CNN contributor and former Democratic candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum apologized after a police report said he was found “inebriated” in a hotel room where suspected methamphetamine was also recovered.
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum, the former mayor of state capital Tallahassee, said in a statement on Friday. “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.”
Gillum said he is planning on spending the following weeks with his family.
A report from the Miami Beach Police department said Gillum was in a Miami Beach hotel room on Thursday where a man had “a possible drug overdose.” Before police were called, a person told officials that the overdose suspect, Travis Dyson, opened the door to the hotel room and “immediately walked over to the bed and collapsed in a prone position.”
Dyson was also observed having difficulty breathing before he began vomiting on the bed before collapsing again, according to the report. The other man, Aldo Meijas, tried to perform chest compressions on Dyson before calling the police and first responders.
“Officers then attempted to speak to Mr. Gillum,” who was “unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state,” according to the report.