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Stickland remarks on pot, rape irresponsible

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford Star-Telegram

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, who wants to hold on to his Hurst-Euless-Bedford-area House seat, is in social media hot water over way-less-than-discreet comments found under his name on, well, social media.

He has deflected the criticism with apologies, which might work with his Tea Party base but could make more moderate H-E-B Republicans support his primary challenger, Bedford pastor Scott Fisher.

Stickland’s alleged transgressions are political offenses. He is not charged with any crime.

The first was Internet postings from 2001 and 2002 seeking advice on how to grow marijuana at home and looking for someone with whom to “smoke da green.”

That was a good 10 years before Stickland was elected to the House. He can say he was young and stupid (he was 17).

Second, from 2008 (he was 25), was this egregious comment: “Rape is non existent in marriage, take what you want my friend.”

That one doesn’t work at any age.

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