Souder Zinged in Roll Call Piece, Accused of Ducking Debate With HEA Drug Provision Foes 1/18/02

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Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN) found yet another reason to regret sponsoring the increasingly controversial anti-drug provision of the Higher Education Act (HEA) this week, when Roll Call, the read-in-all-the-right-places trade daily for congressional affairs zapped him in a brief piece on Thursday. Running under the headline "Souder Taken to School?", the piece described the Fort Wayne drug warrior as "ducking a debate" with Students for Sensible Drug Policy ( national director Shawn Heller, whom it describes as "calling the lawmaker out" on whether the anti-drug provision should be repealed.

"I'll debate Mark Souder anywhere, anytime to set the record straight," Heller told Roll Call. Heller had decried a Souder comment about "whiny college reporters" made last year, in a statement distributed to the media by SSDP this week.

Sensing an opportunity to insert foot in mouth once again, Souder staff rejected Heller's challenge, but then went on to attack SSDP. "He's not going to debate them," Souder spokesman Seth Becker told Roll Call. "This is a fringe group. This is a group that is encouraging [drug use] that kills American men, women and children, and the Congressman will not debate them."

Rep. Souder's colleagues read Roll Call. They see what an angry, organized, and energetic opposition he has generated. They see him demeaned by their paper of record. And they see him once again making himself look the fool. They will remember, and Souder will remember.

Read about previous Souder madness in our archives:

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