Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano, who is running in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, described her history of drug use in a yearslong series of blog posts that are getting renewed attention this week.
In the posts on Inside Higher Ed between July 2010 and September 2017, Miltrano discussed her use of marijuana and cocaine as a teenager, N.Y. State of Politics uncovered and shared Tuesday.
“I never liked it [marijuana] very much, but on occasion, just to be social, I would try it again from time to time,” Miltrano wrote in a December 2014 piece. “Powder cocaine was more my thing.”
A separate post published in April 2016 again reference the drug use, where Miltrano claimed that she wasn’t a “prude.”
“Let it be know that I am no prude … I tried marijuana when I was 15. I snorted powered [sic] cocaine in college,” Mitrano wrote. “I drink more than the daily recommended allotment for women of one ounce of alcohol a day. But I am also deeply sickened by watching generation after generation of young people lost to drug abuse.”
On Monday night, Miltrano appeared on Capital Tonight and discussed the old blog posts.
“One of my posts made reference to a time almost forty years ago in the late 1970s when, as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, I experimented with cannabis and powder cocaine,” Miltrano conceded. “I felt that my perspective could add to an understanding of the breadth of the problem we new face as one of the most serious in our country today.”
Miltrano added that losing three people with whom she was close to drug overdoses gave her insight into the personal and social aspects of illegal drug use and the opioid epidemic.
In January of this year, Miltrano said she believes supervised drug injection site policies for addicts is an “appropriate” way to address some of the issues surrounding the crisis.
“I don’t think we should punishing the people who have fallen prey to what various aspects of this society has put them into a situation where they find themselves in these places.” Miltrano said in a radio interview. “Punishing them has proven to be a policy that does not work.”
Milano is running against incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., in the November midterm elections.