Idaho Senator arrested for DUI

Idaho Senator arrested for DUI

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 01: U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) speaks during a mark up hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill October 1, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee continued to vote on amendments for the committee?s version of the healthcare reform legislation.

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Associated Press

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 24 at 5:05 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- When U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo sponsored a 2010 bill to cut taxes on small brewers, he said he did so for pro-business, not pro-beer reasons.
 
A Mormon, the Idaho Republican told The Associated Press at the time that he abstains from alcohol, and he pledged to have a root beer to celebrate if the bill passed.
 
Crapo's arrest Sunday in a Washington, D.C., suburb on suspicion of drunken driving contradicts his public persona as a teetotaling member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church prohibits members from using alcohol, as well as coffee, tea and some other substances.
 
In a statement, Crapo has taken responsibility and pledged to ensure "this circumstance is never repeated."
 
Colleagues say they're surprised the three-term Republican is in this situation. But Idaho's junior U.S. Sen. Jim Risch offered his support, saying Crapo made a mistake and has apologized.

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