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Roger Stone Claims He Fired John Kasich from ’76 Reagan Campaign for Selling Pot

At Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican presidential debate, Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich answered a question on marijuana legalization by saying, “Sending kids mixed signals about drugs is a disaster.” Following Kasich’s comment, former Donald Trump campaign adviser and Republican strategist Roger Stone issued a tweet calling the answer hypocritical and claiming that he once fired Kasich from Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign for selling marijuana to field reps.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/659546046771519488

Kasich’s campaign denied Stone’s claim and told reporters to check with political consultant Charlie Black, who also reportedly worked on Ronald Reagan’s 1976 campaign. Charlie Black told Cleveland.com that he had been Kasich’s supervisor in ’76, rather than Stone, and said Kasich “was very diligent” while campaigning for Reagan.

This is the first time I ever heard anyone mention drugs in connection with John Kasich. He was not fired. He certainly was not fired for drugs,” said Black.

[RELATED: Ohio Recreational Pot Legalization Initiative Qualifies for Nov. 2015 Ballot]

Kasich reportedly responded to the claim himself in comments to BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray and said, “Look, it’s Roger Stone. He’s nuts.

Roger Stone issued another tweet on Thursday morning, seen below, responding to Black’s denial of his claim.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/659749151018586112

Stone, who has worked in high-level positions on several Republican presidential campaigns and who has been referred to as a “legendary political hitman” according to his own website, has a history of making statements that spark controversy.

[RELATED: Geraldo Threatens to Fight Trump Adviser Over Racial Tweets]

Governor Kasich, whose state of Ohio is currently considering a referendum that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, is a vocal opponent of pot legalization. MLive.com notes that he called legalization a “terrible idea” and said of the ballot initiative, “So some drugs are okay but others aren’t? We’ve got kids. Why don’t we just say don’t do drugs, period.

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Geraldo Threatens to Fight Trump Adviser Over Racial Tweets

A Twitter flame war erupted between Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera and paid Donald Trump 2016 campaign adviser Roger Stone yesterday after Rivera called for Trump to fire Stone over his racially-charged tweets calling journalists Roland Martin and Ana Navarro “quota hires.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/625886718261071873

The above-embedded July 27 tweet was noticed by Roland Martin this week, who responded, calling Stone “despicable.” On Wednesday morning, Geraldo replied to a Mediaite Twitter posting of an article about the back-and-forth between Stone and Martin and called for Trump to fire Stone.

Stone then blasted back at Rivera, calling him a “hack.” Rivera responded by threatening to fight Stone, who sometimes appears as a guest on Fox News, next time they bump into each other.

For the sake of context, Stone, a Republican opposition researcher and political strategist, also authored the book The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ. During yesterday’s Twitter feud, Stone accused Rivera of selling out in his reporting on the John F. Kennedy assassination.

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Mediaite pointed out the fact that Stone also issued a tweet implying that there is more to the story behind a nude, topless selfie that Rivera posted on Twitter in 2013.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/628999280825647104

Today, Stone commented on Rivera’s threat, claiming to have a “mean right hook” and that he out-weighs the well-known television personality by 70 pounds.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/629331337267298309

[RELATED: During Fox News Segment on Trump, Geraldo Tells Bolling, “I’d Knock You Out Right Now”]

Vox’s Andrew Prokop, who said that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign messaging sounds like the type of divisive rhetoric for which Stone is known, wrote, “Stone, a Nixon aide who later had the former president’s face tattooed on his back, has long been known for both his hardball tactics as a GOP operative, and the pride he takes in them. He’s been called a ‘legendary political hit man’ and ‘the undisputed master of the black arts of electioneering’ — and that’s according to quotes he put on his own website.”

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