discovered by police at a South Beach hotel early Friday in a room with bags of possible methamphetamine and in the company of a man who appeared to have overdosed on drugs, according to a police report. https://t.co/9F8PZ714z0
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) March 13, 2020
Gillum released a statement Friday; denying his use of any illegal drugs while admitting he consumed too much alcohol at a nearby wedding.
Gillum: "I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines."
Apologizes for "distraction this has caused our movement." pic.twitter.com/TDY7mnZGYO
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) March 13, 2020
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said in a written statement. “While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”
“I’m thankful to the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts,” Gillum said. “I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
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