A flyer paid for by Idaho's biggest business lobby says Republican challenger Maurice Clements "crossed the line" in advocating decriminalization of marijuana.
"Maurice Clements...and his liberal pipe dream," says the
slick over-sized post card paid for by the Idaho Prosperity Fund, the campaign arm of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. The mailing arrived in Canyon County mailboxes Saturday.
"Maurice Clements thinks that carrying and using illegal drugs like marijuana shouldn't be punished," says the flyer. "Seriously? Why else would he have argued for letting drug abusers off scot-free?
"That kind of liberal thinking won't create jobs in Canyon County. Clearly, electing Maurice Clements again would be a bad trip."
Clements, of Nampa, is a former House member challenging Sen. Patti Ann Lodge of Huston in Tuesday's Republican primary.
At a March forum on plans for a new Canyon County Jail, the Idaho Press-Tribune paraphrased Clements, saying he said "overpopulation in the criminal justice system is due largely to national drug policy. He argued for modification or repeal of at least some drug laws, starting with decriminalization of marijuana."
The mailer was sent by the business group independent of the Lodge campaign.
Clements issued this statement Monday afternoon:
"This mailer is outrageous. I have never condoned the use of marijuana. I strongly support drug testing for welfare recipients. My point was merely that our 'War On Drugs' is failing.
"The true issue of the campaign is Lodge’s voting record. which is much more liberal than most realize. This is the first time she has been seriously challenged by a respected conservative and she doesn’t like it. This mailer is merely an attempt to distract voters from the real issue, her liberal voting record."
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