A Democratic candidate for Congress in Oklahoma has ended her marketing campaign one month after she apologized for verbally abusing youngsters attending a sleepover at a buddy’s residence.
The candidate, Abby Broyles, a former investigative tv reporter who ran an unsuccessful marketing campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2020, mentioned she was ending her bid to symbolize Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District “to focus on myself and my happiness,” based on a Medium post printed on Thursday.
In the essay, Ms. Broyles, 32, described how she “hit rock bottom” after the sleepover incident final month.
She described being in an emergency room on March 2, lower than two weeks after the apology.
“I drank heavily in my hotel room, more than 1,300 miles away in an effort to hide and took sleeping pills, anguishing in pain reading about myself on social media and in tabloid articles,” she wrote.
Ms. Broyles additionally mentioned she had “struggled with mental health issues including self-worth, severe anxiety and insomnia for about 20 years.”
Ms. Broyles, who didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Thursday, has mentioned that she has no reminiscence of what occurred through the Feb. 11 sleepover the place she had blended alcohol and sleep remedy. About eight ladies ages 12 and 13 attended the sleepover, the place they watched the film “Titanic,” based on NonDoc Media, a journalism nonprofit in Oklahoma.
When first contacted by NonDoc Media for remark, Ms. Broyles appeared to disclaim that she was at the social gathering. After a TikTok video confirmed in any other case, she gave an interview to KFOR-TV, an Oklahoma City station the place she as soon as labored.
In the interview, Ms. Broyles mentioned that she had “blacked out” after consuming wine and taking a sleeping remedy. She mentioned that her buddy, who was internet hosting the sleepover, had given her medication that she had by no means taken earlier than.
After the sleepover episode made nationwide headlines, Ms. Broyles mentioned she had acquired dying threats and had been harassed by on-line trolls. She additionally wrote that she had “lost support” from Democratic leaders. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which Ms. Broyles mentioned “announced it was distancing itself” from her after the episode, didn’t instantly return a telephone name looking for touch upon Thursday.
“The news cycle was the longest nine days of my life,” she continued. “I didn’t even feel safe staying in my own home due to the threats I received.”
Alone in a lodge room this month, Ms. Broyles turned overwhelmed with self-doubt, she mentioned within the publish. “Surrounded by empty wine and liquor bottles, I stared at the dark circles under my eyes in the bathroom mirror, and this time, I didn’t just tell myself I’m ‘not good enough,’” she wrote. “This time I told myself I was done.”
“I don’t remember what all I drank before I sent a couple suicidal texts to close friends and sent a tweet out that said, ‘You guys win. I’ll just kill myself,’” she continued. “I blacked out and woke up on a gurney.”
Ms. Broyles was looking for her social gathering’s nomination in June to run in opposition to Representative Stephanie Bice, the Republican incumbent serving her first time period. In 2020, Ms. Broyles ran to unseat Senator James Inhofe, a Republican.
Toward the tip of her assertion, Ms. Broyles mentioned that she had checked right into a rehabilitation heart just lately.
She mentioned she was sharing her story “because I should’ve gotten help sooner, and if you’re suffering, please know, there is help. Unfortunately, I had to hit rock bottom to realize it.”
If you’re having ideas of suicide, name the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a listing of extra assets.