Poll: Should Rep. Bob Watson Resign?

The former House Minority leader was arrested Saturday for marijuana possession, his second arrest in less than a year.

State Rep. Bob Watson was arrested Saturday in South Kingstown for possession of marijuana, his second such arrest in less than a year.

Watson, a Republican from East Greenwich,"appeared highly intoxicated" and was slurring his words, according to a police report, when officers encountered him just before midnight at Washington County Veterinary Hospital in South Kingstown. The representative had apparenly collided with a snow bank, and his car was missing its front, driver's side tire. Officers saw a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana in his car, according to the report, and also allegedly found a plastic bag containing the substance.

In April 2011, Watson was charged in New Haven, CT, with possession and driving under the influence. He later admitted to having marijuana in his vehicle, though denied driving drunk.

After his first arrest, the former House Minority Leader — who was a vocal critic of the state's efforts to legalize medicinal marijuana — was stripped of his title, and some called for his resignation. After his latest brush with the law, is it time for Watson to go?

J. Lane McMahon January 26, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Never confuse "innocent" with "Not guilty"......O.J. Simpson was "Not Guilty".
Arthur Dolloff January 30, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Debbie, What about all the prescription drug users that fail to heed the warnings about operating equipment or driving????
Pop Veguilla January 30, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I can't believe that we, the people, are still going back and forth with this "clown"? Sure he is INNOCENT until proven GUILTY? Sure he needs to get the correct help? And, sure he might FIGHT (whether sober or not) for his constituency! BUT, the question here is should HE...he himself....RESIGN? If I was him...I WOULD.(period)
Gerry Jones January 31, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Pop, you are right on. How can he fight for his constituents with this hanging over his head? My rep is in the same boat and he hasn't done the right thing either. It appears to more about them than us.
Spring Street March 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
RHODE ISLAND'S CORRUPTION REPORT CARD ! Go to Projo for full story ! www.stateintegrity.org/rhode_island


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