Sen. Michael Crapo was arrested in Alexandria, VA early Sunday morning for driving under the influence. WTOP radio's Thomas Warren broke the news about the Idaho Republican's brush with the law.
Crapo is a member of the LDS church, and Mormons are supposed to refrain from drinking alcohol. Police spokesman Craig T. Fifer said an officer was on routine patrol when he saw Sen. Crapo's vehicle run a red light, CBS News reported. Crapo then underwent several field sobriety tests, which he failed, Fifer said in a statement. He was then taken into custody without incident.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Crapo was first elected to the Senate in 1998, after six years in the House. He is one of four Republicans in the self-named "Gang of Eight" - a bipartisan group of senators who came together to work on a budget deal to avoid the upcoming "fiscal cliff."
@woodtick57 when you run for public office and use your religious values to enhance your credibility, if you get caught violating those religious values you betray the trust in a way the is both religious and political. Indeed religious failing are between man and god, it is only political failings that are issue to be punished at the ballot box...
Ok, right wingers start on the count of 4, 3, 2, 1......Let he among you without sin cast the first stone. We forgive all hypocrite right wingers and hold none accountable unless you of course happen to be anyone other than an extremist right winger. Second verse, same as the first.
@texas_cutie75 Again I think maybe we have a difference in terminology. I would say every single right winger I ever met is about as uptight as a stepped on rattlesnake. Some conservatives are pretty good people but I never met a right winger worth knowing. There is a huge difference between a conservative (of which i consider myself one on most issues) and a right wing (of which I would rather be dead than be like.)
First off, let me say this, because I know there is going to be a gang of liberals attacking me because this is a Republican. If the charges leveled at Mike Crapo are true, I condemned them and feel he has brought shame not only to his family and his community, but to the office in which he holds. Now there, to satisfy all you partisan Democrats out there, I criticized a Republican.
Now, allow me to make a larger and more significant point. Who cares? This is not newsworthy. obama is salivating as he prepares to raise taxes on every American come January 1st. We should be discussing issues such as that. Politicians getting drunk on duty is more of the dog bites man news variety. Nothing unusual at all in this story. How Americans will cope with the largest tax increase in American history is something we ought to be talking about. Oh, btw, obama also plans to raise the cost of milk to $6 a gallon. That's worth talking about too, considering he already has gas way over $3 a gallon.
Neo, you and I both know that if the GOP wanted to lower taxes for 98% of us all they would have to do is vote on the package the Senate sent them last summer. It's that simple. Put the bill up for a yes or no vote. Boehner won't do it. The GOP is willing to throw 98% of Americans under the bus in order to give unneeded tax cuts to the richest Americans. The only reason that taxes will go up is because the GOP is protecting the billionaires. As to Crapo, I agree this is a personal failing and other than making fun of his name (as I did with unfortunately named democrat Anthony Wiener) I'm not dumping on him.
Neo, let me be the first to commend you on your bi-partisanship. On the tax thing, you are right. It is the story. And kids, just to let you know, get used to gas with your Cheerios...cause it's cheaper and will get you "going" in the morning! LOL
I think just about every member of congress claims to belong to one religion or another. And I'm sure they all say it's wrong to lie, cheat and steal, yet that's what they do for a living. Yep, I can say hypocrite... ;-] To all of them.
I always have wondered about the "forgiveness" of god? According to the religious, god forgives all....right? So, if I was the CT shooter type, am I forgiven if (after each shooting death), I fall to a knee and ask forgiveness? Maybe one of the religious "right" can answer that question. And if it's a no, why?
@stepped_in_it Here's the hypocrisy of the religious right. If you are a serial killer who deals heroin to teenage girls who you've forced into prostitution and and are sentenced to death for the killing of 12 million people with a straight razor, YOU my friend can repent your sins and believe in God 10 seconds before you are executed and YOU are in the money. On your way to Heaven. To frolic with the Christian version of 72 Virgins and hey God says you loves you man?
I on the other hand can be an atheist who loves animals and small children. Who has never committed more of a crime than a teenage speeding ticket. More than 50 years ago. I can sponsor little league teams, sell girl scout cookies door to door so my daughter can make her quota, each brown rice and tofu so as to never harm another animal for my food. I can work with abused children, save a family of 32 from a raging flash flood and be Knighted by the Queen for the discovery of a single pill cure for cancer. But I, my friends can never go to heaven. I cannot share the fruits of the joy of the Serial killer, et al. because I am condemned to hell by a God who loves me but can't see his way clear to rewarding me for being one hell of a good guy because I didn't repent and believe. That's bullshirt.
I am disappointed to say the least. Yet, when I see MORMONS doing this sort of evil, it makes me wonder what is happening to our nation. Nevertheless, it should not be a partisan issue. "All have sinned & come short of the glory of GOD."
What is it about these Idaho Republican senators? First it's Larry Craig getting it done in bathroom stalls. Now it's Mike Crapo going for a drive after having a few too many. What ever happened to family values and personal responsibility?
@Romney2012 Mostly only Democrats? In my 66 years I'd say it's just about even. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. When you claim the moral high ground through religion and you get caught doing what you claim you don't do then you should have to resign. Either party.
The Mormon Church will forgive, the City of Alexandria will prosecute, and the radicals on Politix will rant. In the end he has to live with the legal, moral, personal, and professional consequences of his actions.