Andrew Gillum Wiki – Biography
Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who lost to Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2018, was found inside a room at the Mondrian South Beach hotel “under the influence of an unknown substance,” according to a police report obtained by the news outlet.
Florida gubernatorial candidate turned CNN political commentator Andrew Gillum was found in an inebriated state in a Miami Beach hotel room early Friday where cops also found baggies of crystal meth, according to the Miami New Times.
Miami Beach cops said Aldo Mejias, 56, called them to the posh hotel just after midnight Friday about another man who appeared to be in cardiac arrest.
When police arrived, Miami Beach Fire Rescue was treating Travis Dyson, 30, for a possible drug overdose.
He was in stable condition, but was taken to the hospital for further treatment, NBC’s Orlando affiliate WESH reported.
Mejias told officers he had booked a room for the night and had met Dyson later in the day.
Mejias said he got to the hotel shortly after 11 p.m. and found Dyson and Gillum inside the room under the influence of an unknown substance.
Dyson opened the hotel room door for him and then promptly collapsed on the bed, while Gillum was vomiting in the bathroom, authorities said, according to the news outlets, citing police reports
Mejias saw that Dyson was having trouble breathing and also started vomiting on the bed, so he called 911 and started CPR.
Officials tried to speak to Gillum, but he was too inebriated to respond, cops said.
Andrew Gillum Age
Andrew Gillun is 40 years old. He was born on July 26, 1979 in Miami, Florida, United States.
Andrew Gillum Involved in Alleged Crystal-Meth Incident in Miami Beach
Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was allegedly present during an incident involving crystal meth at a Miami Beach hotel early this morning, according to an incident report obtained by New Times. A source with knowledge of the incident confirmed that Gillum’s date of birth matches the identifying information of the Andrew Gillum whose name is on an incident report circulating on Twitter this morning. Gillum served as mayor of Tallahassee from 2014 to 2018.
In a statement to Miami Herald reporter David Smiley, Gillum 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.”
The incident is not being treated as a criminal matter. A copy of the report is embedded below. Police redacted Gillum’s contact information in black; New Times has used blue bars to redact information regarding other people named in the report.
According to the documents, police responded to a cardiac-arrest distress call just before 1 a.m. at the Mondrian South Beach. When two officers from the Miami Beach Police Department arrived at the luxe hotel on West Avenue just north of 11th Street, they noted that Miami Beach Fire-Rescue was on scene treating a man for a possible drug overdose, but that the man, identified as Travis Dyson, was in stable condition.
The officers stated that the third man involved in the incident, Aldo Mejias, had lent Dyson his credit-card information to rent a hotel room yesterday afternoon and that the two were supposed to meet later that day. Mejias told the officers that he arrived at the hotel room around 11 p.m. and that Dyson opened the door and then immediately collapsed on a bed and began vomiting. Mejias said he began giving Dyson CPR and called 911.
Mejias told police Gillum was inside the hotel room “under the influence of an unknown substance.” Mejias said that while he was performing CPR on Dyson, Gillum was vomiting in a bathroom. Officers said that they tried to speak with Gillum but that he was “unable to communicate due to his inebriated state.”
Miami Beach Fire-Rescue said it responded to the hotel a second time for a “welfare check” on Gillum, at which time he was in a stable condition.
The officers said they found three small baggies of “suspected crystal meth” on “both the bed and floor of the hotel room.” Officers said Gillum left the hotel room “without incident” that night and went home.
Mejias did not immediately respond to emails, calls, and texts from New Times.
New Times reached Dyson by phone just after noon. Asked about the wedding celebration referenced by Gillum, Dyson seemed confused.
“I personally was not celebrating a wedding. I don’t know if [Gillum] was in town for a wedding. He did not mention that,” Dyson said.
Dyson said he has known Gillum since around last spring.
“We’ve been friends for a while,” Dyson said. He then went silent on the phone and did not answer subsequent calls from New Times.
Fire Rescue later went back to the hotel for a welfare check on Gillum, and found that he was stable and his vital signs were normal. he later went home without incident, and no charges were filed.
But police also said they found three baggies of “suspected crystal meth” on “both the bed and floor of the hotel room.”
Gillum responded in a statement Friday afternoon, saying he’d had too much to drink but did not take any drugs.
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“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,” he said, according to WESH.
“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. I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
Gillum, 40, was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party even after his defeat.
Of late, he has been working as a consultant for CNN, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, meanwhile, renewed a Twitter war of words with Gillum after the story broke.
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
“There is only one of us who gets methed-out in hotel rooms with guys in Miami…..YOU!!!” Gaetz tweeted, responding to a November 2019 tweet from Gillum calling him a criminal. Gaetz was busted in 2008 for driving under the influence.
“There is only one criminal between the two of us…YOU!!!” Gillum had tweeted at his Republican foe.
Early life and Education
Gillum was born in Miami and raised in Gainesville, Florida. He is the fifth of seven children born to Charles and Frances Gillum, respectively a construction worker and a school bus driver. Gillum graduated from Gainesville High School in 1998 and was recognized by the Gainesville Sun as one of the city’s “persons of the year”. He then moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) to major in political science.
On May 24, 2009, Gillum married R. Jai Howard, a fellow FAMU graduate. The couple has three children.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported on March 13, 2020, that Gillum was one of three inebriated men, one of whom was suffering from a drug overdose, who were found with “plastic baggies of suspected crystal meth” in a hotel room in Miami Beach. No arrests were made.
Gillum served as president of the FAMU Student Government Association from 2001–2002 and was the first student member of the FAMU Board of Trustees. He was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as “emerging leader for 2003”. Gillum was also a board member of the Black Youth Vote Coalition, a program of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation in Washington, D.C.. Gillum was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission prior to the completion of his college studies.
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