DUI charge: Jan. 4 court date for Idaho Sen. Crapo

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 27, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    Sad --

    1st we had Mormon Senator Larry Craig arrested for solisiting gay-sex in an Airport men's room.
    Now we have Mormon Senator Mike Crapo arrested for DUI.

    Personally --
    I don't care if he's a Mormon or a Druid, if he doesn't know that drinking and driving is extraordinarily dangerous he doesn't belong in the Senate.

    I am however deeply offended he'd use his membership to somehow go easy on him.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 25, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    Crapo is 61-years-old. He's taught and testified about the Word of Wisdom. He's been a leader of the Church in authority over others. He's an Eagle Scout.
    This is simply incredible.
    If we ever hope to clean up politics the likes of Crapo need to disappear from the scene and never come back.
    But they do come back, and return to positions of stature. When Bill Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues, left his wife, he should have vanished from politics. But he didn't. Then there's Gingrich.
    Let's not allow them to ever come back as shining examples on the hill. Such behavior just cheapens the concept of real leaders.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    NRA response:

    "Let's put six-packs of beer in every car, to cut back on drunk driving."

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    Dec. 24, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    If I were in the senate now, it would also drive me to drink.

  • Zadruga Guy West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    I guess the Fiscal Cliff is enough to drive ANYONE to drinking.

  • troyboy1 Danville, KY
    Dec. 24, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    What media spin is being thrown into the story? They are simply quoting his biography on his page. He should be held to a higher standard, since that is the standard his constituents elected him on. Sounds like a persecution complex to me. Of all the times a Kennedy has been busted on DUI religion didn't matter, because everybody expects Kennedys to drink, unlike Mormons, who tend to look down on people who drink and make their own choices.

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    I believe the news report states that the senator has brought up his no drinking position PRIOR too this event. It just talks about being a cooperative DUI suspect. He obviously comes up very short of what is expected of a Latter-day Saint and a member of the U. S. Senate.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Good thing they did not have hi blow into a hypocrisy meter. He said he did not drink and that would be known as a lie.

  • troyboy1 Danville, KY
    Dec. 24, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    It just shows that he is grown up and can make decisions for himself without other grown ups telling him what to do so he can be in good standing with mythology. Good for him. Maybe that is why he is a Senator; so he can go get some freedom outside of Morridor.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Dec. 24, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    I truly hope it comes out that this was a one time error in judgement. He is a very good Senator and one of the few grown ups in office today. I would take a drinking Senator Crapo over my current (embarrassment of a) Congressman any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

  • Richard Larson Galt, CA
    Dec. 24, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    "That's a shame"

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    @ idablu

    I am not too upset about the media spin on this news story beccause he apparently made statements that he does not drink, then was arrested for DUI. The behavior doesn't match his statements made earlier. That is why is became an issue.....as he displayed the hypocrisy, not the media. If he hadn't said he didn't drink because he was LDS, then there wouldn't be a story.

    The problem is not that an LDS person was arrested for DUI, the problem is that he is a U.S. Senator that was arrested for DUI who stated he doesn't drink because he is LDS and then he was caught driving drunk. Understand? You need to walk-the-walk and not just say what you believe.

    As for why he was drinking, that is his personal issue with which to deal and he will have to suffer the fallout of that decision. I wish him well in that regard.

    Alcohol has ruined more than one good man who was deceived into drinking it.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Dec. 24, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    Re: idablu

    The media isn't dragging the Church into this, the Senator is. When the accused uses his religion as his defense, it is valid news. Lose the persecution complex, or at least direct your angst to the proper source.

  • BCA Murrieta, CA
    Dec. 24, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Idablu----you are reading this story and commenting about it on a church-owned newspaper website. Not sure where the conspiracy is.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 24, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Extremely disappointed in Mike Crapo. Another high profile person making profoundly poor decisions. No one is immune to making dumb mistakes.

    I am rather annoyed, however how the AP seems to take great pleasure is dragging the Church through this mud. The display of hypocrisy is already there without having to bring up the fact he is a Mormon-- He is a U.S. Senator who committed a crime. How often do we hear about the religion of any other high profile person who makes a dumb mistake who is not LDS? Never.