I got an email tip from a reader and I was ready to defend this guy, even laud the guy, until I saw what he hired the addicts to do…
Josh Rales, a Democratic candidate for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat, paid a drug-treatment center in Baltimore to drive its recovering addicts to last week’s debate in College Park, where they held signs supporting his campaign.
About 20 patients from the I Can’t, We Can (ICWC) drug-treatment and counseling center in northwest Baltimore attended the debate, said Adrian Harpool, president of the 21st Century Group, a Baltimore public-relations firm hired by the Rales campaign to recruit volunteers.
“It’s not something that happens on a regular basis,” Mr. Harpool said, adding that the recovering addicts were unpaid volunteers who were to help post signs but ended up holding the placards. “It was a real error in judgment on my part.”
The kicker is the addicts didn’t even get any of the money. If they are going to whore out the addicts they could at least give them a few bucks.
Hiring addicts is a laudable cause. What Josh Rales should do is offer to pay the addicts to help clean up after the rally… Or something that helps them recover. Not use them as a rent-a-mob. And THEY should get the money (or some benfit from their labor) not the counseling center who apparently uses them as free labor.