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Cast Your Vote:

    • She should step down -- Votes: 28
    • She shouldn't step down; it was just a mistake -- Votes: 2
Flowers for Driving Drunk? Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7752 posts
26th Mar '13

I am amazed that this story has not made it to national news. A Democrat State Rep was driving drunk, her BAC was .164. She sent two people to the hospital. One report even said that she had attempted to flee the scene. Though the news said the injuries received were minimal, I know the young woman on the bicycle, and her injuries were not life-threatening, but they are not minor, either. A Republican state rep made national news for "dangerous" facebook quotes, but this woman gets flowers and a standing ovation for getting a DUI?



My question is this: should she be asked to step down? Should she get special treatment because she's a government official?



http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/state&id=9032095



AUSTIN, TX -- A Democratic state lawmaker arrested for drunken driving offered an emotional apology on the floor of the Texas House on Monday, drawing a standing ovation and flowers from her colleagues.



Naomi Gonzalez of El Paso crashed her BMW into another car, which then hit a bicyclist around 2 a.m. Thursday. Gonzalez, the other driver and the cyclist all went to the hospital with minor injuries. The 34-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Vivialopod 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42775 posts
26th Mar '13

No, i don't think she should resign. Don't understand why she got a standing ovation though.... that's weird.

Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57844 posts
26th Mar '13

I personally believe breaking the law should immediately call for your resignation from any public office. JMO though.

Klaus 2 kids; Mississippi 23882 posts
26th Mar '13

Honestly yeah, I think any elected official should step down if they get a DUI/DWI. We had a rep here that got one a few years ago. He didn't hit anybody, he got pulled over for swerving or something. He was on a ton of pain killers, apparently from a surgery he'd had recently. He didn't step down either.

Ravey Candyass 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Boston, Massachusetts 103756 posts
status 26th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Emily Dickinson:</b>" I personally believe breaking the law should immediately call for your resignation from any public office. JMO though."</blockquote>




:!:

☠Jenniefahhh 1 child; Djibouti 70787 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting 4 til Gwen:" No, i don't think she should resign. Don't understand why she got a standing ovation though.... that's weird."


Why not? She broke the law by twice the legal limit.



And liberals do everything with double standards. Duh

Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7752 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting 4 til Gwen:" No, i don't think she should resign. Don't understand why she got a standing ovation though.... that's weird."


I have to wonder why you think she shouldn't step down. I understand that everyone makes mistakes, however, they have to face the consequences of those mistakes. If a cop received a DUI/DWI, they would lose their job. Why shouldn't that be the standard for any lawmaker?

Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7752 posts
26th Mar '13

There is a petition calling for her resignation. I don't know how much good it will do, but here is the link:



https://www.change.org/petitions/representative-naomi-gonzalez-of-texas-district-76-step-down-from-their-role-as-representative-2

Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7752 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting ☠Jenniefahhh:" Why not? She broke the law by twice the legal limit. And liberals do everything with double standards. Duh"


I just don't understand why a republican rep can make a stupid comment about rape, and everyone wants to hang him while this woman very literally almost killed someone and no one even seems to care.

Mara Due September 27 (girl); 2 kids; San Francisco, California 38964 posts
26th Mar '13

the poll is strange.



drunk driving isn't a mistake...



i'd resign - if it were me. she should too. shame on her for not having the decency to NOT DRIVE DRUNK and then on top of it, to not resign out of respect for her position.

Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7752 posts
26th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mara:</b>" the poll is strange. drunk driving isn't a mistake... i'd resign - if it were me. she should too. ... [snip!] ... on her for not having the decency to NOT DRIVE DRUNK and then on top of it, to not resign out of respect for her position. "</blockquote>




The poll is strange. I'm still high from surgery. This shit doesn't want to wear off! But I was trying to point out that some people seem to sympathize with her "bad decision" as though it wasn't that big of a deal.

Vivialopod 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42775 posts
26th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Bangtail:</b>" I have to wonder why you think she shouldn't step down. I understand that everyone makes mistakes, however, ... [snip!] ... of those mistakes. If a cop received a DUI/DWI, they would lose their job. Why shouldn't that be the standard for any lawmaker?"</blockquote>




I don't think what happens outside of your job should effect it. In any position.

Klaus 2 kids; Mississippi 23882 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting 4 til Gwen:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Bangtail:</b>" I have to wonder why you think she shouldn't ... [snip!] ... for any lawmaker?"</blockquote> I don't think what happens outside of your job should effect it. In any position."


So... by that logic, a child molester can be a kindergarten teacher, so long it he/she didn't molest their students. Sweet.

Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7752 posts
26th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting 4 til Gwen:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Bangtail:</b>" I have to wonder why you think she shouldn't ... [snip!] ... for any lawmaker?"</blockquote> I don't think what happens outside of your job should effect it. In any position."</blockquote>



I disagree when it comes to certain things and certain positions. If you're in a position of power where you're expected to make decisions for others, your personal decision-making should absolutely come into play. I think this is especially true if you break the law. What if she had killed the cyclist?



I would fully have expected to lose my job in safety if I had been charged with driving under the influence.

Vivialopod 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42775 posts
26th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Klaus:</b>" So... by that logic, a child molester can be a kindergarten teacher, so long it he/she didn't molest their students. Sweet."</blockquote>



Someone who's been convicted of molesting a child is going to jail. That would kind of be the end of that job.



Something with no jail time that would effect working.... shouldn't effect working.