Feuding Politicians Challenge Each Other To Drug Tests In 'Pissing Contest'

By Lindsey Weedston 04/30/19

An online squabble turned ugly when allegations of drug use were brought up.

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A literal "pissing contest." Robert Kneschke | Dreamstime.com

Two U.S. politicians got into an argument in the comments section of a political blog and ended up challenging each other to drug tests in what some are calling a literal pissing contest.

Bridgeport City Councilman Ernest Newton and Board of Education member Maria Pereira, both Connecticut Democrats, began the argument about budget figures in the comments of the local blog Only in Bridgeport (OIB) before it started turning ugly.

The internet fight turned to the topic of drugs when Newton took a shot at Pereira’s mental health. “Please remember to take your med”s [sic],” he wrote. Pereira turned the thinly veiled insult around by going after Newton’s history of addiction.

“Ernie, I promise I will continue to take any and all prescribed medicine,” she replied. “In turn, please ensure you take anything you need that may have to be swallowed, snorted, inhaled, or injected.”

In 1997, Newton confessed to his fellow legislators in the Connecticut General Assembly that he had been through rehab for his addiction to crack cocaine. The disorder was active in Newton’s life for four years while he served as a Connecticut state congressman.

In the online argument, Newton hit back by accusing Pereira of overdosing on some kind of medication, landing her in a psychiatric ward. Pereira vehemently denied these claims and issued a challenge.

“I’ll tell you what, Ernie,” she wrote. “I will gladly pay for both you and I to take a drug test with the understanding the results, whatever they may be, will be released to OIB. I have absolutely nothing to worry about. Will you agree to take a drug test I pay for on the condition the results are released to OIB?”

Newton did agree, telling her to name the time and place. Pereira named the local AFC Urgent Care as the place for an observed 10-panel urine drug test.

Both Newton’s and Pereira’s results came back negative.

The test results did not put an end to the feud, however.

Pereira accused Newton of faking his results when he posted that they came back negative in the comments rather than submitting a photo of the results to Only in Bridgeport like she had wanted. Newton then questioned why Pereira’s results took longer than his to come back and accused her of foul play. He also accused her of racism, saying that she “wouldn’t have challenged a white person” to a drug test contest and that she’s “just like Donald Trump.”

The online fight apparently ended on April 15 after citizen commenters began questioning why the two were engaging in an unproductive fight, with one calling it “embarrassing to the city.”

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at NotSorryFeminism.com. Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyWeedston

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