CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A California Democratic Party official was hospitalized early Sunday morning, and another who allegedly falsely claimed to be a member of Congress was threatened with arrest in connection with a disturbance in the lobby of the delegation’s hotel.
The man who was hospitalized was seen being carried from a taxi into the Blake Hotel shortly before 2 a.m., when he either fell or was dropped in the lobby, leading hotel staff to grow concerned about a head injury. As he lay unconscious on the floor, hotel employees called 911, checked vital signs and stabilized his body until paramedics arrived, strapped him to a board and took him to a hospital by ambulance.
“Often times at conventions, people who have not seen each other for a long time gather and sometimes people have too much to drink,” said party spokesman Tenoch Flores. “That appears to have been the case here and we’re gathering more information.”
Information about the man’s condition was unavailable Sunday afternoon.
The other party official, also a delegate, tried to intervene when hotel staff called the paramedics, arguing that the unconscious man had merely had too much to drink and ought to be put to bed. When he tried to physically move the man’s body, hotel staff called the police.