by Matt Simon
December 21, 2007
Clayton Holton was scheduled to receive a visit from Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich Tuesday morning at his residence, the Riverside Rest Home in Dover, NH. At 22, Clayton is the youngest person ever admitted into a retirement home in New Hampshire, and Kucinich wanted to hear his story.
Unfortunately, Kucinich had to race back to Washington to vote against continued funding for the war in Iraq, so his wife Elizabeth came instead. Did Clayton, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, mind the substitution?
“She’s beautiful,” he told me on the way back to his room following a lengthy, intimate conversation with Mrs. Kucinich in the cafeteria.
Clayton got his first big taste of the limelight Oct. 6, when he encountered Mitt Romney following an “Ask Mitt Anything” event in Dover. The video was broadcast on CNN and all over the internet.
After explaining his condition and the relief he receives from marijuana, Clayton asked Romney a pointed question: “Will you arrest me and my doctors if I get medical marijuana prescribed to me?”
“I’m not in favor of medical marijuana being legal,” Romney replied, and quickly escaped to shake hands with less instructive voters.
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