A US House candidate in Oklahoma has apologised after reports that she became intoxicated at a Valentine’s Day weekend sleepover for 12-and 13-year-old girls, berated several of the children and vomited in a hamper.
Democrat Abby Broyles (32), told television station KFOR that she had an adverse reaction after drinking wine and taking sleep medication.
“Instead of helping me sleep, I hallucinated,” Ms Broyles told the station in a televised interview. “And I don’t remember anything until I woke up or came to, and I was throwing up in a hamper.”
She said she was invited to the slumber party by a friend from law school who was the mother of one of the girls.
Parents and at least one of the girls who were at the sleepover told the online news outlet NonDoc, which first reported the story, that Ms Broyles used profanity and berated several of the girls at the party, commenting on one girl’s acne and another’s Hispanic ethnicity.
The parent of one of the girls, Sarah Matthews, tweeted last week that she was disappointed that Ms Broyles had not reached out to the girls to apologise.
“For someone who pontificates to be undyingly pro woman, I am disgusted by your behaviour and find it appalling you couldn’t understand why their parents are angry,” Ms Matthews wrote.
Ms Broyles, who initially denied to NonDoc that she had attended the party, apologised last week during her interview with KFOR, a news channel for which she used to work as a journalist.
“I want to say sorry from the bottom of my heart. I apologise for any hurt or damage or trauma that my behaviour, when I didn’t know what I was doing, caused,” Ms Broyles said. “I’m deeply sorry.”
In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Ms Broyles said she does not believe she would have said the things she is accused of saying and has no plans to drop out of the race.
“The things I’m accused to have said are not who I am. They’re not a reflection of my beliefs at all,” Ms Broyles said. “It’s clear this media smear campaign is politically backed, and I won’t stop fighting for Oklahomans.”
Ms Broyles announced last year that she planned to run against Republican Stephanie Bice for the 5th Congressional District that includes Oklahoma City.