Yesterday, a small, conservative Colorado weekly print newspaper published a shocking interview with Bob Schaffer about a 1982 arrest and conviction:
It's 1982 in Dayton, Ohio. A crew cut Bob Schaffer, in his early 20s, is driving when he's pulled over by a police officer. Something's askew. The officer searches his car. Schaffer is arrested for possession of marijuana.
Now a 45-year-old Republican candidate for the US Senate, Schaffer recounts the episode during a recent interview in his office.
Shaking her head, his spokeswoman, says she sensed she should have cut off the interview earlier.
"No, no," says Schaffer, waving his hand to dismiss her, who interjects that she was only kidding. "It's out. It's in the record. ... As George Bush put it, "When I was young and reckless, I was young and reckless.'"
The Fort Collins Republican says that his car was seized, and he spent a year on probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.
We are actually surprised that this story hasn't made it to the big papers. Colorado Confidential hasn't mentioned it. ProgressNowAction isn't conducting a poll demanding that Schaffer withdraw from the race. There are no ColoradoPols diary entries. Lynn Bartels hasn't gotten a juicy quote from Michael Huttner.
We will be the first. We call on Bob Schaffer to withdraw from the race for US Senate and allow a candidate who can win to run. Need more information?