Connecticut Politicians Settle Argument With A Drug Test

A war of words over a budget disagreement between two Bridgeport, Connecticut, politicians led to a urine test to prove neither of them was under the influence of drugs.

City Councilman Ernest Newton and school board member Maria Pereira traded barbs over Bridgeport Mayor Joe Gamin's budget figures.

Newton reported told Pereira to "Please remember to take your meds," after questioning the Board of Education's 2019-20 budget figures.

Pereira shot back, "Ernie, I promise I will continue to take any and all prescribed medications. In turn please ensure you take anything you need that may have to be swallowed, snorted, inhaled or injected."

After a short back and forth with more personal insults, the two agreed to take a drug test which both passed.

Newton, who according to an article published in the New York Post, served 5 years in prison on a federal corruption charge and once struggled with a crack addiction said of Pereira, "This is a board of education member challenging a black elected official, she would not have challenged a white person."

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