In The Spirit of Election Year… 9 Politicians that Declared War on Drugs; then Got Wasted!
Well, here we are again, we are almost 365 days away from our next “Leader of the Free World” and President of the United States of America. So in the spirit of election year, we will take a look at 9 high-profile politicians who are in desperate need of a sober coach and definitely did NOT practice what they preached!
Because of the abundance of chemically altered candidates we will split this blog post into a 2 part series. Today we will look at politicians 1-4. I bet you thought we’d start with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Well, no, he is deserving of an entire blog post all to himself!
Let’s start with a politician from a very conservative state. Texas County Commissioner Willie Gandara, Jr. Just months after declaring that the legalization of marijuana was bad for America, Mr. Gandara was busted for Drug Trafficking. Looks like there was some extreme financial motivation for his view on legalizing marijuana! DEA spokesman Diana Apodaca confirmed that the arrest was part of a multi-agency investigation involving the IRS and the FBI. Back in September 2011, Gandara had said he couldn’t possibly back former El Paso Rep. Beto O’Rourke in his congressional bid because O’Rourke had advocated legalizing marijuana to take money away from Mexican cartels. “Legalizing drugs is the coward practice of combating cartels,” said Gandara. “It is an insult to our men and women in law enforcement, and the laziest form of parenting our children and youth about the effects of drugs.” He was sentenced to 6 years in Federal Prison. It’s gonna be tough to follow that “headliner”, but next lets mix a little religion with politics.
Number 2 on the list is Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Senator Crapo, who is a self claimed Mormon who is on a personal warpath against meth in his state and also a self-proclaimed “teetotal” or a person who NEVER drinks alcohol, was arrested in Arlington, Virginia last December. After he was brought to jail, his blood alcohol was recorded at 0.14—nearly double the legal limit of 0.08. He later told CBS that after drinking vodka with tonic water, he took a drive to “try and wind down” and was pulled over by police on his way home. He also acknowledged “on occasion having alcoholic drinks in my apartment” and apologized to his family, his constituents and his fellow Mormons for his “poor choice.” After pleading guilty to DUI, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail, all of them suspended. He also paid $250 in fines and court fees, had his driver’s license suspended for 12 months and was required to take a DUI course.
Next, lets look at South Carolina State Representative Ted Vick. He was arrested after being spotted “staggering side to side” and “struggling to maintain his balance” around the House of Representatives parking garage, before trying to drive away. A nearby cop witnessed the lawmaker “having trouble driving a straight line” and running over a flex cone. Vick refused a breathalyzer, although the officer noted “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on his breath. The politician maintains he’d only had two glasses of wine and that his swerving was actually caused by “a rock” in his shoe. The married father of two was also arrested for DUI and unlawful possession of a gun back in May 2012; there was a 21-year-old college girl in the passenger seat that time.
The final “candidate” for today, number 4 on the list is New York Assemblyman Steve Katz. Talk about practicing the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you preach, Mr. Katz has been extremely outspoken against the use and legalization of marijuana and then was arrested for marijuana possession himself. The Republican was pulled over for speeding by a state trooper, who smelled marijuana in Katz’s car. Katz was obliged to turn over a small bag of weed. He called the arrest “an unfortunate incident,” but declared that he would not let it “impede my public service and my calls for real mandate relief, a better economic climate and better services for those in need in New York.” He’d previously been arrested for a DUI back in 2000. His challenger in the Republican primary, Dario Gristina, called for him to step down: “This is not the behavior you would expect from an elected official,” she said, “especially from a conservative county like ours. We have enough kids abusing drugs, and the last thing we need is for our elected representative being caught handing marijuana over to a police officer.”
As we stated in a blog recently, politicians are usually the last group of people and professionals who will seek help such as a sober coach like we offer here at www.theaddictionscoach.com This is counterproductive to our society, due to the high volume of those in need of help running our communities, states and country.