Not wanting to waste the opportunity of kicking him while he's down, Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant sent out a Christmas Eve statement on Republican Sen. Mike Crapo's drunk driving arrest.
Greeting the news with "surprise and dismay" Grant wrote that Crapo "showed bad judgement and failed to uphold the basic standards of conduct that Idahoans expecte of our elected public servants."
"Unfortunately, Sen. Crapo joins a growing list of elite, GOP, elected officials who have embarassed Idaho on the national stage in recent years," wrote Grant. "We deserve better."
At the other end of the political spectrum, Idaho's junior U.S. Senator, Jim Risch said he had "full confidence" in Crapo.
"As a friend and colleague, I offer my support and help to him in any way I can," wrote Risch.
Conceding that he "made a mistake," Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo bonded out of a Washington, D.C., area jail Dec. 23 after being arrested for drunken driving.
Alexandria, Va., police pulled Crapo's vehicle over at approximately 12:45 a.m. Sunday after his vehicle was spotted cruising through a red stoplight. Law enforcement said Crapo failed several field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol content registered 0.11, over the 0.08 legal limit. Crapo was immediately slapped with a misdemenaor charge of driving under the influence.
Soon after the news of his arrest made national headlines, Crapo issued a statement:
“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 undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”
The 61-year-old Crapo's court date is slated for Friday, Jan. 4.
After serving six years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Crapo was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1999. His current term expires in 2016.