Anti-Drug GOPer Caught Driving High
He once said Dems catered to gay, pot-loving immigrants
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2011 1:14 PM CDT
In this Feb. 9, 2010 file photo, Rhode Island House Minority Leader, State Rep. Robert Watson, R-East Greenwich, is seen during a session in the House Chamber at the Statehouse.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(Newser) – A Rhode Island Republican lawmaker who made a splash with some anti-drug comments a few months ago has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia, Raw Story reports. House Minority Leader Robert Watson drew gasps in February for saying that the state legislature had its priorities straight “if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smoke marijuana.”

Watson’s office confirmed yesterday that he’d been arrested in Connecticut (where he was reportedly helping a friend move), but today he issued a statement saying he intends to fight the charges. “While confident I was a safe and sober operator, trace evidence of marijuana was discovered, and I was charged with operating under the influence, a charge I vehemently deny,” Watson said, according to WPRI. The arresting officer reported smelling alcohol and marijuana when he pulled Watson over, but Watson’s breathalyzer test had him below the legal alcohol limit.

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Apr 26, 2011 12:55 AM CDT
Don't like you, I guess I don't like you either. The point is that this is another hippo-publican finger pointer. The only thing that makes this a story at all is the fact that like so many other repubbies before him, he points at democrats with his left hand while concealing a joint with his right. I could name about 30 more without doing much research, but a couple of the most sick examples are Limbaughs attacks on Clinton's marital problems and his pot smoking as a teen ager while running through one wife after another (and maybe boyfriends too) plus the fact that he was caught with enough oxycotyn to get the Florida gulf coast high. But since he makes $500 million per year, he didn't spend ONE DAY IN JAIL. Newt Gingrich is another "do as I say, not as I do" republican "family values" guy. He was ready to crucify Clinton for getting a BJ, while he was committing adultery with a terminally ill wife at home. I think his divorce count due to adultery stands at 3 now. Bill and Hillary have worked through their problems well enough to stay married.Throw in accusers Henry Hyde, Bob Livingston and about 6 others who were exposed adulterers thanks to Larry Flynt's million dollar rewards, we fount out that there were plenty of glass houses in the republican leadership. Sanford, Ensegn, Craig, Rev. Ted Haggard, Rev. Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed's involvement with Jack Abramoff's political bribes paid in behalf of the Koch brothers offshore casinos, prostitution business, and forced abortion clinics for the prostitutes is pretty much the icing on the republican "moral high ground" cake. Some "Christian Coalition" they are.
Apr 25, 2011 7:37 PM CDT
Hypocrisy is so endemic in the GOP that it's almost a non-story for me. But really, we do need to keep this in front of the voters due to their short attention span.
Apr 25, 2011 5:07 PM CDT
hey wally bubba clinton had as much to do with bank deregulation as bush and co.