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Andrew Gillum? Wtf? (Original Post) Tipperary Mar 2020 OP
Depressing cilla4progress Mar 2020 #1
Oh no! I didn't know about that either. But meth???? Cousin Dupree Mar 2020 #2
yeah, end of his career Amishman Mar 2020 #3
Why am I getting the feeling that this was a set up? flying_wahini Mar 2020 #4
Pretty hard to set something like this up Loki Liesmith Mar 2020 #9
He issued a statement saying he's going into alcohol rehab Polybius Mar 2020 #22
now this is a surprise theLJhog Mar 2020 #5
Ah, I think we should hear ALL the details first eh?? a kennedy Mar 2020 #6
Which makes me highly suspicious of the whole thing. 2naSalit Mar 2020 #27
Glad he's getting help..here is NY Tmes article. RestoreAmerica2020 Mar 2020 #7
I hadn't heard anything either, probably because of coronavirus, primaries etc. cwydro Mar 2020 #8
he was as flawed as many said he was and many democrats chose to ignore beachbumbob Mar 2020 #10
Yeah, I'm seriously bummed. Coventina Mar 2020 #11
I really liked him. Tipperary Mar 2020 #12
Same. Coventina Mar 2020 #13
The RW noise machine was all over this. Ligyron Mar 2020 #14
I'm still trying to figure out how I missed this completely. cwydro Mar 2020 #17
This kinda broke my heart - I voted for him and hoped I would see him soar in the future. FM123 Mar 2020 #15
Alcoholism Chainfire Mar 2020 #16
Seems like the first stage of bursting into public life would be a full & honest self-inventory. UTUSN Mar 2020 #18
Good point. Tipperary Mar 2020 #20
"a waste" - Whew, thanks, was afraid I was going to be flamed. (Still might happen) UTUSN Mar 2020 #21
I've been skeptical of Gillum. I never understood the excitement. Music Man Mar 2020 #19
Yes. I think you are right. Tipperary Mar 2020 #24
I wish him well in his recovery. Turin_C3PO Mar 2020 #23
Apparently he wasn't thinking about the rusty fender Mar 2020 #25
I think his being found in that room was a set up. 2naSalit Mar 2020 #26
"Now, I'm not calling Mr. Desantis a racist. I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist." aikoaiko Mar 2020 #28
Pics have been leaked and all over Twitter Catherine Vincent Mar 2020 #29

Polybius

(15,047 posts)
22. He issued a statement saying he's going into alcohol rehab
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 12:34 PM
Mar 2020

If it were a setup, he would have said so.

 

theLJhog

(5 posts)
5. now this is a surprise
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:13 AM
Mar 2020

Seems out of character. Meth and a male prostitute? That should pretty much end his political career.

2naSalit

(85,141 posts)
27. Which makes me highly suspicious of the whole thing.
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:31 PM
Mar 2020

A few markers that indicate a set up make me think he was taken advantage of while drinking, maybe some enhancement in his drink to help place him where he could be "found" in a precarious situation that he can't explain.

Smell to high heaven and appears all too convenient.

I am not buying the whole gay guy and meth was "found" in the room too indicates that he's guilty of anything more than drinking.

I think he was set up. Maybe he needs to go to rehab for alcohol issues but I bet that's the extent of it.

Seems so many are ready to jump on the "off with his head" bandwagon.

 

cwydro

(51,308 posts)
8. I hadn't heard anything either, probably because of coronavirus, primaries etc.
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:17 AM
Mar 2020

I googled him when I saw this OP. Surprised it didn’t make more news than it did.

Not surprised that he’s now going into “rehab.”

 

cwydro

(51,308 posts)
17. I'm still trying to figure out how I missed this completely.
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:58 AM
Mar 2020

I had no idea he had any issues like this.

Music Man

(1,181 posts)
19. I've been skeptical of Gillum. I never understood the excitement.
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 11:05 AM
Mar 2020

Lots of issues with corruption as mayor (or at least carelessness with ethics laws), and I was never impressed with his performance in his gubernatorial campaign. And now it's clear that he has lots of personal baggage to work through. Wish DeSantis weren't governor, but it's possible we dodged a bullet by not having Gillum either.

I wish him well in his recovery and hope this is the start of a new life for him.

Turin_C3PO

(13,497 posts)
23. I wish him well in his recovery.
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 12:38 PM
Mar 2020

We have to remember that addiction is a disease, not a character flaw.

2naSalit

(85,141 posts)
26. I think his being found in that room was a set up.
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:25 PM
Mar 2020

I also think his electing rehab is the best way to salvage his career. Everybody makes mistakes. He wasn't on meth, that shit sounds like "throw down" material and the gay guy was icing on the character assassination cake.

I'm not writing him off. Somebody wants him out of the game and this would have been a good way to do it in the minds of many. So he slipped into the bottle for a spell, at least he has the self respect to do the right thing now. I don't think he uses meth and for anyone to quickly write him off without a full story is pretty shallow.

aikoaiko

(34,084 posts)
28. "Now, I'm not calling Mr. Desantis a racist. I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist."
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:56 PM
Mar 2020

Sometimes politicians are like bands and are one-hit wonders.

I'll always be grateful for that debate gem:

"Well, let me first say my grandmother used to say, “A hit dog will holler.” And it hollered through this room. Mr. DeSantis has spoken. First of all, he’s got neo-Nazis helping him out in the state. He has spoken at racist conferences. He’s accepted a contribution and would not return it from someone who referred to the former president of the United States as a Muslim n-i-g-g-e-r. When asked to return that money, he said no. He’s using that money to now fund negative ads."

"Now, I’m not calling Mr. Desantis a racist. I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist."


The best line since, "You're no Jack Kennedy."
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