*Andrew Gillum was given enough rope to hang himself!
The former mayor of Tallahassee and Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate confessed to being an alcoholic after police found him in a Miami hotel room with two other men two weekends ago. If he’s not in rehab by now, he should be on the way.
Gillum came within 34,000 votes of becoming Florida’s governor in 2018. His name recognition could have made him a U.S. senatorial candidate, a vice-presidential candidate or possibly a cabinet member in the next presidential administration. After twenty years in local politics, Gillum had built a following.
He admitted in a written statement to being an alcoholic. And he denied any use of the crystal meth found in the hotel room. But inquiring minds want to know why this married father of three was found in a hotel room with two other men – one who was a self-proclaimed gay male escort – suffering from a drug-induced heart attack. Some say the answer is obvious!
Gillum told police he was in Miami for a wedding. On a Thursday night. News reports said one of the men in the hotel room is an unlicensed physician. The gay male escort claims to be a registered nurse via social media. Nobody got arrested for possession of the drugs or anything else. How Gillum could be ‘too drunk to give a statement to police,’ yet still be allowed to leave the scene is a head-scratcher, but I digress.
Gillum looks like the picture of a strong, heterosexual black man who is smart, politically savvy and is a leader in his community and in his family. Some white people don’t like it when a Black man has more clout, influence or money than themselves. While Gillum isn’t completely innocent – it was his choice to be drunk in a hotel room with a male escort – the bigger picture is how Black men are being portrayed as the face of sexual deviance, while White men with similar proclivities are held less accountable. It has become the 21st century version of public lynching.
Humans all have flaws. When your enemies detect those flaws they use them to their advantage. They offer you the very thing that can bring you down. Then whenever it suites your enemy, they reveal your flaw to the world, kick you to the curb and let the chips fall where they may.
For some people, their flaw is drugs or gambling. For Gillum apparently it was alcohol and possibly bi-sexual tendencies. Some people who knew Gillum since his college days at Florida A&M University said there was speculation about his sexual preference, even then. So far, Gillum has opted not to address the gay issue. But being caught with that male escort quite could be a problem. Gayle King probably has him lined up for an interview already. If you’re openly gay you could become president. If you’re undercover gay it could be your kryptonite.
Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Email her at info@SteffanieRivers.com with your comments, questions or speaking inquiries.