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Senate hopeful admits trying marijuana

September 25, 2003


Add Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Rauschenberger to the list of politicians who say they've tried marijuana.

The state senator from Elgin acknowledged Wednesday at a Statehouse news conference that he twice smoked the illegal drug while he was a student at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Rauschenberger says he didn't do it again but does think he inhaled.

''I was a cigarette smoker at the time,'' Rauschenberger said. ''I'm certain I had that reflex.''

Rauschenberger announced Tuesday he is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald next year. Rauschenberger has served in the state Senate since 1993 and is the GOP budget negotiator in that chamber.

He says his legislative experience makes him a strong candidate and any mistakes he's made as a person -- including a 1994 drunken driving conviction -- shouldn't prevent him from seeking the office. AP





 
 












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