Jacob Sullum on Politicians Driven to Cocaine by Alcohol


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After he was busted for cocaine possession last month, Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) said, "I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice." Toronto Mayor Rob Ford likewise has blamed demon rum for driving him to crack. Senior Editor Jacob Sullum explains why it would be a mistake to accept this excuse.