State Sen. Rick Jones’ outspoken ways landed him in a little hot water.
That would be the hot water often served up by Michigan’s Tea Party.
This week, Joan Fabiano, a mid-Michigan Tea Party official, fired off a complaint about Jones to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville after the Grand Ledge Republican asked her through Facebook if she used “head meds,” according to Gongwer News.
In return, Jones sent an apology letter Thursday to Fabiano. Fabiano and Jones had been communicating regarding Jones’ support for health exchange legislation.
"I apologize for the last communication," he wrote. "We've been communicating for years...it's become unproductive."
Jones encouraged Fabiano, who does not live in Jones’ district, to contact her own senator is she wishes to discuss legislation.
Amber McCann, spokeswoman for Richardville, said the matter is under review.
It was not the first time Jones has asked someone publicly about drug use. At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting earlier this year, Jones asked a medical marijuana advocate who was testifying whether he was high on marijuana; the advocate seemed taken aback by the question.
Afterwards, Jones, a former law enforcement officer, said he was merely asking, because it seemed obvious to him the person was under the influence of some sort of drug.