>Anti-gay politician arrested for DUI after leaving gay night club


We all should admit it: we love catching hypocritical politicians red-handed. In the latest series of politicians not practicing what they preach, California State Senator Roy Ashburn was arrested early Wednesday morning for driving under the influence after leaving Faces, a Sacramento gay club.

According to CBS 13, Ashburn, right, (mug shot taken by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office) had a blood alcohol level of .14 when he was arrested for driving near the state capitol, almost twice as high than the California legal limit of .08 percent.

Ashburn released a statement following the incident:

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did. I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me – my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate.”

Ironically (?), Sen. Ashburn is well known for his anti-gay rights stance. According to Project Vote Smart, he’s voted against every gay rights legislation proposed in the state legislature, including Harvey Milk Day, recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriage and expanding anti-discrimination laws.

As we all know, Ashburn is the latest in a slew of Republican lawmakers who tout the preservation of “traditional family values” while on their day jobs, but dive into an entirely different mode after hours. Talking Points Memo has a slide show of these social conservatives and their fall from grace. From the likes of:

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Larry Craig, the former Idaho senator who practiced the “wide stance,” who pleaded guilty for disorderly conduct after soliciting sex from an undercover cop in a Minneapolis bathroom.


South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who lied to his people about hiking on the Appalachian Trail for days when he was really visiting his mistress in Argentina. 

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Nevada Senator John Ensign, who admitted to having an affair with the wife of another staffer.

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Former New York Republican Representative Vito Fossella, who after being arrested for drunk driving, admitted he had an affair and subsequent child with another woman.


Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who was linked to a D.C. Madam’s escort service.

The infamous Ted Haggard, the evangelical pastor who resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after it was discovered he took meth and “patronized” a male prostitute. 

It’s amazing how these self-proclaimed guards of traditional family values and reactionary politicians tend to whistle a different tune when it comes to their lives. It’s no less compelling that these values pushers like to pigeon-hold the American public to a set of morals and standards they have no intention of following.