Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho walks out of Alexandria General District Court in Alexandria, Va., earlier today after pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor first-offense drunken driving charge. In exchange for his plea Friday, prosecutors dropped a charge of failing to obey a traffic signal. Crapo received a $250 fine and a 12-month suspension of his driver's license and must complete an alcohol safety program. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
“I'm swearing off alcohol and I am not going to continue to drink,” Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo told reporters today in a conference call after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in Alexandria, Va. Crapo said he believes public officials should be held to higher standards, the AP reported, and he believes his constituents are disappointed by his conduct. But he said he doesn't think the arrest will derail his political career, and he hopes that by giving a full explanation of the circumstances, he can regain the public trust/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
More Eye on Boise posts from today:
- Working on ethics issues
- Democratic leaders: Listen to voters
- Otter: Idaho won't become nuclear waste dump
- Otter on exchange: Need to stay at table to make difference
- Legislators clash over taking reform money away from schools
- Personal property tax repeal: reason to come to Idaho or 'misguided public policy'
Question (for our Mormon friends): How is U.S. Sen. Crapo's DUI playing in the church?