This evening, the latest endorsement for Paul seems to add weight to their argument.
Thomas Ravenel, the former South Carolina state treasurer who shortly after being elected was convicted of drug charges, endorsed the Texas congressman earlier today.
In an email and facebook posting submitted on Dec. 30, Ravenel alluded to his drug conviction in his formal endorsement statement. “As a victim of a government’s costly ‘War on Drugs’ — I have first-hand knowledge of the failure of an inherently repressive system that’s based on the notion of protecting people from themselves.”
Elected to the state treasurer’s position in 2006, Ravenel was first indicted for cocaine possession with intent to distribute in June 2007, six months after assuming the office. After admitting regular use of many illegal narcotics, including marijuana, ecstasy and LSD, he was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.
Throughout his campaign, Paul has issued many statements – both directly and indirectly – that he finds drug enforcement to be fruitless, if not unconstitutional. In a previous campaign statement, he said “all drugs should be decriminalized. Drugs should be distributed by any adult to other adults.”
Paul is predicted to finish second behind Mitt Romney in the upcoming Jan. 3 Iowa caucus, the first in the primary series for the Republican presidential nomination.
At the time of his initial indictment, Ravenel was state chairman for former New York governor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign in South Carolina. He’d previously run for U.S. Senate in 2004, finishing third in the GOP primary race, and was fined $19,000 by the Federal Election Commission for failure to properly file election forms.
Earlier this month, Ravenel made national news for filing suit against his former fiancé.
The South Carolina Republican presidential primary is scheduled for Jan. 21.