Andrew Gillum is the to enter rehab, take a step back from the world of politics after a Miami hotel incident

to connectVideoAndrew Gillum was found by the police in a hotel room with the man, reported to be an overdose on meth

A former Florida gubernatorial candidate and one of the other men was found in Miamia hotel room, by Mark Meredith reports.

A former candidate for governor of Florida, Andrew Gillum, who was named in the report, the police on Friday and said that he was “drunk,” and, in the first instance, fails to respond to a large room where investigators found baggies of suspected crystal methamphetamine, announced Sunday that he was at the rehab, and take a step back from the politics for a moment.

“After talking with my family, and a deep sense of reflection, I have made the decision to ask for help, guidance, and enter a rehabilitation center at this time. This is a wake-up call for me. Since my last race for governor ended, I went into a deep depression which led to alcohol abuse. I watched my father suffer from alcoholism, and I know the damaging effects it can have if not treated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of a deeper struggle. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal completely, and in the world as a complete person,” Gillum, a Democrat and a CNN contributor, said in a statement.

He added: “I’ve got to place the focus on myself and my family. I will resign from all public office in the near future. I would like to apologize to my family, friends, and the people of Florida, who have supported me and trust in me over the years. I have a question, you have my respect and my family’s privacy at this time. Thank you.”


Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor who was running for governor in 2018, was not charged with any crime. The Miami Beach police told the police to let them Gillum to leave the hotel for home after medics checked him out.

Gillum, 40, said in an earlier statement that he was in Miami Beach for a wedding and did not use illicit drugs. “When I had too much to drink, I just want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines,” Gillum said. “I apologize to the people of Florida, and for the distraction that this has caused to our movement.”


According to the police, fire and rescue crews were called to a Miami Beach hotel around 1 pm, and on Friday a suspected drug overdose. Police say Gillum, and two of the other men in the room.

“Mr. Gillum was not able to communicate due to his intoxicated condition,” the police report said.

Gillum, had a stable medical signs, as government, to check on the well-being and was allowed to leave the hotel for use at home, in the police report.

Gillum was the first black candidate of a major political party to run for governor of Florida. He has lost close to Republican Ron DeSantis in the 2018 election.


Since then, Gillum has mounted an effort to get to the register, Democrats in Florida to vote, and appeared on CNN as a commentator.

By 2019, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that Gillum violated the state’s ethics law when he accepted gifts while in out-of-town trips with lobbyists, and vendors, not to mention it. This includes tickets for a performance of the musical “Hamilton.” A settlement of $5,000 was agreed upon, in that case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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