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Andrew Gillum says he's entering rehab after incident in Miami Beach hotel room

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Posted at 10:38 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 22:38:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida candidate for governor Andrew Gillum has disclosed he's entering a rehabilitation facility, saying he fell into alcohol abuse after losing his bid for the state's highest office.

A statement Sunday night by the 40-year-old Democrat came days after Gillum was named in a Miami Beach police report that said he was “inebriated" and initially unresponsive in a hotel room where authorities found him with a male companion and baggies of suspected crystal methamphetamine.

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The former Tallahassee mayor is not charged with any crime. Gillum said Sunday that he fell into a depression that led to alcohol abuse after he ran for governor in 2018.

Here is his full statement:

After conversation with my family and deep reflection, I have made the decision to seek help, guidance and enter a rehabilitation facility at this time. This has been a wake-up call for me. Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person. "I now need to firmly focus on myself and my family. I will be stepping down from all public facing roles for the foreseeable future.

I want to apologize to my family, friends and the people of Florida who have supported me and put their faith in me over the years.

I ask that you respect my and my family’s privacy during this time. Thank you.