Florida gubernatorial candidate turned CNN political commentator Andrew Gillum was found in an inebriated state in a Miami Beach hotel room early Friday where cops also found baggies of crystal meth, according to the Miami New Times.
Gillum, a Democrat who lost to Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2018, was found inside a room at the Mondrian South Beach hotel “under the influence of an unknown substance,” according to a police report obtained by the news outlet.
Miami Beach cops said Aldo Mejias, 56, called them to the posh hotel just after midnight Friday about another man who appeared to be in cardiac arrest.
Mejias told officers he had booked a room for the night and had met Dyson later in the day.
Mejias said he got to the hotel shortly after 11 p.m. and found Dyson and Gillum inside the room under the influence of an unknown substance.
Dyson opened the hotel room door for him and then promptly collapsed on the bed, while Gillum was vomiting in the bathroom, authorities said, according to the news outlets, citing police reports
Mejias saw that Dyson was having trouble breathing and also started vomiting on the bed, so he called 911 and started CPR.
Officials tried to speak to Gillum, but he was too inebriated to respond, cops said.
Fire Rescue later went back to the hotel for a welfare check on Gillum, and found that he was stable and his vital signs were normal. he later went home without incident, and no charges were filed.
But police also said they found three baggies of “suspected crystal meth” on “both the bed and floor of the hotel room.”
Gillum responded in a statement Friday afternoon, saying he’d had too much to drink but did not take any drugs.
“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 said, according to 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 considered a rising star in the Democratic Party even after his defeat.
Of late, he has been working as a consultant for CNN, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, meanwhile, renewed a Twitter war of words 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 criminal. Gaetz was busted in 2008 for driving under the influence.
“There is only one criminal between the two of us…YOU!!!” Gillum had tweeted at his Republican foe.
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