Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor in 2018, was present at the site of a potential meth overdose Thursday in Miami Beach.
Police reports first posted by anti-LGBTQ activist Candace Owens showed Gillum was found vomiting in a hotel bathroom while a man identified as Travis Dyson was in cardiac arrest.
The validity of the report was confirmed by Florida Politics, which also obtained a lengthy response from Gillum.
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said.
“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. I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
Authorities were called to address Dyson. Another man, identified as Aldo Mejias, was also in the room. Mejias said he has attempted press compressions on Dyson before calling police. Gillum was too intoxicated to speak with police at the time, the report states.
Miami Beach police will only say they are not pursuing criminal charges against Gillum.
The police report said there were “clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room. The three small baggies of suspected narcotics were impounded at the Miami Beach police station Property and Evidence Unity for destruction.”
Gillum maintains he was only drinking. He regularly campaigned with his wife, R. Jai. An LGBTQ ally and former mayor of Tallahassee, he lost the gubernatorial election to Republican Ron DeSantis.
Dyson was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami and was in stable condition when police conducted a wellness check.
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