Lisa J. Huriash
Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has come out as bisexual.
He made the announcement during an interview on the “Tamron Hall Show,” saying “I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual. That is something that I have never shared publicly before.”
Gillum was a rising political star when he lost the 2018 election for governor. Since that loss, the former mayor of Tallahassee focused his efforts on engaging voters and increasing voter registration.
In 2019, the Florida Ethics Commission fined him $5,000 after investigating his getaways to Costa Rica and New York, with lobbyists picking up most of the costs. Gillum attorney Barry Richard said Gillum agreed to a count of accepting a lobbyist’s gift worth more than $100, and that it involved a free boat ride of about an hour-and-a-half for a party of seven around Manhattan.
He made national news earlier this year when Miami Beach police found Gillum vomiting in a hotel bathroom and another man in possible cardiac arrest on the bed. Cops released the body cam footage and 26 photos showing the inside of the hotel room and the baggies of drugs.
Gillum, according to the police report, “was unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state.”
After winning the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018 with 34% of the vote in a five-way primary, Gillum was thrust into the national spotlight in one of the most watched gubernatorial races in the country.
After the Miami Beach incident he said he would enter rehab.
“This has been a wake-up call for me,” the married father of three said in a written statement at the time. “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.”
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