Pro-Legalization Challenger Beats Incumbent In Congressional Primary
Marijuana legalization supporter Beto O’Rourke has defeated prohibitionist eight-term Congressman Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary for Texas’s 16th Congressional district.
O’Rourke vocally supports marijuana legalization, while former Border Patrol official Reyes built his career on the War On Drugs.
The override vote failed, but the national conversation on legalization has only gotten louder and louder.
Now, O’Rourke is all but certain to be the next congressman from the heavily-Democratic district. His voice will fill the anti-prohibition void left by retiring Reps. Barney Frank, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich.
“It’s increasingly clear that the era of drug policy reform being a political third rail is over,” said Tom Angell, media relations director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). “Supporting clearly failed prohibition policies that cause so much crime, violence and corruption is becoming a political liability.”
It should be noted that LEAP, as a 501(c)(c) nonprofit organization, does not and cannot support or oppose candidates for elected office. “I’m only passing on this breaking news and commenting on the changing political dynamic surrounding drug policy reform issues,” Angell said.
Watch this anti-O’Rourke attack ad that Reyes put out focusing on the drug policy issue to see exactly what DOES NOT work in politics in 2012:
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