Did OPI Candidate Romano Know Her Husband Was Using Meth, LSD And Cocaine?

Something is bothering me about Montana’s Office of Public Instruction candidate Melissa Romano – did she know her husband, an elementary school teacher, was using hard drugs, including LSD, meth and cocaine, before he was busted for it last year?

Here’s the article from last year detailing the arrest – https://www.kbzk.com/news/montana-news/helena-teacher-and-husband-of-opi-candidate-faces-felony-drug-charge

“A former Helena elementary school teacher – who also is married to Democratic state superintendent of public instruction candidate Melissa Romano — was charged Tuesday with felony drug possession, including cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.

The charges against Eric Lehman, who resigned his teaching post at Hawthorne Elementary School as of Nov. 1, said the drugs were found in a bag in his vehicle after a traffic stop and vehicle impoundment in late August in Helena.”

It is troubling, if not downright disturbing, to think that Melissa Romano could possibly become our Superintendent of Public Instruction if she knew that her husband was on drugs and she did or said nothing about it while he was a teacher for our kids.

Here’s another article about how the arrest happened and how Romano’s husband, Lehman, was able to receive a 3 year deferred sentence on felony drug charges- https://www.kxlf.com/news/montana-news/helena-teacher-husband-of-opi-candidate-sentenced-on-felony-drug-charge

I agree with Joe Dooling in his Missoulian editorial from August this year when he says,

“Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Melissa Romano is unfit and unqualified for office — any office. Romano failed to protect her own children by allowing, or not knowing, that her husband was abusing drugs at home and on the job.”

Voters should be aware of this information and ask some hard questions before casting their ballots this weekend and into next week.

Once again I agree with Dooling when he concludes his editorial by writing, “I hope Romano and her husband are getting the help they need and that Mr. Lehman is able to recover from the harmful effects of addiction to such serious drugs. But at this time, Montana families simply cannot trust Melissa Romano to oversee Montana teachers responsibly and to keep our students safe.

Posted by Philip M. Faccenda

Philip M. Faccenda is an AIA award-winning architect and planner. He is the Editor-in-Chief of E-City Beat.

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One Reply to “Did OPI Candidate Romano Know Her Husband Was Using Meth, LSD And Cocaine?”

  1. I don’t know Melissa or the exact situations her husband has been in. I can speak to my personal experience where my husband hid for decades his drug use. (ex husband) It caught up to him
    and then I discovered it. “it is a dirty little secret” when you do not use. Again .. I don’t know her personal situation. But I do know I am a hard working, educated person who has faith and does not do drugs.


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