Andrew Gillum, the previous Democratic candidate for governor of Florida and a CNN political commentator, apologized on Friday after he was discovered “inebriated” by police who had been responding to a “possible drug overdose” in a Miami resort room he was in, in accordance with a police report.
In an announcement, Gillum stated that he was in Miami for a “wedding celebration” when officers had been known as to “assist one of my friends.”
“While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines,” Gillum stated. “I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”
“I’m thankful for the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts,” Gillum added. “I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
The police report stated that officers, who advised CNN they aren’t at present pursuing prison costs, arrived to the scene simply after midnight and located Gillum and a second individual, Aldo Mejias, in the resort room.
Mejias, in accordance with the police report, stated he had supplied a 3rd individual, Travis Dyson, a bank card on Thursday to lease a resort room for the night time.
When Mejias arrived on the resort room later that night time, he found Dyson and Gillum contained in the room “under the influence of an unknown substance,” the police report stated.
Mejias advised police he discovered Gillum inside the toilet vomiting, the report stated. Dyson, Mejias advised police, collapsed on the mattress and was “having difficulty breathing.”
When Mejias woke Dyson up, he “began vomiting on the bed” and collapsed, Mejias advised police. According to the police report, Mejias contacted authorities after he began conducting chest compressions on Dyson.
When officers arrived, the police report stated, they “observed in plain sight three small clear baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room.”
Officers tried to talk with Gillum however discovered he was “unable to communicate” due to his “inebriated state,” the police report stated. Gillum later left the room and “returned to his residence without incident,” the police report stated.
Dyson was handled for a attainable drug overdose, the police report stated, and in secure situation when officers arrived on scene, however taken to a hospital “as a precaution.”
Gillum responded in an announcement Friday afternoon, saying he’d had an excessive amount of to drink however didn’t take any medicine.
“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,” he stated, in accordance with WESH.
“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. I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
Gillum, 40, was thought-about a rising star in the Democratic Party even after his defeat.
Of late, he has been working as a marketing consultant for CNN, which didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, in the meantime, renewed a Twitter disagreement with Gillum after the story broke.
“There is only one of us who gets methed-out in hotel rooms with guys in Miami…..YOU!!!” Gaetz tweeted, responding to a November 2019 tweet from Gillum calling him a prison. Gaetz was busted in 2008 for driving underneath the affect.
“There is only one criminal between the two of us…YOU!!!” Gillum had tweeted at his Republican foe.