The following statement was released by the Idaho Democratic Party in response to the Sunday morning arrest of Idaho's senior United States senator:
Senator Mike Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning by Alexandria police in the D.C. area after he ran a stoplight and was suspected of driving under the influence. The breathalyzer test he received measure his blood alcohol content at .111.
The news that Senator Mike Crapo had been arrested came as a shock to many Idahoans who might have considered Crapo to be the least likely of Idaho's delegation to be in a mess such as this. And as the chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party notes, whether the Idaho Republican Party wants to admit it or not, they have the appearance of an organization bent on embarrassing the state they represent.
This is the second time in less than six years that Idaho has been in the news for a U.S. senator's arrest. Larry Craig, of course, was arrested in 2007 for lewd conduct in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.