Out of curiosity, I did a quick internet search to see what happens to people in
other professions when they are found guilty of a DUI or DWI. I read about an
NBA player who was suspended for several games without pay. Another story was
about a teacher and coach who resigned after being charged with a DUI. Other
stories told of police officers, an FAA director, and a morning news anchor who
either resigned or were let go after pleading or being found guilty of DUI/DWI.
Shouldn't we hold our elected officials to the same standards of our
teachers and police officers, or at least our news anchors and professional
athletes? What is it about being a Senator or Congressman that makes it so
hard for people to let go? In situations where people in other professions have
invariably retired, resigned, or been fired, our representatives in Congress
insist on remaining in the office, often forgetting that it is not their seat or
position, but it belongs to the people. We won't fix many of our nations
problems till we hold our Congress to a higher standard.
Why did this happen, Senator Crapo, when you have had such an outstanding life
as an LDS Church member? Why did you decide that you could start drinking? I
hope you will answer that question.
Power corrupts. Term limits can also be considered as limiting the damage done
to our leaders by remaining in power overlong.
He should resign from office. Idaho has a lot more just like him that
wont't have the baggage of DUI to lug around.
Didn't another senator from Idaho get busted a few years ago for soliciting
sex in an airport men's room?Boy, Idaho, you guys sure now how
to pick 'em.
Resignation would be an admirable choice for Senator Crapo to restore
self-respect and to restore respect from those who trusted in him.
Please be an example and show some respect to the people you represent and
resign your seat. Your crime is not unforgivable but you have disrespected your
position and you have embarrassed your constituents. Be a man of integrity and
worth, show us your faith means more than your ego.
Surely you don't expect him to resign over a DUI? He's served his
constituents well and will continue to do so. Give the guy a chance to fix a
Senator Crapo has a drinking problem. I an LDS and can truthfully say I've
never had a drink. But I've made other mistakes and have other problems.
Really, I think it is important to recognize that all people make mistakes --
just some are more public than others -- and I'm yet to find one person who
practices what they claim to hold dear 100% of the time (even the cleanest
politicians!). Anyway, I'll leave it up to the people of Idaho
to determine if he should continue to represent them. I'll leave it up to
his family, friends and church associates to sort out how this will impact there
lives -- I truly hope they will focus on getting him the help he needs to kick
the drinking. As for me, I mostly hope that he doesn't drink again, but if
he does, I hope he stays off the road. Drunk driving is a horrible thing that
kills and hurts way too many people.
@BYUalum:"Why did you decide that you could start drinking?"He's admitting he has been drinking for some time. Makes you
wonder how he related this to his Church leaders.Sometimes it takes
something like this public exposure and admitted embarrassment to wake the guy
up and get him to put old nagging habits out of his life.