An Oklahoma congressional candidate drops out of her race a month after she was accused of getting drunk and scolding tweens at a sleepover, saying she attempted suicide after the outbreak broke out scandal.
“Fortunately, God had bigger plans for me. I am currently on mental health treatment for severe anxiety and alcohol addiction to cope,” Abby Broyles said in a statement Thursday.
The former reporter, a Democrat, made headlines for all the wrong reasons in February when the mother of a girl who attended the Valentine’s Day reunion took to social media to lambaste her .
Broyles was accused of drinking wine until she was drunk, verbally assaulting the 12- and 13-year-old girls, and then vomiting into a basket.
“[My daughter] kept telling me Abby Broyles was home and very drunk and calling them all mfer’s, f’er this f’er that,” the mother, Sarah Matthews, told KFOR after the incident.
“[Broyles] called someone acne f’er, someone hispanic f’er, called my daughter judgey f’er for not wanting to sleep with a blanket she cleaned the wine with.
Broyles first denied to one outlet that she was even at the party, then denied to another outlet that she ever said that, even though it was on tape.
She blamed her behavior on medication given to her by the party host and said she was staying the course.
In her statement Thursday, Broyles slammed Matthews and said her account was “falsely accusatory” but admitted she “made a mistake” by mixing alcohol and medication.
She went on to say that shortly after the incident became public knowledge, she “received countless disgusting messages, right-wing attacks on social media and death threats that caused me to not feel safe in my own home”.
On March 2, she said, she “tried to kill me,” although she provided no further details.
“For too long I’ve committed myself to being a great political figure and representative of the people of Oklahoma rather than taking time to work on the most important part – myself,” she said.
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741