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Published: Sunday, Jan. 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Why do politicians continually defend each others' bad behavior? If a school teacher had a DUI, they wouldn't be saying "one mistake doesn't negate lifetime of service." I guess we are supposed to forgive the mistakes politicians make and then throw everyone else under the bus for their mistakes. I guess this explains why the Utah legislature can give a standing ovation to a special someone who resigned after giving a "lifetime of service." Mr. Liljenquist, politicians should be held to a higher standards just as you expect your state employees to do.

Somewhere in Colorado, CO

I hope Crapo can get help.

I have seen too many otherwise "good" LDS men and women lead two-lives lately.

It makes me sick when I think about it.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

Sadly, Mr. Crapo stands for everything that is wrong with D.C. and why it it so easy not to trust our federally elected servants. They create laws, for our good of course, and because they are above the very laws they create, live lives as if they are accountable to nobody. Please Dan, save us all the "lifetime of service" baloney. We are so very tired of hypocracy. He, like so many others should remove themselves from public service because of dishonesty so decent men and women can represent us properly.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Kings Court, that is an absolutely excellent response.

Window Rock, AZ

It sounds obvious that none here understands what really goes on in the mind of an individual tht may have an addictive problem. I am sure anyone of you wil be asking for mercy as well.
Jesus saved the prositute from being stoned. "He who cast the first stone....." right? God loves the sinner and all no matter what. I respect the gentleman for maning up to the problem; now he is on his rocky way to recovery. I pray for him and his family. I am not an alcoholic however have witnessed alcohoism even to the death of loved ones.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

I live in Crapo's district, and will certainly vote against him next chance I get. We have to stop rationalizing bad behavior and character flaws. Period. They matter.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I've known many people who have had trouble with alcohol. I've never looked down on someone who admits it, takes responsibility, and seeks help. As a lifelong Democrat I would join Dan in saying this issue does not cancel out everything else in a person's life. Problem drinking is not a partisan problem. It has nothing to do with political philosophy or even religious conviction. It is a problem that can be dealt with successfully. Everyone should rally around those who are trying to change their life. Such a course will save countless others.

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one old man
Ogden, UT

estreet, I think most of us posting here understand addiction more than you give us credit for. But the fact remains that there is an obvious double standard when it comes to "forgiving" people in power.

Shouldn't people who have power over the rest of us be held to higher standards?

Someone earlier posted the question of what would happen to a teacher or other public employee who was charged with DUI. It's a valid question.

Somewhere in Time, UT

This is the sad consequence when we betray our own stndards.

Salt Lake City, UT

Sen. Crapo claimed and won support for believing certain standards that he ignored. That is hypocrisy, which is not currently considered a virtue. While he needs help with his alcohol abuse and disregard for DUI laws, that sympathy doesn't protect him from the criminal or political consequences of his choices.

Salt Lake City, UT

I want to whole heartedly agree with Mr. Liljenquist. It would seem that there is a tendency to by many commentators here to condemn Congressman Crapo for having made a very seriouls mistake, and to only focus on that mistake. We all make mistakes in life and let us hope and pray that those mistakes do not totally difine us. We all do good things in life too and let us hope and pray we are mostly defined by those good deeds and that there is hope for forgiveness for our short comings. Even though Congressman Crapo is a former LDS Bishop and a graduate of BYU, like all of us, he is subject to imperfections. I for one value his positive contributions and I forgive him and I hope he can move past his mistakes. I hope I can move past mine too!

Centerville, UT

I mostly agree with Mr. Liljenquist. I am sympathetic to Senator Crapo and wish him well in dealing with this issue.

But I wonder about this idea of "public service." Members of Congress and the Senate are highly paid for their work. Only rarely do they leave office voluntarily until they are in advanced old age. They generally fight tooth and nail to maintain their office or move up. I question how much of their motivation is service and how much is self-aggrandizement. I don't think that Senator Crapo or any of our other elected officials are more noble than anyone else or more deserving of our sympathy and support.


If the voters had known the truth about FDR's and JFK's personal lives would they have been elected? I think not. As a voter, I want to know the truth about candidates so I can make an informed decision on their character. Of course, every one has problems, but let me know about them before I vote. I don't know how I feel about Senator Crapo, but now his constituents can make an informed choice.

Utah Dem
Ogden, UT

I may be wrong but as I have followed, half-heartedly, this story didn't Crapo say he started drinking alcohol about one year ago? Sorry, Dan that negates your "one mistake" comment.

Aurora, CO

I too was disappointed that Sen Crapo was arrested for DUI. He was supposed to be staying away from alcohol as a religious matter, but here he is, drinking. I am trying to understand the rationale behind his admission that he started drinking for the stress. As a former Bishop, doesn't he know better? Booze as the answer? Not. If he is so stressed, then seek help, and not from a liquor store. Were I still in his district, I would think long and hard about his name on the ballot. Not because he was convicted of DUI, but because of his decision making under stress. What would his decision be if pressed hard enough, or placed in a stressful situation? I'm puzzled as to what led to this situation, where he was seeking relief in a bottle.....

I hope he works this out.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I'm not down on people drinking alcohol, but I'm sick of people drinking alcohol and getting in cars and trying to drive, like the woman who ran into a house last night. A car can be potentially a dangerous killing machine. That's my problem here.

Tracy Kid
Tracy, CA, CA

For how many years did he wear his religion on his sleeve? Does anyone think this was just a first time?

I am the son, brother and father of an alcoholic. It does not just happen one day.

Tooele, UT

Re: "One mistake doesn't negate lifetime of service"

True enough.

But this is just the latest in a long series of incidents that has a lot of us asking ourselves, why do so many deeply flawed people gravitate to politics?

The vast, vast majority of Church members with Sen. Crapo's age, experience, and history of Church service are not sorely tempted by this particular vice. Why are so many politicians?

And most of us would see a giant red flag if we caught ourselves "drinking gin and tonics at home," as Sen Crapo admitted. Why does it always seem to take an arrest to induce repentance and rectitude for politicians?

Do they actually hold any real beliefs, or is showmanship and politics their religion?

Could it be, since they assert their jobs require them to make so many moral and political compromises, it elevates compromise to a moral imperative, and they begin to feel that imperative applies in their personal lives, as well?


We all wish Sen. Crapo the best, but we're wondering.

IA Cougar
West Des Moines, IA

I wish him well. I hope he gets help. I hope that he has a friend, like the one Ted Kennedy found in Orrin Hatch to help him curb the problem and find respectability. Drinking is a problem. It ruins men and women everywhere. Most of the time, it is met with denial and more drinking. So far, this case has seen confession and acceptance of full responsibility. I salute him for that. So many in Congress find a straight path to blaming others. It's a huge mistake that he will pay for over and over. Sure, it may cost him his job in D.C. But more importantly, I hope his family and friends will rally around him and help rather than do what so many posting on this article want to do to him. At least, that is what I would hope for myself or members of my family if I or one of them found themselves in the same place. "...of you, it is required to forgive..."

freedom in 2017
paradise, UT

wow, lots of bigoted opinions here. glad so many commentators lead perfect lives. Dan is right. i also know Dan and I would not expect anything less from his comments. He is a class act.

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