During Wednesday’s Republican debate, Ohio Governor John Kasich presented himself as the guy who’s toughest on drugs; yes, he’s more serious about prolonging the war on drugs than anyone else. Unlike some people up there — see Rand Paul, for instance — he believes drugs are bad and have to stay illegal.
Shortly after he made these statements, former Reagan campaign operative Roger Stone took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Kasich’s stance. His response was shocking: he accused Kasich of being kicked off Reagan’s campaign because he was accused of selling marijuana to fellow foot soldiers.
Hypocrisy ? I fired John Kasich from the 1976 Reagan Campaign … For selling pot to other field men
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 29, 2015
Last Thursday — the day after the debate — Stone appeared on Dana Loesch’s radio show where he repeated his claim. He explained that — as a libertarian — he’s actually in favor of the legalization of marijuana, but that’s beside the point. He is, Stone said, just shocked by Kasich’s “hypocrisy”: the Ohio governor pretends to be the drug fighter par excellence while he was actually a (minor) drug dealer himself back in the day.
“It is a stone-cold fact,” Stone said, “that I dismissed him from our field operation because of complaints that he was selling pot to other field men. I don’t really care whether he used pot — I really don’t. My issue here is the hypocrisy.”
He went on to say that “the drug war has been an … abysmal failure. It hasn’t worked…. I called John Kasich’s bluff. He’s a hypocrite.”
Stone is known to be a hard-hitting campaign operative and fervent supporter of Donald Trump, who also attacked Kasich during Wednesday’s Republican debate. Although Trump didn’t say anything about Kasich’s past drug use — or dealing — he did lash out at the Ohio governor and potential establishment favorite for being “lucky” with “fracking,” saying pure chance is the only reason Ohio’s doing so well now.