On Tuesday, I wrote about the effort of ex-DUI offender Scott Andrus to secure promises of sobriety from all 105 lawmakers for the upcoming session. As of then, Andrus had 17 responses, with
13 vowing temperance and four offering equivocal answers.
Andrus says he's received four more responses, three in the affirmative and one — Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston — saying she won't refrain from taking the Sacrament of Communion at Mass.
That puts his record at 16-1-4.
Andrus emailed lawmakers last week, saying, "I humbly ask that you pledge that no beverage alcohol will pass your lips during the 2012 legislative session. Please remain sober as you conduct the affairs of state."
The latest responses:
"As a Catholic we receive the Body of Christ in two forms, His Body and Blood. Bread and wine served at the last supper symbolize the body and blood of our Savior. Many times during the Legislative session I attend Mass.
"Therefore for you to ask me to refrain from my religious celebrations is an invasion of my rights to freedom of religion. I am sure you have your personal religious beliefs and I would not invade on your beliefs. After all this is America the land of Freedom. I work hard to represent my constituents and understand the laws of Idaho concerning consumption of Alcoholic beverages."
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise:
"Thanks for the email and for your request. You ask a very interesting question and one that is easy for me to respond to. While this may not be acceptable to many of my colleagues I can assure you that I support your position and am willing to assure you that I do not drink during the Session and I have always believed that I should not drink at any event or activity related to my service to the people of Idaho. Therefore, even though I do not think everyone will commit to you I am willing to maintain my personal conviction not to drink."
Rep. Steve Thayn, R-Emmett:
"Scott, I have never taken alcholic beverages in my life. I will not start now."
Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis: "I don’t drink."
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