For those people who have followed my blogs over the years, know I enjoy a bit of hypocracy. The Jimmy Swaggert’s and Jim Haggard’s( The Crystal Methodist ) of the world. This month we may have a new member to the club.
Anti-Gay Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ―
Sac County Sheriff’s Dept./CBS
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ―Sources tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early Wednesday morning.
The California Highway Patrol pulled over Senator Roy Ashburn at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday after an officer noticed a black Chevy Tahoe swerving at 13th and L Streets.
The Sacramento County district attorney says Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn’s blood-alcohol level was .14 percent when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving near the Capitol.
Ashburn, a father of four, is a Republican Senator representing parts of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino Counties with a history of opposing gay rights
When the officer stopped the state-issued vehicle, the driver identified himself as Senator Ashburn. He was arrested without incident and charged with two misdemeanors: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level higher than .08% or higher.
A male passenger, who was not identified as a lawmaker, was also in the car but was not detained.
Ashburn was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and released on $1,400 bond.
Ashburn issued a statement on the arrest Wednesday afternoon:
“I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did. I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me – my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate.”
Ashburn served six years as a state Assemblyman before being elected to the State Senate. According to Project Vote Smart, Ashburn’s voting record shows he has voted against every gay rights measure in the State Senate since taking office including Recognizing Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages”, Harvey Milk Day and Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws.
Ashburn no-show in Senate after DUI arrest
A day after his arrest for investigation of drunken driving, state Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, did not show up for Thursday morning’s session of the state Senate. Senate officials said Ashburn was out on personal leave, meaning he would not collect a per-diem check.
The state-issued car Ashburn was driving at the time of his arrest early Wednesday was returned to the state Capitol garage. There are no impounding fees, said Senate Secretary Greg Schmidt.
Officials in Ashburn’s Capitol office said they did not know where the senator was Thursday.
Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said, “I’m confident Roy will return very soon.”
The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Ashburn’s blood-alcohol level was 0.14% when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving near the Capitol. Drivers are considered intoxicated by law if the level is 0.08% or greater.