Idaho Sen. Michael Crapo is a strict social and fiscal conservative (whatever that means these days: Tax the poor, give corporations taxpayer money, and scream about loose women using contraception combined with bizarre beliefs about the female body). He’s a Mormon who has told the press that he doesn’t drink. And he was arrested for a DUI in Virginia early Sunday morning.
The Senator ran a red light, prompting police to pull him over, whereupon he failed sobriety tests. His blood alcohol level was .11. (Virginia has strict DUI laws.) After being arrested, Crapo was released on a $1,000 bail. His license will probably be suspended for 7 days as per the law in Virginia.
Senator Crapo said in a statement to CBS News, “I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance. I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me. I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter. I will also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”
Sure, you might be concerned that the Senator has abandoned his principles and values by drinking anything let alone being arrested for a DUI, but fear not. Crapo has a 0% rating from the HRC on gay rights, because while he’s obviously a bit confused about just how much booze one can drink before they’re too drunk to drive, he’s super clear that sexual orientation shouldn’t be protected in any way by the government. No rights for the gays!
Social conservatives prefer to save up all of the rights for the “righteous”.
Crapo has also been really clear that we need to spend our money going after young girls who cross state lines to violate his religious beliefs by seeking an abortion. Yes, drinking and driving might kill other already-borns, but abortion, while legal, is not okay in Crapo’s eyes. He voted yes to increase funding for the “vigorous enforcement of a prohibition against taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions consistent with the Child Custody Protection Act.”
He also said no to stem cells and no for $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. Don’t you bad girls go doing the dirty and thinking you can have access to birth control or abortions, or Crapo’s gonna get ya’ for the family values.
Also, all you ladies fighting for our freedom, listen up! Even if you get raped on base, it’s a NO to you for getting an abortion, even the privately funded kind. You might be fighting for our freedom, but Crapo is restricting yours. Be grateful he’s not driving you anywhere.
He also voted no on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for Clinton’s COPS Program (ironically now being used by conservatives to justify Wayne LaPieere’s crazy ranting). Who needs more police or police engagement in our communities? Certainly not Crapo.
Lastly, and you probably guessed this one, due to his strict social values, Crapo voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. I mean, what kind of world would this be if the parents of dead children could sue gun manufacturers? He also voted no on background checks at gun shows. In fact, he has earned himself an A+ from the NRA.
What we have here is a drearily predictable record of alleged “pro-life” values. Pro guns, no regulations for guns or their manufacturers but he must regulate women’s medical decisions even if they are serving our country because he can’t trust them to follow his excellent example on their own. Thankfully he didn’t hurt anyone while drinking and driving; apparently he does all of the hurting at his day job.
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