by David Downs
Leading national drug warrior and now-former Congressman Mark Souder resigned today after he admitted to having sex with his office temp. Souder is infamous for championing insanely dickish laws like denying federal financial aid for college kids who get a pot ticket. More cosmic irony after the jump:
According to prominent drug war reporter Ryan Grim:
Souder's drug-war passion fueled his rise to the chairmanship of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, which had jurisdiction over domestic and international anti-drug efforts and had oversight of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, otherwise known as the drug czar's office.
Souder was chairman of that subcommittee between 2001 and 2007. During those years, nearly 200,000 students were denied college aid for drug violations, according to data unearthed by a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), a longtime nemesis of Souder. (Here's Souder complaining the student group "harassed" him in his home district.) In Souder's own state, 8,903 students were denied aid during that time.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition's Tom Angell told Grim:
"Personally, I really don't care what Mark Souder does in his private time ... But now that he's made a big mistake of his own, I hope he'll begin working to undo the harsh drug laws he has championed and that have prevented people from moving on with their lives after making mistakes. I'm sure that the more than 200,000 students who have lost college aid under Souder's Higher Education Act drug penalty would be glad to have his lobbying help now that he'll have some more free time."
You can even watch the pro-abstinence video Souder made - with his mistress. That, sir, takes balls.
Correction: An earlier version of this post erroneously stated that Mark Souder's first name is David.