DCCC Deletes Tweet Attacking GOP Rep for Pro-Marijuana Stance After LA Times Op-Ed Calls Dems Out

Washington Free Beacon | 7/12/2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee promptly deleted a tweet on Thursday attacking a Republican congressman's "cult-like fixation on marijuana" after a Los Angeles Times op-ed scolded the DCCC for launching its attack when Democrats "broadly support marijuana legalization."

DCCC - Monday - Rep - Dana - Rohrabacher

The DCCC on Monday targeted Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R.), who has served in the House of Representatives since 1989, in his reelection bid in California's 48th congressional district against Democrat Harley Rouda.

"#CA48 GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher hasn't passed a bill in 14 years and has a ‘cult-like fixation on marijuana and his unwavering defense of Vladimir Putin,'" the DCCC tweeted from its official account.

Days - Tom - Angell - Reporter - Editor

Three days later, Tom Angell, a reporter and editor for the news site Marijuana Moment, penned an op-ed in the Times in which he castigated the DCCC, the campaign arm of House Democrats, for targeting Rohrabacher over his stance supporting cannabis reform.

"Why is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—the entity charged with winning back control of the U.S. House—attacking a Republican congressman over his support for marijuana reform?" Angell asked. "Surely the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee isn't trying to send the message to voters that President Trump, who announced his support last month for cannabis legislation filed by [Sen. Cory] Gardner (R., Colo.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), is more progressive on marijuana than a leading Democratic political organization?"

Leaders - Look - Mirror - Members - Legalization

"Democratic leaders need to take a look in the mirror and recognize that their own members broadly support marijuana legalization," Angell wrote. "And then they need to look at the polls and realize that attacking Republicans for supporting cannabis reform is a great way to remain the minority party."

Angell said there are many issues for which the DCCC could have...
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