Democrat Abby Broyles, who drew national attention after admitting she blacked out at a sleepover for middle-school aged girls and vomited in a clothes hamper, announced Thursday she’s dropping out of the race for Oklahoma‘s 5th Congressional District.
Broyles, 32, said in a statement that she is receiving treatment for anxiety and alcohol dependency following the incident at the sleepover and, later, an attempt to take her own life by drinking alcohol and taking sleeping pills.
‘On the morning of March 2nd, I made the attempt to take my life, but thankfully, God had greater plans for me,’ Broyles said. ‘I am currently undergoing mental health treatment for severe anxiety and dependency on alcohol to cope.
‘For too long, I was committed to being a great political figure and representative for the people of Oklahoma rather than taking the time to work on the most important part – myself.’
An attorney and former television news reporter, Broyles was the Democratic nominee in the race for the U.S. Senate in 2020, losing to Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe by 30 percentage points.
Democrat Abby Broyles, who drew national attention after admitting she blacked out at a sleepover for middle-school aged girls and vomited in a clothes hamper, announced Thursday she’s dropping out of the race for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District
Broyles, 32, said in a statement that she is receiving treatment for anxiety and alcohol dependency following the incident at the sleepover and, later, an attempt to take her own life by drinking alcohol and taking sleeping pills
Broyles, 32, previously apologized for ‘getting drunk and shouting at schoolgirls,’ calling one ‘acne f**ker’ and another a ‘Hispanic f**ker’ during a Valentine’s weekend gathering before she vomited in a hamper and a girl’s shoe.
She claimed during a KFOR interview that her behavior was caused by a cocktail of booze and sleeping medication given to her by a friend who was hosting Broyles’ daughter and other girls at her home.
‘Instead of helping me sleep, I hallucinated,’ Broyles told the station. ‘And I don´t remember anything until I woke up or came to, and I was throwing up in a hamper.’
Her behavior, described by the teens’ moms as ‘appalling’, has angered the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which gave her the ax.
‘The DCCC is not working with Abby Broyles’ campaign and we condemn her abhorrent behavior,’ spokesman Chris Taylor told Politico.
Congressional candidate Abby Broyles, 32, blamed her drunken rantings and vomiting during a teenage girls’ sleepover on a combination of booze and sleeping pills
Broyles also addressed the scandal on Twitter, where she indicated that she was dropping out of the race. She contended that the incident was not typical of her normal behavior.
‘The things I’m accused of saying are not who I am, nor do they depict the entirety of the situation that occurred,’ she tweeted. ‘They are not a reflection of my beliefs.’
She said the ‘painful attack on my character’ has led to threats, meanspirited emails, and an unprecedented amount of stress.
‘Like all of us, I’m not perfect,’ Broyles said. ‘We all make mistakes and I’m sure I’m not the only Oklahoman who’s ever had one too many on a Friday night. Being in the public eye for an intense three years in a tumultuous political climate has been the most stressful time of my life.
‘While I’m committed to service, I’m taking some time to focus on my mental health and recharging so I can feel 100% again.’
Broyles also addressed the scandal on Twitter, where she fell short of apologizing while contending that the incident was not indicative of her normal behavior
Broyles was invited over to a friend’s house to share a drink while the friend’s daughter enjoyed a slumber party with seven other middle-school girls.
She allegedly became drunk over the course of the evening, threw up in a laundry basket and a girl’s shoe, and launched a profanity-laced tirade at several of the children.
Originally. Broyles fiercely denied she was even at the party, but then admitted she had been there and was ‘deeply sorry’ for her actions.
Broyles said she had wine and sushi with her friend, who gave her a sleeping pill to help her deal with anxiety.
However, she claims she had a bad reaction to the drug, which made her hallucinate, black out and left her unable to remember what happened that night.
Abby Broyles (pictured), a candidate for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District, apologized after ‘getting drunk and shouting at schoolgirls’. She had gone over to a friend’s house for ‘wine and sushi’ but ended up letting loose a profane tirade
The budding politician denied she had a drinking problem and blamed a bad reaction to sleeping pills for the alleged outburst. Broyles called one schoolgirl ‘acne f**ker’ and another ‘Hispanic f**ker’ during her friend’s daughter’s Valentine’s Day sleepover party
Multiple reports of the incident published by NonDoc alleged that Broyles hurled multiple insults at the girls including ‘acne f***er’, ‘Hispanic f***er’ and ‘judgy f***er’, bringing them to tears.
Broyles’ friend whose daughter was having the party confirmed the Democrat had created an incident ‘of the kind of magnitude that I needed to make phone calls to every parent [of the children in attendance] the next day to discuss one-on-one’.
Sarah Matthews, (pictured) whose 12-year-old daughter was at the party, slammed Broyles’s alleged behavior, claiming it was ‘vile, cruel and bigoted’
Before the tweets about ‘recharging’, Broyles had apologized: ‘I want to say sorry from the bottom of my heart, I apologize for any hurt or damage or trauma that my behavior, when I didn’t know what I was doing, caused. I’m deeply sorry.’ She added that she didn’t believe she had a problem with alcohol.
She alleged Broyles scared the group of girls and claimed she ‘ruined a pair of their shoes with vomit’
Sarah Matthews, who said her 12-year-old daughter was at the party, tweeted that Broyles ‘verbally and emotionally abused’ the group of 12 and 13-year-olds.
She wrote: ‘For someone who pontificates to be undyingly pro-woman, I am disgusted by your behavior and find it appalling you couldn’t understand why their parents are angry.
‘Your vile, cruel, and bigoted behavior should not be excused or ‘swept under the rug’.
Broyles liked a tweet saying, ‘Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t have to get it ‘right’, I just have to give it my best’
The Dem candidate was told she terrified the group of girls. However, she has vowed to continue with her political campaign
‘Not only did you scare and traumatize these beautiful girls with your words, you ruined a pair of their shoes with your vomit! (Which she saved up to buy with her own money!)
‘Considering how much you bragged about how ‘rich and successful’ you are to these children, surely you can afford to replace her shoes!’
Broyles did not reply to the tweets by Matthews but liked one from another user written a day later saying, ‘Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t have to get it ‘right’, I just have to give it my best’.
Earlier this week, another Democrat jumped into the 5th District race – Joshua Harris-Till, a former congressional candidate and past president of the Young Democrats of America.
The 5th District seat, which includes most of Oklahoma City, was seen as the most competitive district for Democrats in Oklahoma.
Earlier this week, another Democrat jumped into the 5th District race – Joshua Harris-Till (pictured), a former congressional candidate and past president of the Young Democrats of America
Oklahoma City attorney Kendra Horn won the seat in a surprising upset over a three-term GOP incumbent in 2018 before Republican U.S. Rep. Stephanie Bice (pictured) won the seat back for the GOP in a narrow defeat over Horn in 2020
Oklahoma City attorney Kendra Horn won the seat in a surprising upset over a three-term GOP incumbent in 2018 before Republican U.S. Rep. Stephanie Bice won the seat back for the GOP in a narrow defeat over Horn in 2020.
Since then, the district was redrawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature to remove a large swathe of the heavily Democratic south side of Oklahoma City and to add parts of several rural, Republican leaning counties.
Horn announced last week she was running for Oklahoma’s soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Jim Inhofe, who plans to step down in January before his term is complete.
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