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Brad Johnson The Latest Montana Republican with an Alcohol Issue

Do Montana Republican politicians not understand the relationship between alcohol and intoxication? From the Billings Gazette, we learn that another Republican has some issues with alcohol:

Brad Johnson, a former Montana secretary of state and a Republican candidate for Public Service Commission in District 5, has been charged with drunken driving after he was stopped last week on U.S. Highway 12 east of Helena.

The most amazing part of the story isn’t that Johnson wasn’t in a boat or even that his BAC was three times the legal limit; it’s that he doesn’t seem to believe that he did anything wrong:

Johnson, 59, said he’s convinced he was not in violation of Montana’s DUI law, although a breathalyzer test showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.24 percent – three times the legal limit for drunken driving.
"The thing that has really come out of this experience for me is, that I think it’s incredibly stupid to have so much as a sip of alcohol and get behind the wheel," he said. "I’ll never let it happen again."

A sip? By most definitions, a sip doesn’t mean 12-15 beers or other drinks. This isn’t a joking matter—assuming the allegations are true, Johnson endangered lives, and lacks the judgment to be elected to office.

At what point does party that claims to represent law and order actually start to follow it?

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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