Idaho Senator Crapo Arrested For DUI

466px-Mike_Crapo_Official_Photo_110th_Congresscrapo-mug-jpgVoters in Idaho just got over the scandal involving Larry Craig and a certain airport bathroom. Now, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) has been arrested for DUI in Alexandria, Virginia. A DUI would appear to be less of a political threat than an alleged attempt at a homosexual bathroom tryst. However, Crapo is a Mormon and told police that he had three shots of vodka that night. In a state with the second highest Mormon population in the United States, such an admission is not going to be well received. It may be that the image of being a “Jack Mormon” could be a lasting problem for Crapo.

Crapo has previously said that he does not drink alcohol in adherence with his faith. The officer, however, reported that Crapo “indicated that he consumed several shots of vodka hours earlier and did not consume any more alcoholic beverages since.” The officer stated that he noticed slurred speech and “bloodshot and watery” eyes. Crapo had a blood alcohol level of 0.11 (the legal limit being 0.08) and was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was released on a $1,000 bond.

It was an ironic twist given our recent fight in Idaho over “Five Sisters Vodka,” which the state officials barred out of concern for the sensibilities of Mormons in the state. It would appear however than at least one Mormon in the state is far more receptive to the product than anticipated by the state officials.

Source: Medialite

70 thoughts on “Idaho Senator Crapo Arrested For DUI”

  1. Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye

    1. Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the …

    How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take …

    Barkin Dog: I find you to be perverse and ignorant. The correct response is in line with ALL OF Paul’s statements including DUI Kills.
    EastBroadwayLong Beach…It is sad that you choose to highlight lies. There are many religious people in the Congress that you are not aware of …this is the problem with Generalizations!

  2. Barking – Just read an interesting study, I’ll see if I can find it online to link to. They went back and looked at old immigration records and also at the backgrounds of the workers.

    Long story short almost nobody got their name hacked by the people working the door. Most decided the change would be good for them AFTER they got their hand stamped (“gonna need that to get back in if you leave” 😉 ) A few more lied outright in their paperwork, perhaps tipped off by family already here.

    Turns out the immigration folks spoke a very large number of languages between them and did a very respectable job of the chore they had in front of them.

    That was more interesting than any crappy Senator

  3. To those who defend DUI and get people off on technicalities, you are the lowest of the low. Impairment kills people. We are way too lenient on DUI, a first offense should get a significant punishment, a second offense should be devastating for the criminal. A third offense (even at a “low” .08 level) should mean confiscation of the car, one year in jail, and revocation of driving privileges for life.

    DUI KILLS People.

    Crapo ran a red light as well as driving at .11. If he had shot a cannon down the street and not hit anybody, should he be charged with a crime? He drove through a red light. If a car had been in that intersection the result could have been deadly.

    We get outraged over a lone gunman that kills 20 kids in a school, we yawn when 200 kids die from DUI drivers.

    If Crapo has any guts, he will take no lawyer into court, admit his guilt and take whatever punishment comes his way. I am an Idaho resident, he will get my vote if he owns up to what he did, if he attempts to weasel his way out, he will never get my vote again.

    We are WAY too lenient on DUI.

  4. As JusticeHolmes pointed out, Crapo is more than just a practicing Mormon. He has been a long time church official and made a bishop at an early age. He is one of the highest ranked Mormons in the whole of Mormondy.

    Also, what EastBroadway said.

  5. Wilbur Mills is still my favorite drunken Senator, swimming in a fountain w/ a stripper. The current Senators have no panache.

  6. Is Crapo one of those Ellis Island names humorously put on the entry papers by the immigration guys which sticks with the family for generations?
    Like Rick Santo Rum. His great grandpa has a bottle of Sainted Rum in his luggage when he gets off the boat from Sicily and they substitute that for his real name which was Corleone. The family shortened it to Santorum. With the emphassis on the “tor” in the middle one ignores the implications of the sainted rum thing. They were laughing at him back in Siciliy during the primaries over here in the promised land.

  7. Big shots I’d say. Even given his report of 4 shots, which might bring him barely at the 0.11 BAC range (at, say, 160 lbs body weight), if consumed within the preceding hour. The body metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about ‘one drink’ per hour so if it was several hours before the BAC was taken he had already begun to come down from his high, so to speak.

    I suppose that being the virginal drinker he claims, he would have no idea about how to drink, what to drink, how much to drink, and when to stop. It’s possible I suppose. But why would a virginal drinker be tossing back vodka shots when that’s a hard core pattern?

  8. He is a Ladder Day Saint. The ladder has twelve steps. He stepped in some apCray before he started up the ladder and slipped and fell. While on his knees he said a prayer and some cop mis interpreted his slurred speech for being drunk. The Five Wives Vodka he drank was a mormon product and contained no alcohol. It is all just a mis understanding. His constituents will understand. His fifth wife is in an uproar because he was out hustlin some hooker with the last name Looker. He is in more trouble at home than he is with his voters.

  9. Why is it always so obvious that those who are seen to be most religious are also those who are most hypocritical??? Aaaah, the freedom of Atheism, I enjoy it more every day. No lying about some pathetic, unknown afterlife, no lying about some invisible non-existant deity, no accepting ridiculous rules about behavior. Just be a dedent human being, hurt no one, and live a decent life………. and relax, and have a drink once in a while, while NOT driving …… Is that so difficult…. I don’t think so.

  10. I give Crapo (perhaps the best name for a Republican Senator EVER) full marks for not trying to pretend he was not guilty. He manned up & blamed nobody but himself.

    Of course in the crowd he runs with that is the smart move. Tearfully admit “I have sinned” beg forgiveness and don’t get caught a second time.

    Whenever I heard this guys name called during rolls as CRAY-po I always thought of the BBC comedy where the families last name was spelled ‘Bucket’ and the woman, who was always putting on airs, had to constantly correct people, “No, its pronounced BOO-kay. Just once I wanted to hear someone call ‘CRAP-o’!

  11. Hi, Jonathan- How are you doing?

    Your blog entry says Crapo “was charged with drinking while intoxicated.” Your statement is correct after striking drinking and inserting driving. Drinking while intoxicated is not a Virginia crime, and Crapo’s online court dockets show charges for driving while intoxicated and a red light violation.

    Crapo of course is presumed innocent, and the charges are only this serious under the crimjnal law because of the disproportionate DWI laws, as I address here:

  12. Interesting. Senator Crapo was named a Mormon Bishop at 31. MIT Romney was also made a Bishop in the Mormon church. Interesting.

  13. Editorial Note: I believe he was charged with “driving while intoxicated,” since “drinking while intoxicated” is not considered a crime.

  14. JT’s “Jack Mormon” link indicates:

    Jack Mormons may also indulge in activities discouraged by the church, such as drinking alcohol, smoking, and premarital sex.

    JT goes on to say:

    It was an ironic twist given our recent fight in Idaho over “Five Sisters Vodka,” which the state officials barred out of concern for the sensibilities of Mormons in the state.

    Can Jack Mormon Vodka be far behind?

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