Classless defined: Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Grant's attack on Mike Crapo

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant apparently sees margin in piling on after GOP U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo's shocking DUI arrest early Sunday in Virginia.

I'm off this week, but am unable to let Christmas Eve pass without noting Grant's tin-eared, mean-spirited attempt to seek partisan gain. Crapo, whom I've covered since 1987, has been a class act on Idaho's behalf since his election to the U.S. House in 1992 and his subsequent rise to the Senate in 1998.

A contrite Crapo swiftly admitted his error in a statement Sunday night.

“I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” Crapo said. “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,” the statement continued. “I will undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”

No parsing of what "is" is, no nonsense about a concussion suffered while stumbling home from the country club.

Crapo owned up. Grant got nasty.

Here's Grant's statement, issued this afternoon, with a Boise dateline. (It might well have included "straight from the gutter.")

"Boise, Idaho -- The Idaho Democratic Party greeted news of the drinking and driving arrest of U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo with surprise and dismay. Sen. Crapo showed bad judgment and failed to uphold the basic standards of conduct that Idahoans expect of our elected public servants. Unfortunately, Sen. Crapo joins a growing list of elite, GOP, elected officials who have embarrassed Idaho on the national stage in recent years. We deserve better."

Crapo has served with distinction, stolid, patient, grounded. He supported the many years of collaboration that protected the Owyhee Canyonlands; continues to fight on behalf of Idaho downwinders; and has the guts to risk the ire of the GOP's tea party wing as a deficit realist and member of the "Gang of Six."

Yes, Crapo made a mistake. A man unaccustomed to alcohol ran a red light and got caught. Idaho politicians of lower rank and from both parties have done the same. That Crapo -- a careful, studious, even boring man -- would so err may simply mean he buckled under the stress. Perhaps he has a private demon. Don't we all?

Grant's Christmas Eve cheap shot reveals far more about Grant than it does Crapo.

Thanks for the info, Dan.

Personally, I've never really cared for Grant. I've always thought he would quite often demonstrate a combative, and at times even caustic, nature. He has once again shown his true colors....Sunny...

Personally, Sunny

Personally, I've never really cared for Sunny. I've always thought he would quite often demonstrate a effeminate, and at times even gay nature. He has once again shown his true colors....Wendy Grant...

Now you are also classless and flagged...twerp

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Yeah,

What Foreign said.

Nevertheless

The thing that gets me is Popkey's assumption that Crapo was "unaccustomed to alcohol." It could very well be that Crapo has been a regular drinker all his career and an occasional drunk driver. He created a public persona for political gain which, in fact, was a lie.

In fact, eh? Provide your proof...

You are making just as dumb as assumption as you accuse Mr Popkey of making.

accustomed to alcohol

Someone driving with a 0.11 blood alcohol isn't drinking alcohol for the first time.

Ever just turned 21?

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"piling on"

I see. Now is not the time to criticize this hypocrite. It's too soon. It's between himself, and his family, and his church...blah blah blah. Similar to having a debate about gun control right after a massacre. Too soon. Too sad. Wait for the "proper" time.

Bull. Crapo deserves all the hits he gets and more. If you reap the benefits of being associated with a religion that professes to be squeaky clean, and then you act outside the tenets of that church, you are a phony. He's playing in the bigs now. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the temple.

And comparing Crapo to Clinton; nobody ever thought slick willy was stake president material. And Clinton never got drunk and ran a red light. And talk about piling on! Sweet Moroni on a steeple.

Oh, shut up, PLEASE.

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no

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At least come up with better criticism.

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Check the record

As long as he did not run on the basis of his religion and "family values". then we should not hold him at those high levels.

Cheap Shot

I'm a Democrat and I thought it was a cheap shot.He didn't try to lie His way out like Craig.He owned up to it.People are quick to throw stones,it makes Them feel superior.Any of You ever do something irresponsible You later regretted?

Good point

I very much dislike Mr. Crapo's politics but for goodness sake, he made a mistake. Fine, who among us has not? There are many substantive reasons to criticize Mr. Crapo. This nor his religion are not among them.

Any of You ever do something irresponsible You later regretted?

You mean other than reading your post ?

Strange remark from a Dem....

the people who idolized Teddy "The Lush" Kennedy.

I never liked Grant either. He's a setback to his party.

As a Democrat, I cringe over the lack of real guidance in Idaho's minority party.

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Is there something untrue?

What did Grant say that was untrue? Unless it was the part about being embarrassed because we sure don't seem to be.

I Don't think this was "piling on" at all

Agree.

Whether Crapo owned up or not...it's still an embarrassment to Idaho.

Are we now living in an age where you can do anything you want, including break the law, and all it takes is an apology and everything is fine?

How did our expectations of our leaders sink so low?

You got over Mark Johnson's DUI. Get a clue and some humility.

Stop the big phony histrionics. He's not Jesus. He's a man and it's not an embarrassment, it's a pity but you guys with the bemoanful hypocrisy are full of crap.

You are so quick to condemn and just make a pile of noise. Should I let you go if you mess up or skewer your mistake like a loud idiot?

Remember, I already have the waiter job in Hades anyway. I'll take your coat and seat you no doubt.

HONESTLY, KIDS/
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False equivelence

Johnson never said he didn't drink. I hold US Senators to a higher standard than local sports reporters. And Johnson was never an official in a church that doesn't allow its members to drink. Crapo didn't just make a mistake, he lied and represented himself as someone he wasn't. He deserves to be criticized. He's a phony and has lost his credibility. If I got a DUI, there's a fair chance I could lose my job. Why is he different?

You believe there aren't Jack on Jack?

Oh for Pete's sake. You'd blame seafoam for not being green enough. Is that all you have to gripe about, flipping your LDS?

take a nap and work the extra ham off/

A man gets drunk and you gotta blame the entire bunch. What gall.

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I met Crapo and even Craig at some of the Ag

conventions....

You could talk to them. They were approacheable and personable.

Mr Crapo's mistake was not taking a taxi at time of evening. Also there is nothing wrong with some that drink. Alcoholism is bad. And hiding the fact that you may drink is bad too.

Mr Crapo handled his arrest well based on the reported story.

Popkey is correct on this one. But is you drink and drive, the risk is yours plus the others on road.

Classless is Crapo

Hello yeah, Crapo owned up. What did you expect? He'd say he had the flu and swallowed too much Nyquil?

He's a 60 something married man with 5 grown children, grandchildren, who has been a member of a church who does not believe in drinking alcohol. He's even been one of the religious leaders of that church. He's now one of the law makers of our State and has been for many years, and you, Popkey, want us to overlook his hypocrisy?

When you and your paper begins doing sympathy articles for ordinary citizens who work hard every day, pay taxes and don't mean to break the law but do and get caught then, we can start talking about your pampering of Crapo. Until then, he's a law maker who broke the law and one whose religion he supposedly lived said he didn't and couldn't drink. That makes him a liar and untrustworthy. How unusual for a politician.

Hypocrasy, and my foot.

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wendyjog....

We all make mistakes and have our problems. The pharmas sell far more $$$ in prozac and others than do Budweiser. If he drinks, so what. His mistake was driving. He needs to plead and guilty and then pay your fine.

America has much bigger issues.

The President not signing any budget deal will affect alot more of us Americans. And it is going to hurt. Heck we will all be drinking 'moonshine'.

We gone thru this before with Tipsy Oneil, Kennedy, and many others. Crapo just needs to plead guilty and then move on.

Oh

We need to move on and forget just like you have with Kennedy? So you're OK with Kennedy now? You've moved on have you? Right.

seevee. Yes.

forgive and forget.

Too many issues to solve or We the People will be wishing that they were solved. Drinking and politics goes hand-in-hand.

The President not signing a budget deal?

You mean the budget deal that Grover's nazis refuse to submit to the President?

Grover's nazis are leading the senate too....

There is no real plan, and he wont sign much. Just get ready and be prepared the best you can. Inflation and other stuff is going to hurt.

maybe Im wrong?

A plan written by a 12 year old who hadn't fancied girls yet.

When are the L's tattoed on our foreheads mandated?

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Thankfully, you are wrong. No critical tome for you though.

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Give me a break Dan

Yes, Sen. Crapo is a reasonable person and sometimes a good legislator. He is npt a wacko like many Idaho Republicans these days. However, he made a big mistake, and any criticism of him is legitimate. A DUI is a serious thing in many professions. If you are convicted of a DUI as a doctor, for example, you end up putting that on every licensing/credentialing application for the rest of your career for consideration. Maybe you should have come out of your vacation torpor to wrote about Crapo's failings rather than to bash Grant.

You are kidding us, I surmise?

Serious, true but mein Gott you progs are wonky and in need of a good servo adjustment and oil bath. Let R2 take care of things a while.

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I didnt take Popkeys article as Grant bashing, but as....

a bash on Grant for taking this opportunity to go against Crapo....

Its kind of low key, especially when both sides get caught on this....

Let Grant run on his ideals.

But not on his GRIT issues, that's cruel, Grandma reads it.

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late nights

I think the funny part is what was "boring" Mike Crapo doing out on a Saturday night that late, DRINKING?

Where was he drinking?
A public place?
Was he actually working on late night Congressional stuff?

And WHO was he drinking with?
Other Congressmen? And they let him drive?.. Friends don't let friends be politicians.

Or was he at say a PRIVATE event?

There HAS to be more to the story. But Crapo quick and humble pleading will cause Popkey and the Statesman to overlook inquiring about it. I recall it was the fear of Statesman interrogation that caused Craig to rollover and plead guilty hoping it wouldn't be a big publicity story. Look how well that worked for him.

How well it is this quick apology going to work for Crapo and his drinking partner(s)?

This blog post makes me

This blog post makes me madder and madder the more I think about it. Would Crapo still be "class act" if when he ran that red light he had hit a family with young children and killed them all? Do you take drunk driving seriously at all Dan, of is it just a simple mistake that anyone could make and is just forgotten the next morning once you make your apologies? I think the families of those killed by drunk drivers would say otherwise.

Wow, Dan....

Your criticism of Grant is far more insidious than his comments about Crapo. Most of his release is complimentary. You must have a problem with somebody....very atypical of your work. It appears at this moment your commentary is far more classless than the original.

This Democrat sort of agrees...

....because we all know Grant is a terrible choice to lead the party. Nobody pays any attention to him, yet he thinks he is respected and nobody has the nerve to tell him, sort of sad. I agree that his statement was crass.. "The thing speaks for itself" and required no statements.

BUT. Crapo's statement has. Big hole in it, the part where he should have said that his actions put people in danger and apologizing for that.

You guys are making me sick beyond my usual w/this drivel.

Knock it off, like it's a holier than thou thing?

Grow up and pipe down.

You will learn someday, then they'll likely put you in a home or bury you.

Nothing left for you after 1-2-3 I gather. BAH.

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Grant's comment seemed

Grant's comment seemed restrained esp in contrast to some of the things posted here. Popkey, you are the one who made a mountain out of a molehill.

So, Wendy...he's your dad apparently. He does that well.

Other than he didn't teach you better manners possibly.

I just don't like his work as the leader of the Democratic Party in Idaho.

It isn't about the lack of voters choosing his party, honestly. I just don't get much from listening to him when he's interviewed and feel like things could be different.

You interjected a ridiculous attack on Sunnysloper, claiming he acted gay instead of critisizing things that might make a difference in his philosophy.

I hope you'll apologize for that and move on. You blew up. I could expect that. The entire nation has been played with wholesale for the last two decades and we're now exhausted, jaded and angry.

Oddly enough, I haven't seen this sort of rancorous abandon in the comments on the newspaper site in the capital of that truly embattled state of California, sacbee dot com.

Our financial troubles are bad but can't be more than peanuts compared to them, or Washington state. What makes the difference is the attitude offered to the solution.

There is a ways to go.

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classless?

Grants comments are far less negative than today's Statesman editorial. How about a comment on that, Dan?

What WAS that ed piece about? I never left home that day.

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