A Florida Democrat was found by police “inebriated” and vomiting in a hotel room with another man who was experiencing an apparent drug overdose.
Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, 40, was found in an “inebriated state” early Friday morning when police responded to a hotel room at the Miami Beach hotel, Politico reported, citing the Miami Beach Police Department.
Paramedics treated 30-year-old Travis Dyson of Miami for an apparent heart attack, the Miami Herald reported, while Gillum and another man, Aldo Mejias, 56, were in the room.
Police said Gillum, who was not arrested, was too drunk to answer questions. They also said officers found three clear plastic sandwich bags of what appeared to by crystal methamphetamine on the bed and floor.
Dyson was hospitalized and declared to be in stable condition.
Mejias, who had rented the room, told police he arrived at the hotel shortly before midnight and found Gillum and Dyson “under the influence of an unknown substance,” according to the cops.
Gillum and Dyson were both vomiting, while Mejias also was having trouble breathing, sparking Mejias to call emergency services.
After returning to his residence, Gillum issued a statement later Friday.
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said.
“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’m thankful to the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts,” Gillum said. “I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
“There is only one of us who gets methed-out in hotel rooms with guys in Miami”
Gillum, who lost the 2018 Florida gubernatorial race to Republican Ron DeSantis, mocked Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz last year over Gaetz’s decade-old DUI arrest.
Gillum lost to DeSantis by less than 33,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast and has since been positioned as a Democratic party rising star.
However, Gillum’s return to the headlines gave Gaetz the opportunity to renew their social media sparring session, with the congressman from the Florida Panhandle taking a long-awaited dig at his political rival.
“There is only one of us who gets methed-out in hotel rooms with guys in Miami…..YOU!!!” Gaetz tweeted in a response to a Nov. 22 post by Gillum that referenced the Republican’s DUI arrest when he was 26.
There is only one of us who gets methed-out in hotel rooms with guys in Miami…..YOU!!! https://t.co/HgbuMbpEnm
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 13, 2020
The DUI charge against Gaetz, now 37, was eventually dropped.