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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.