Watson gets smoked out!

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RI Republican’s leadership position up in smoke after pot arrest

Feed him to the dogs. -UA

BY GABE NAJAR ⋅ MAY 3, 2011

RI House Minority Leader Robert Watson (R) has lost his leadership position Tuesday over a recent arrest in Connecticut on DUI and marijuana possession charges.

On Tuesday, house Republicans voted 6-2 for Rep. Brian Newberry of North Smithfield to replace Rep. Watson as Republican house leader.

Connecticut police arrested Watson last month after Watson failed sobriety tests at a police checkpoint.

The police also found marijuana and a pipe in his pocket.

Watson claims he wasn’t drunk and that he uses pot to treat pain from pancreatitis. Watson will keep his East Greenwich house seat.

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