Democrat Andrew Gillum lost the race for the Florida governor’s mansion by a mere 0.4%.
At the time, voters appeared bitterly divided in the red-tilting Sunshine State. Since then, Republican Ron DeSantis has become one of the most popular governors in the country.
But if any Floridians need reassurance to confirm they made the right choice in choosing DeSantis, today’s news from the Miami Beach Police Department will do just that.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Former Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Andrew Gillum, was involved in a suspected crystal meth incident early Friday morning in Miami Beach, a source from the City of Miami Beach confirmed.
According to a police report, Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews were called to a hotel at 1100 West Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. regarding a suspected drug overdose.
Authorities said Gillum, 40, and two other men were inside the hotel room at the time.
#BREAKING: Andrew Gillum was in an “inebriated state” on scene of “possible drug overdose” at Mondrian South Beach Hotel early this morning with “clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth,” according to @MiamiBeachPD report pic.twitter.com/4tWzkdU4GL
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) March 13, 2020
According to the police report, officers found three small clear bags inside the hotel room containing suspected crystal meth.
The police impounded the suspected narcotics as evidence.
Officers reported that they attempted to communicate with Gillum, but that he was too inebriated.
Gillum returned home to his wife and children “without incident.” It is unclear if he or the other men will face charges.
He has since released a statement to the press:
Gillum: “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.”
Apologizes for “distraction this has caused our movement.” pic.twitter.com/TDY7mnZGYO
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) March 13, 2020
After losing the 2018 gubernatorial election, Gillum had to settle for being an on-air contributor at CNN.
The cable news network has not commented on his employment status.