For a change, an anti-gay conservative politician hasn’t been caught in a hypocritical gay relationship. However, this one is just about as bad.
New York Assemblyman Steve Katz, who opposes medical marijuana as part of the “struggle against illegal drug culture and the abuse of narcotics,” was stopped driving 80 MPH by an officer who noticed a slight marijuana odor in the car. Katz wasn’t charged with being under the influence, but he did turn over a bag of marijuana containing less than 25 grams. That amount is only a fine of $100 so Katz was allowed to go on his way with only his reputation in jeopardy.
Katz had an explanation or promised one eventually.
“In light of the unfortunate incident that occurred, I am compelled to address it briefly. First, I will not let this incident impede my public service and my calls for real mandate relief, a better economic climate and better services for those in need in New York. This should not overshadow the work I have done over the years for the public and my constituency. I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest.”
The facts are he was speeding and caught with pot. The work that might be overshadowed is his efforts to keep medical marijuana out of the hands of people who are suffering from illnesses.
Ironically, Katz sits on the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. He probably has that as his excuse. He was transporting it for his work as a legislator or something. Or maybe it is the stress of lying about being anti-drug while secretly toking on the side. The stress has got to heavy for living like that.
Katz has had some minor run-ins with the law in the past from his profession as a veterinarian. He has been arrested twice before. Once with illegally disposing of a dead German shepherd. The other time was when he was alleged to have attacked a Chihuahua that he was treating. Katz was not convicted in either case.
Katz was questioned after his arrest by a reporter who suggested that voters might draw their own conclusions about his arrest and his lack of a thorough explanation. Katz responded, “That’s exactly what I want them to do.”
That conclusion is easy. He’s a hypocrite.