Andrew Gillum, a former candidate for Florida governor, has announced that he will be voluntarily entering a rehab program.
The news comes just days after police discovered the political figure in an “inebriated” state in a Miami hotel…where crystal meth was found alongside another man believed to have almost overdosed.
In trying to piece together what had actually transpired, authorities tried to draw answers from Gillum – but he was described as unresponsive.
When the news hit, the married father of four explained in a written reply:
“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.
Now, he’s doubling down on the alcohol component of the narrative in a fresh statement. His words below:
“After conversation with my family and deep reflection, I have made the decision to seek help, guidance and enter a rehabilitation facility at this time. This has been a wake-up call for me. Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person.
I now need to firmly focus on myself and my family. I will be stepping down from all public facing roles for the foreseeable future.
I want to apologize to my family, friends and the people of Florida who have supported me and put their faith in me over the years.”
No charges were filed against Gillum; but with murmurs of many kinds gaining volume, it’ll be interesting to see where the narrative ends up.