Wilton Selectman Busted for Pot
Wilton is a small, wealthy Connecticut town. I’ve spent some time there and I’ve found it to be very soccer mom conservative. Seems like a great place to live, raise a family, have a fence and a dog… etc. Maybe a little boring, but fine. That’s why I was very surprised to learn that their Selectman, Edward “Ted” Hoffstatter was recently busted for pot possession.
It’s not like he was pulled over by a police cruiser and a cop spotted a baggie in his cup holder, he was caught “lighting an object in his mouth” while in the parking lot at the Ridgefield Playhouse earlier this month. Police determined that it was less than half an ounce of marijuana and he also was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released at the scene with a ticket for $286 dollars.
He released a statement saying ”I paid the ticket and I apologize for the indiscretion.”
I’m not really sure what to think about this. My initial reaction is, who cares? We had our President get oral sex in the oval office from an intern… and he’s still widely loved and respected. We’ve had politicians galore get caught with prostitutes… Connecticut has seen corruption, mafia ties, and so much more. Do we really care that this guy (allegedly) lit a bowl outside of a concert venue?
Well, yes. I’ll tell you why we should care. Not because he smokes pot. That I definitely don’t care about- What I care about is that he didn’t have the common sense not to smoke it in public. If you’ve ever been to the Ridgefield Playhouse (and if you haven’t, it’s a great, great venue) it’s not exactly “discreet”. It’s relatively well lit and heavily populated during their events. Why would a Selectman who has everything to lose take the chance to light up in a parking lot? It wasn’t 2am, it was 9pm. He rolled the dice and lost. If he values his commitment to the people of Wilton (and he should since he’s served them for three terms) then he would smoke his weed in the privacy of his own home.
I know we’re getting to the point in American history where marijuana will eventually be legal (and taxed like hell) but we’re not there yet. Call me old fashion, but I think when a person takes an oath to public office they should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us idiots. They’ve asked us to trust them with major decisions that will impact our lives- and if you don’t have the common sense to hide your drug use- that bothers me. I’m sure “Ted” is cool as hell. Or maybe he’s a prick. Who knows? But, the next time elections come around (and if I was a Wilton resident) I would take a closer look at his accomplishments in office. He’s simply lost credibility.
Now, I’m going to make a confession- I don’t normally read the comments on my articles (I’ve been called everything from a whore to a bitch- to the mastermind of an underground CT sex ring <— that was my favorite!) but I am genuinely interested in what people think about this. Am I right or am I wrong?
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