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Drug Trafficker Hosts Romney Fundraiser

The Republican candidate's camp refuses to say whether this was a subtle way of signaling an astonishing policy shift.


Romney speaking at El Palacio de los Jugos.
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By May Wilkerson


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Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney may have little desire to be known as "soft on drugs"—but his chosen venue for a campaign event last night could send a different message. The politician known for dodging questions on drug policy held a fundraiser in a juice shop in Miami that happens to belong to a convicted Colombian cocaine trafficker named Reinaldo Bermudez. Court records show that Bermudez served three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1999. He now owns El Palacio de los Jugos, where Romney, along with Senator Marco Rubio, handed out beverages to a juiced-up crowd of supporters while filming a campaign ad. "Here in Miami there are a lot people with money who have had problems with the law," says Bermudez. "Thankfully, we all have the opportunity in this country to re-enter society when we've done something wrong." The Romney campaign has declined to comment.

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