Statehouse sobriety postscript: Three more Idaho lawmakers vow not to drink; one says she's not giving up Communion

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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Mein Gott!!! Not a COMMUNIONIST!


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It is ridiculous

for Senator Winder to even respond to a request such as this. What matters is the legislature's ability to run a government that grows our economy and provides a better life for Idahoans; not the legal behaviors in which they engage as citizens.

It appears that Senator Winder thinks citizens will cast their votes based on his choices of liquid refreshment during the months of January, February and March. Otherwise, why even respond to this request? This is an insult to Senator Winder's constituency if he believes that this is the criteria the voters should use to elect him. Senator Winder should spend more time addressing the failure of the Republican Party to help grow Idaho's economy, and less time pandering to voters.

But hey, why do the hard work of actually solving problems when you can self-righteously list vices you aledgedly will not engage (which, by the way, you don't have to prove). Let's start electing serious people to the state Legislature. And it appears we need to look at more than just the Idaho Republican Party to find them.

PS Dearie, take it from an old Methodist IT'S GRAPE JUICE!


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Boy! Some people...

...need to get a real hobby and/or life!

Wanna-be Grover Norquist

All you pledge boys need to run along and play and do something else. Or run for office yourself!

Also, on a side note- amusing to see the implication that drinking alcohol automatically = being too drunk to legislate. Like having a glass of wine with dinner on Friday night means on Monday you'll vote to legalize murder.

That's ok, Patti Anne,

If you have a bad day at the legislature, I'll be your designated drinker and have a couple for ya. Just call me, you know who I am...Sunny...

Too Late.....

I've been "absolving" for her, and many other lawmakers for a very long time.....

I'll help.

I'll drink to that, or have another Bud to help me figure out what I'll be drinking to next!!!


What does drinking or not drinking have to do with anything in the REAL world? Winston Churchill drank, and if it weren't for his wisdom, tenacity, will, and ability to get the U.S. to join up during WWII we'd all be speaking German. Truman drank, FDR drank, Teddy Roosevelt drank, Lincoln drank, Washington drank. This is the most idiotic thing I've ever read.

You forgot...

Billy Carter drank and it was one of the few highlights of his brother's presidency that didn't hurt foreign relations or the economy.


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Billy Beer

YEEEAAAA, God that sucked, even cold.

I vow

to drink when they are in session.

I ....Personally vow

to take up the slack.... drinking wise....Lord knows I am going to need it.. this session....
but ask, not, what you can do for your country...oh...but what can you do for your bar tender....


I swear we have the dumbest

I swear we have the dumbest legislature in the country. Starting with the fluff crap already. Just do something meaningful and quit with the nonsense please.

The more they legislate...the more I HAVE to drink...

Welcome to the Church of the Fermented Grain...where communion is continuously offered... and in pint sized gla_sses!

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Let's just hope

that they don't pass legislation to force their puritanical ways on us.

I'd not mind if they got drunk every night if they would do their jobs during the day, but that's a pipe dream in this goofy state.

great idea!!!

And let's up the ante.....breathalizers at every entry point to the statehouse!! Patti Anne....don't even think about trying to come straight from Mass to work!! No telling what kind of half-baked notions you'll come up with in that boozed-up condition.

This is the height of silliness. After all.....George Bush was a teetotaler after he 'saw the light' and look at the damage he did to this country. I rest my case.



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When our "leaders" go back

When our "leaders" go back to work, there are probably mass amounts of alcohol consumed by their constituents just to numb the pain of the stupidity.

I just wish . . .

I just wish they wouldn't drive the rest of us to drink.

when not in session

they can drink all the free booze from the lobbyist. Afterall, adjournment for the day: not in session.

They might not drink it

but there's another way to get the alcohol in their system.

Really? With all the

Really? With all the problems in the world, this is what our law makers choose spend their time talking about? Just thinking about this makes me want to go get drunk....


This means nothing to me. A publicity seeking dude who got drunk and caught driving and now thinks he's on a quest for self absolution. I suspect there are a few pedophiles out there who also got caught and would love to misdirect that bahavior and claim it is about sex or alcohol, or whatever. Are these legislators willing to forgo sex in the event it might cloud their judgement? The reality is that a lot of people would love to misdirect the issue from themselves and project this on anybody but themselves. Garner a bit of publicity in the process. It aint about alcohol that got you in trouble bud. It's because you chose to chance driving while drunk. It is about character. Not about alcohol. This stuff is meaningless.

I can't wait

until Jay Leno gets ahold of this.

Tell you what Scott

Why don't you stop drinking and driving and not worry what the other legislators are doing. Grow up!

About that communion wine

Aren't you suppose to confess your sins before partaking of the communion bread and wine? Ms. Lodge might want to reflect on the sin of self-righteousness in her letter.

What would a reformed sex addict do?

Dear Legislators,

As a cured sex addict, I am asking you to refrain during the upcoming session.

Celebrate celibacy with me. No dancing pants.

Without your support who knows what might happen after a few lobbyist-paid-for drinks and lavish dinners.


Hank Moody

Find out DIY.


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Huston, we have a Senator

Asking someone to do something is not "an invasion" of anyone's rights.

Making laws to restrict someone's life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness seems more like "an invasion" of rights expressed in our Declaration of Independence; rights supposedly bestowed upon us by our Creator. Here are some invasions of those rights Sen. Patti Anne Lodge's party supports.

Outlawing medical marijuana (No other single drug can simultaneously reduce nausea, increase appetite, and is a slight euphoric)

Outlawing same sex marriage (who does it hurt really?)

Outlawing recreational marijuana (Let's compare the number of folks who have OD'd on pot to those who have OD'd on alcohol...0 to countless)

So don't get so bent. You have every right to practice creepy ritualistic cannibalism to connect with your zombie/god. Just let others do their thing.


Of the party, why would any thinking person respond to the pledge request?

A thinking person wouldn't respond to the pledge...

but we are talking about a group of people far removed from thinking, as I, and most people (I assume) define it.

That's rather harsh. Have you invented this yardstick?

No matter what you think or pipeline or politicians, that was biting and nasty.

I think you've overstepped your own line there.


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You funny.

I washed my underarms today, I hope not.


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