Mugshots are made at taxpayer expense and are therefore public records — a fact that anyone who serves in a high position should know.
Apparently, however, tea bagger Rep. Steve Stockman, who was soundly defeated on Tuesday in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas, does not know this. He has has threatened to sue anyone who publishes the mugshot from his 1977 drug arrest.
In 1977, a young man who would later serve in Congress was charged with possession of Valium in Madison Heights, Mich.
There is no clearer sign that the attacks on Mitt Romney’s contradictory statements on his tenure at Bain Capital are working — on whether he was in charge when the company off-shored thousands of jobs, as he suggested in sworn testimony in June 2002 or whether he “retroactively resigned” from the company after taking a leave of absence in 1999 — than the fact that GOP’s most listened-to propagandist offered Romney this advice on what to say to the president:
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Look, pal, when I was out creating jobs, investing in businesses, and growing this economy, you were at Columbia smoking weed and snorting coke.
This is rich coming from Limbaugh, who, just three years ago, reached a deal with prosecutors related to charges he purchased 2,0000 Oxycontin tablets over a six months period, a practice that may have been going on for years. It’s possible that Limbaugh’s voracious gobbling of opiates may have cost him his hearing.