Former President Barack Obama, center, raises arms with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, left, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., right, during a campaign rally, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A bit of big news out of Florida today.
Former Gubernatorial candidate and rising liberal star, Andrew Gillum, was named in a police report involving crystal meth and an overdose at a hotel room. It appears he wasn’t just a passer-by, either. Here’s the documentation and confirmation from several sources.
#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
Just got off the phone with Miami Beach Police who confirmed this police report from last night. https://t.co/J797RQbt3C
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) March 13, 2020
— Tallahassee Reports (@TLHReports) March 13, 2020
Gillum came within a few thousand votes of being Governor of Florida. To say the voters there dodged a bullet is an understatement. That election came down to a lot of funny business that went on in very liberal Broward County, including having a state official (who was eventually fired) refusing to report results on time. Eventually, though the margin narrowed, current Gov. DeSantis was named the winner.
What can’t be forgotten in all this is that Gillum has been held up as the future of the Democratic party. They don’t get to just handwave this away and pretend he no longer matters. Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, and others all campaigned for him. After his loss, attempts to blame it on “voter suppression” were rampant. There are also rumors that more was going on in that hotel room than just getting high. There’s no doubt more will be coming out in the near future and that this should end Gillum’s political prospects, although you just never know these days.