County Commissioner Willie Gandara, Jr.:
In September, he said in a statement that drug legalization was a bad idea for the country in a story in the El Paso Times.
“Legalizing drugs is the coward practice of combating cartels, 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,” Gandara said.
Gandara said that he could not back former city Rep. Beto O’Rourke in his bid for Congress because O’Rourke had advocated the legalization of marijuana as a way of taking money from Mexican drug cartels.
“As a parent, it is common sense for me to support Congressman (Silvestre) Reyes who is against the legalization of drugs. Unfortunately, on (sic) this upcoming primary election we will have many wolves in sheep’s clothing running for office who are seeking election with an ulterior agenda to legalize drugs.”
Yep. That’s a hard-core prohibitionist, all right.
Yesterday, Willie Gandara was arrested on federal drug trafficking charges.
Ethan Nadelmann asks the interesting question:
Hypocrisy or self interest?