Note to city political figures: Do not ask reporters to join you for a drink. Richard McIver asked Aimee Curl and ended up in jail.

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Driving While Politician

Note to city political figures: Do not ask reporters to join you for a drink. Richard McIver asked Aimee Curl and ended up in jail. Venus Velazquez asked Joel Connelly and wound up under arrest.

Council member McIver's still not talking about his subsequent domestic violence charge although council candidate Velazquez, swerving around the Jane Hague mishap, has quickly apologized for her DUI stop (even though she and the county councilwoman both had "just two drinks").

A few weeks from the election, Velazquez's fate is already being decided by the voting public. More telling than the news stories on Velazquez today are reader reactions to them.

Granted, Online comments pages are the modern version of letters-to-the-editor that didn't get run because they were wrong, mean, dumb or libelous. Today, it all gets thrown against the wall.

So in the P-I this morn you can read:

-Common people, democrats have been electing drunken murderers for decades now. Give me a break, does the name Teddy Kennedy ring a bell with any of you?

-...the b*tch has the nerve to say, "I hope people will see themselves in this, too."

-What is the alcohol of choice involved here? My guess is Puerto Rican rum; shaken and not stirred

-Hey, if she wins, sounds like McIver will have someone on the council to drink with.

-Now, if she wants to run for the King County Council, representing Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond, she's got a pretty good shot...

-Hey, she's toned down her drinking since the eighties when her and I were drinking buddies!

And those were the nice ones. But I did appreciate this advice, signed by Itsathought:

"When I ran for Seattle City Council in 1996, I didn't drink until I got home!"

 
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