Mormon Senator Arrested for DUI

By: Mormon Heretic
December 26, 2012

Republican Senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo

On Dec 23, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo was arrested (on Sunday no less) for DUI. He had been driving erratically in Virginia at approximately 12:45 am.  Crapo previously served as bishop of an LDS ward at age 31.  (He is now 61 years old.)

The good news for him is that he is not up for re-election until 2016.  If Ted Kennedy survived killing someone while drunk, Crapo should have no problems getting re-elected.  What are your thoughts?

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17 Responses to Mormon Senator Arrested for DUI

  1. GBSmith on December 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    If he gets through the primary, he’ll do ok. Nobody is going to vote for a democrat no matter what.

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  2. RCL5499 on December 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    He was a Stake President in the Idaho Falls area also.

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  3. mark gibson on December 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    From “A Convert’s Guide to Mormon Life” p. 168

    You’ll never see a headline that says “Baptist Robs Bank” or”Presbyterian Involved in Shoot-Out”. But if a member of the LDS Church gets into trouble, that’s exactly what the headline is going to say.

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  4. Will on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    He is from Idaho and Kennedy was from Massachusetts; he is a Republican and Kennedy was a Democrat. The Good republicans in Idaho won’t tolerate this for a second. He will be gone. If you’re a Democrat, you’ll get reelected as long as you keep promising more handouts.

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  5. Steve on December 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Will –

    Idaho’s Governor has a history of DUIs (and has been re-elected through multi-offices afterward) so I don’t know if your statement will prove accurate.

    The reason Crapo’s religion is being brought into the equation is that he has repeatedly stated, publicly, that he doesn’t drink alcohol BECAUSE he is LDS. There is another LDS Congressman in the State who is a drinker and smoker. But, you never see stories because he is up front about it.

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  6. Vajra on December 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    The story to which you linked did not headline the fact of Senator Crapo’s religion. His religion is mentioned in the body of the article because he has used his religion as a gloss for his “teetotal” persona. Recently, the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco plead guilty to DUI. His religion figured prominently in the articles. Mitt Romney killed someone while driving; he ran for president. He said it was a drunk Catholic priest that caused the accident although there was absolutely no evidence at the time of that.

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  7. alice on December 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    In his apology in the larger story he apologized to everyone but the people of the community in VA he put at risk by driving drunk and running a red light.

    When I was a little girl my best friend’s mother and brother were killed by a drunken driver who ran a stop sign. The lives of the remaining family members were never the same. In more than 50 years I’ve never quite gotten over that shock. For Crapo to have apologized for every theoretical offense without even considering the very real peril and offense he put actual people in disgusts me.

    He can be grateful I’m not a citizen of ID. If I were I would work very hard for his opponent.

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  8. Will on December 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM


    I said Good republicans. He will be out as he will defeated in the primary.

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  9. Roger Williams on December 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    ThE media coverage in Texas made no mention of Mr. Crapo’s religious affiliation. The God-fearing people of East Texas (part of the buckle on the Bible Belt) elected and re-elected Charlie Wilson for more than a generation even though he was a complete and utter rogue because Charlie never pretended to be otherwise. Now, if Mr. Crapo has held himself out as a white-shirt every-fiber-of-his-being Iron Rod, he could have a problem assuming a sentient electorate in Idaho

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  10. Douglas on December 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    If Sen. Crapo isn’t persuaded to resign, then he’s got a shot to live this one down. If he used his now-discredited adherence to his LDS faith as a character reference; then his credibility is damaged. It’s not unfair for the press in that case to have pointed it out, being hoisted on one’s own petard is fair in the political realm.
    Just proves that the Church is for the perfecting of the Saints, and all of us could use that ‘perfecting’ (or as Cab Calloway said to the late John Belushi as his Jake Blues persona, “you could use some Churchin’ up!”), Brother Crapo’s need to deal with a Word of Wisdom and an honesty issue being evident.
    The press actually did a good job to not pay the Church a backhanded compliment. By what reports I’ve seen in the press, they attribute it more to Sen. Crapo’s personal failings rather than any perceived deficiencies in the LDS faith.

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  11. Chris on December 27, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    This report should serve as a cautionary tale that not all bishops and stake presidents are as virtuous as they pretend to be. Many of them are committing more heinous offenses that drunken driving.

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  12. Douglas on December 27, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    #11 – it would be better said that the Lord is constrained by the very fact that He has to pick Bishops and Stake Presidents from not only the “Hew-Mon” race, but the male portion at that, and they are, as Sarek of Vulcan would (or will sometime in the 22nd century) say, “So Human”. I’d prefer to think that darned few of the some 3,000 Stake Presidents and 22,000 Bishops are committing “more heinous offenses than drunk driving”, but I’m not naive that there isn’t hypocrisy and grievous sin in the Church, even at the high levels. Of course, any number greater than zero is unacceptable.
    I don’t necessarily judge Brother Crapo for violating the Word of Wisdom (I’ve been guilty of same at times) though I haven’t driven blitzed or even buzzed in over 30 years (I was lucky to have never been busted for it), but it reminds me that there are those in my circles who know of my faith and look to me for the example…or at least will use my slackness as excuse for their own. The lesson, I guess, is that we not only can’t presume to hide our foibles from the Lord, but even our fellow man isn’t fooled, so we actually have to practice what we preach (James 1:22)

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  13. Nick Literski on December 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Will, I don’t believe your above responses for a moment. I think that if you were an Idaho citizen, you’d vote for this Republican’s re-election in a heartbeat, so long as he wasn’t caught having sex with a man.

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  14. Stephen R. Marsh on December 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Well, Larry Echohawk got elected to statewide office in Idaho. So some Democrats at some times get elected.

    The real issue has to do with what facts surround his being drunk and not taking a cab home.

    I’m not sure the relationship between this story and the passing cheap shot at Romney in the comments.

    Anyway, should be interesting.

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  15. Will on December 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    As for Bishops and Stake Presidents, they are men. Hopefully they are men that are approachable, compassionate and full of mercy. Hopefully they are relatable to the youth that are involved in drugs (which includes alcohol) or pornography/masturbation, which is MOST of them – I would say all of the youth in some form. Hopefully they are a champion of change and will do anything for someone trying to better their life or overcome a weakness.

    As for their personal faults and follies, they too fall short of the glory of God. They too need compassion, mercy and understanding. They too need the atonement. So Nick, you’re probably right, if Crapo makes a true effort to repent, I probably would forgive him and move on.

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  16. Douglas on December 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    #15 – the comparison with the late Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick is perfectly apropos. Sure, there was probably sentiment that the Kennedy family, by losing his three older brothers before their time (one a WWII casualty who likely WOULD have been Papa Joe’s protege instead of Jack, and Jack and Bobby being each felled by an assassin’s bullet(s).), had suffered enough. Of course, up until then, any member of Congress who’d be caught in a compromising position with a young female staffer AND she dies in an auto accident, possibly due to his negligence and/or cowardice, would have known better than to even ask…his resignation would have been on the desk of the President Pro Tempore (or, for the House, the Speaker of the House) the following morning. If that member stalled in getting the resignation letter typed up, it’d have been produced for him by the party leader or one of the whips and put before him to sign. In those days, both major parties understood that if your dirty deeds became public, you were finished. But not so with the Kennedy clan. Between Papa Joe and a sympathetic press the foibles of Jack and Bobby, including tag-teaming Marilyn Monroe, were some of the worst-kept secrets about DC in the sixties. Teddy though he could get away with his own amateurish hijinks, but he was the screwup of the family. It’s a shame that Papa Joe, who left aside a lucrative trade (he was a “Rummy”, and his Liberty-engine-powered speedboats ran circles around the Coast Guard cutters, which were bribed to not puruse TOO ardently anyway), and was as much as Wall Street insider as any, nevertheless took FDR’s request to chair the SEC and clean up the financial sector (because he knew who the bad actors were and how the game was played) and rendered in that day a great service to his country. It’s a shame that the old man put his family’s political aspirations ahead of the good of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the USA, and pulled the right strings to get his boy off lightly and keep Teddy’s political career viable. Not only for the damage that pathetic excuse for a man wrought, but also the message that the halls of Congress were up for sale.
    If Brother Crapo had a shred of honor and is truly repentant, he’ll resign. It’s not as if another Republican won’t take his place, and the pension is cushy anyway.

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  17. James Lawrence on April 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    What a big deal. He has as much right to get drunk as anyone else. It will not matter that perhaps someone else got him drunk, and we don’t even know what he was drunk on. Also is dose not matter that drinking parties go on all the time in the D.C. area. Some of those parties these Senators have to attend or be crusified for not going. He is not a drinking man, but thats not to say he hasn’t drinked punch that is spiked. I hope he can get this behind him and get on with his life.

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