Critics across the political spectrum are reacting to the latest developments out of Miami, Fla., where CNN pundit and former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was involved in a “crystal meth incident,” according to Miami Herald reporting.
Miami Beach Police responded to a distressing call Friday morning.
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Gillum was reportedly at a South Beach hotel in the company of two other men — Travis Dyson, who had potentially overdosed — and Aldo Mejias.
According to The Herald, the officers who responded to the call found three vials of suspected methamphetamine on the bed and floor.
The Herald also reports that Gillum was too intoxicated to answer questions. Although Gillum was alleged by Mejias to have been vomiting during the incident, the CNN pundit has since denied using crystal meth.
It was just the booze, he said.
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said in a written statement Friday afternoon. “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 will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time,” he added
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According to police reports circulating the media, Mejias described what took place a little differently. Mejias claims he showed up to the room shortly before midnight and discovered Gillum and Dyson “under the influence of an unknown substance.”
Gillum was taken to a local hospital by police but was not arrested.
Before the incident, the CNN star and rising Democrat gained critical acclaim in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial primary for narrowly losing out to Republican candidate Ron DeSantis.
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