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Thursday, March 11, 2004
A Far Cry from “I Didn’t Inhale”

By Steven Taylor @ 8:30 pm

Hull concedes he took cocaine in early ’80s

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Blair Hull acknowledged Wednesday he used cocaine and marijuana until the early 1980s and had twice sought evaluation for alcohol abuse.

[…]

Hull held the lead in public opinion polls in the Democratic contest only weeks ago until his campaign was damaged over recent disclosures that he was accused of verbally and physically abusing an ex-wife during a 1998 divorce.

[…]

Later, he said he used cocaine “occasionally” but stopped in the early 1980s, the same time he also said he stopped smoking marijuana. A few years before that, Hull said, he had sought treatment for alcoholism. In 1985, he said, he sought a second round of alcohol abuse treatment, adding that doctors concluded at the time he did not have a drinking problem.

Indeed, the primaries on both sides for the Illinois Senate seat have been somewhat tawdry:

Meanwhile, the Republican Senate contest veered sharply away from issues and toward the gutter as frontrunner Jack Ryan claimed to be the victim of a “smear campaign” after rival John Borling shopped vague statements about being privy to embarrassing information regarding Ryan’s 1999 divorce.

[…]

In a statement Borling offered, unsolicited, to reporters, he claimed to have come to know details of things in the sealed files that could jeopardize Ryan’s electability if they became public.

Then, saying he found “this matter distasteful,” Borling declined to elaborate on what he was suggesting.

And while I suppose it would be cool to have a Senator Jack Ryan, I have to wonder about a guy who let Seven of Nine get away.

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2 Comments»

  1. My understanding of the matter is that Ms. Ryan was banging one of the producers of Voyager (I want to say it was Brannon Braga); heck, if I’d been cuckolded like that I’d probably want to keep that out of the public record… particularly when you consider the caliber of geeks that the Voyager producers are.

    Comment by Chris Lawrence — Thursday, March 11, 2004 @ 8:50 pm

  2. If you’re interested in the Illinois Senate race, you can hear interviews with the candidates at http://CollectiveInterest.net.

    Sebastian and I asked about al Qaeda, the “War on Terrorism", WTO/NAFTA/the economy, election reform, ethnicity and Social Security.

    Ryan was among the candidates granting an interview. Hull wasn’t.

    Comment by Carl Nyberg — Thursday, March 11, 2004 @ 9:17 pm

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