White Pursues Drug Post 

  White Pursues Drug Post 

Posted by FoM on January 12, 2001 at 06:49:47 PT
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Source: Albuquerque Journal 

Darren White, who quit as New Mexico's Department of Public Safety secretary in a clash with Gov. Gary Johnson's crusade to legalize drugs such as marijuana, wants to be the nation's drug czar under President-elect Bush.  White, 37, has applied to be Drug Enforcement Administration administrator or director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
  "I've always thoroughly enjoyed public service, and I still see it as the highest calling," White, a reporter for KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, said Thursday.  "After discussing it with my wife, I went ahead and submitted the necessary paperwork" about a month ago, he said.  In 1995, Johnson appointed White as secretary of the state Department of Public Safety, which also meant White served as New Mexico's drug czar.  White quit in 1999, saying Johnson's stance on drugs was hurting police officer credibility and morale.  Johnson spokeswoman Diane Kinderwater said Thursday she did not think the governor had heard White had applied to be the nation's drug czar.  Kinderwater said Johnson wants a national drug czar who is "an open-minded person who believes in a common-sense approach" to drug policy.  White is banking on his law enforcement background and his stint as New Mexico's drug czar to bolster his chances for the federal jobs.  After leaving the U.S. Army in 1985 as a member the 82nd Airborne Division, White was an officer with the Houston Police Department from 1986 to 1987.  In 1987, he joined the Albuquerque Police Department and was promoted to sergeant before his appointment to the state job.  Barry McCaffrey has been director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Clinton administration. Clinton's DEA administrator has been Donnie Marshall.Source: Albuquerque Journal (NM)Published: Friday, January 12, 2001 Copyright: 2001 Albuquerque JournalAddress: P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103Contact: opinion abqjournal.comWebsite: Articles:  Activist Suggests Johnson for Drug Czar Right Stuff - Arianna Huffington Quits, Cites Drug Issue

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Comment #5 posted by dddd on January 13, 2001 at 20:22:37 PT
 Perhaps you would care to elaborate on what you mean by being "oddly pleased".I like the sound of the phrase;"oddly pleased",but I'm curious as to what you meant.......................................................dddd
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Comment #4 posted by Dustin on January 13, 2001 at 19:25:18 PT
im oddly pleased
Yup this guy is looking for job security for sure, he'll get his no doubt about it.
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Comment #3 posted by dddd on January 12, 2001 at 15:49:12 PT

So I was thinkin',how could the new drug czar be any worse than barry?....well I'll tell you.If you thought barry was bad,wait'll ya get a load of bill mccollum.If you've never heard of him,then your in for a treat.He makes leshner look balanced,he makes mcdonough look sane,he makes weiner look reasonable.McCollum is an antis anti.What a nightymare.............dddd
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 12, 2001 at 12:16:29 PT

News Brief from The Washington Times
Stay The Course Source: Washington Times (DC)Published: January 12, 2001Copyright: 2001 News World Communications, Inc.Contact: letters washtimes.comWebsite:   Concerned that President-elect George W. Bush will "drop" the Cabinet-level status of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), eight high-ranking members of Congress have appealed to Mr. Bush to "re-energize" the commitment to fighting the national drug epidemic.   "We believe that any downgrade of the drug czar position below Cabinet status at the outset of your administration would be a political misstep," says the letter, obtained yesterday by Inside the Beltway and signed by Republican Reps. John L. Mica of Florida, chairman of the House Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee and co-chairman of the Speaker's Working Group for a Drug Free America; Dan Burton of Indiana, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee; Cass Ballenger of North Carolina, vice chairman of the International Relations Western Hemisphere subcommittee; and Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, past chairman of the House International Relations Committee.   "Early on, President Clinton's misguided efforts to severely reduce the ONDCP staff was met with strong public and congressional condemnation and eventually reversed," say the congressmen, who tell Mr. Bush they want a "nationally prominent figure" appointed as drug czar.   Leading contender for the post, we're told: former Florida Rep. Bill McCollum.
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Comment #1 posted by Morgan on January 12, 2001 at 11:33:44 PT

This boy is a joke. When he resigned in protest of Governor Johnson's stance on Drugs, most everybody here in New Mexico said "Bye! Don't let the door hit your ass on your way out." (except for a few cops and DAs.)He presently works as a 'crime' reporter for a local TV news station, breathlessly 'reporting' on every drug bust and shooting ("authorities say drugs may have been involved") that are given the most attention in order to keep the public scared and give more money to the DA's office to protect our children. In other words, just another ignorant prohabitionist hack.Hell, make this putz Drug Czar and throw gasoline on the fire of the coming revolution. Let's get it on. *************************************************
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