Kline called the volunteer's personal belief a "wacky, extremely liberal position".
We're shocked that Kline apparently forgot to check in with his own party on this one. He's usually very good about toeing the party line. His own party website apparently endorses a conservative think tank's "wacky, extremely liberal position" that also proposes decriminalizing drugs.
The link to the Cato institute will take you to its Handbook for the 108th Congress. It makes the following recommendation about the "war on drugs"
Congress shouldThe long federal experiment in prohibition of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs has given us crime and corruption combined with a manifest failure to stop the use of drugs or reduce their availability to children.
● repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970,
● repeal the federal mandatory minimum sentences and the mandatory sentencing guidelines,
● direct the administration not to interfere with the implementation of state initiatives that allow for the medical use of marijuana,
● shut down the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Source: Kato Institute (via the GOP 2nd District Website)
If one buys the argument that one unpaid volunteer's personal opinion must reflect the candidate's beliefs, then certainly a conservative funded think tank must reflect the opinion of the party and the candidates that support it.
The truth is both arguments are folly. The truth is John Kline will grasp at anything he can to sling mud at his opponent. He'll spend thousands for glossy attack ads but spend zero time talking about his record on the Iraq occupation and how he supports President Bush's positions more often than nearly any other Congressman.
If John Kline wants to see something "wacky" and "extreme" he should just look in the mirror.