It's an elite club that includes former Supreme Court Justice Bobbie Bridge, ex-King County Assessor Scott Noble and onetime King County Council member Jane Hague. Now, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is a member.
The club: prominent officials who have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Dorn's initiation came early Sunday morning, according to a report this morning in The News Tribune.
What had he been up to?
In a brief statement released today, he says: "On Saturday night, my wife and I and our family attended a community event where I drank beer with dinner. Later, while driving home, I was stopped and cited by local law enforcement."
Dorn says he won't discuss any other details of the incident, calling it a "personal legal matter." But wherever he was, he must have been having fun. He was driving home at 1:30 a.m. when he was stopped by Orting police near the city's high school.
He was not taken to jail, something that Orting city Prosecutor Aaron Walls says is "not uncommon" in DUI cases. He says the police have not yet forwarded the case for review, nor has he been able to reach officers on the case. The department's phone line has been busy, presumably because of all the interest in this case.
Dorn was something of a rebel when he won an upset victory against former Superintendent Terry Bergeson two years ago. A onetime legislator then heading a union representing custodians, secretaries and other non-teaching staff in schools, he railed against the WASL, which he said took up far too much of students' time.
In office, he instructed his staff to draw up new, shorter tests. Lately, he has taken Governor Chris Gregoire and the Legislature to task over what he portrayed as a timid education reform bill that is unlikely to impress the Obama administration and win federal "Race to the Top" funding. He didn't get anywhere with legislators, however. Could be he needed a drink or two after that.