*Uh oh, somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ ta do.
That somebody is non-other than 2018 Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
He was present in a hotel room where one man was treated for a suspected overdose. On top of that, baggies of suspected crystal meth were found, reports the Miami Herald.
Gillum “was too intoxicated to answer questions,” according to the Herald’s report, but was able to leave the South Beach hotel room with no incident. He has not been charged with anything.
You’re no doubt wondering what Gillum has to say in defense of himself. In a statement given to the Herald, the soon-to-ex-CNN contributor said …
“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. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”
Gillum said he was thankful to Miami Beach’s emergency medical responders for the way they handled the situation.
“I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
A representative for CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor, lost the gubernatorial race to Republican Ron DeSantis in 2018. DeSantis caused a stir that August, drawing accusations of using a racist dog whistle during a Fox News interview while talking about voters potentially electing Gillum, who would have been the state’s first black governor, according to TheWrap.
A call to Gillum’s longtime spokesman and advisor Friday morning went directly to voice mail and he didn’t immediately respond to a text message.