King County Council member Jane Hague finally got around to her politically expedient apology yesterday for, well, not because she drove while she was all liquored up, but for her behavior thereafter.
With her political consultant at her side, she told the Times she had been "rude and abusive" to arresting officers and said to the P-I, "I treated them badly." She'll never drink and drive again, she vowed, but that's no big deal because booze isn't a problem: After she was nabbed in June and scored a .14 on the breath-alcohol exam, she says, she later underwent a private alcoholism evaluation. "Fortunately, there was no problem that was uncovered." Missing from her statement and the stories was clear reference that her mia culpa does not extend into the courtroom. She continues to deny she was driving drunk, and has had the breath test at least temporarily (her attorney says permanently) thrown out. In other words, she behaved like a drunk, but she wasn't driving like one.