Former Mayor of Tallahassee and CNN employee Andrew Gillum enters a rehabilitation center to seek treatment for alcohol abuse, he announced in a statement Sunday evening.
Gillum was the Democratic nominee in the 2018 race for Florida Governor and lost a close fight against Republican then Congressman Ron DeSantis.
As previously reported, police said Gillum was discovered early Friday morning in a Miami hotel room in a “drunken state” and “unable to communicate.”
Police responded to a phone call about a suspected overdose. When they got to the hotel room, they found Gillum and two other men, one of whom was suspected of an overdose.
The police report also said they found “in sight three small clear plastic bags containing suspicious crystal meth on both the bed and the floor of the hotel room.”
No one was arrested, and Gillum issued a statement later that day stating that he had celebrated a friend’s wedding and “ drank too much, ” but emphatically denied that he had ever used methamphetamines.
But according to Politico, Gillum’s friends expected to attend the ceremony, but he was a no show.
Gollum’s statement also thanked “the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts,” apologized “to the Florida people for the distraction our movement caused because of this,” and asked for privacy, saying he would would spend weeks with this family.
Apparently, Gillum had two days to think. On Sunday evening, he released another statement announcing that he had “made the decision to seek help, guidance and enter a rehabilitation center.”
“Since my race for governor ended, I’ve been in depression that has led to alcohol abuse,” said Gillum in his statement. “I saw my father suffer from alcoholism and I now have the harmful effects it can have if left untreated.”
Gillum added that he needs “now[ed] to focus firmly on myself and my family “and would” step down from all public functions in the near future, “presumably including his efforts to help Democrats in Florida register voters and his role with CNN.
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