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Rep. Jeffrey Wood, Another Example Of Wisconsin Drinking Culture

December 15, 2008

This is the type of thing that makes me really angry.   In addition to the whole notion of getting behind the wheel like intoxicated, the person in question here, Rep. Jeffrey Wood, is an elected official.  What a great example for the kids in Bloomer, Wisconsin.  The trouble is how many parents of those kids do not really see the problem that we have as a state with our drinking culture?  That is not to pick on Bloomer, pick any locale, and the same is true.

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Wisconsin State Representative Jeffrey Wood, as shown above, in what will become the political ad for his future opponents.

My aim here is not to embarrass Rep. Wood.  (He already has done that to himself.) I, in fact, like some of his political points of view.  I applauded his stand against his own (former) party, and thought him courageous.  But there is a need to highlight, I think, this type of drinking incidence over and over until we all get it in our heads.

It is NOT OK to drink and drive.

Leave aside the fact that this guy makes the laws, and therefore should truly respect them.  The fact that he was putting other lives in danger over his desire to drive while intoxicated is really a chilling thought if you actually sit down and ponder it.  I know we hear this so often that we forget the real consequences to this type of behavior.  But drinking and driving  has horrible effects on those that are impacted.

I hope not just to hear, ” I am sorry” from Rep. Wood.  Instead I want to hear more of a public discussion on ways to combat this social ill.  From those who run the establishments and make money on this matter, to those who belly up to the bar, there has to be a better appreciation for the consequences of drinking and driving.

8 Comments
  1. April 23, 2010 2:17 PM

    The recent actions of the wisconsin legislature in regards to Representative Jeff Woods for simply choosing to censure him on his three violations of DUI and possession and use of drug paraphenilia is another example of government behavior which I find truly appalling. Protecting one of their own simply reaffirms my desires to vote out anyone and everyone who voted to only give him a slap on the wrist for his indecent and law breaking behavior.

  2. Wes Scott permalink
    September 29, 2009 6:48 PM

    Fired! Vote him out of office. A embarrassment to our good state.
    Now the Chief of Police in Bayfield has done the same.

  3. Polly Baker permalink
    September 26, 2009 11:48 AM

    Interesting enough, Rep Jeffery S Wood was pulled over yet again for possible drunk driving. The current charges last I looked were reckless driving. Now he is supposedly checking himself into rehab. The AG Peg Lautenschlager is another drunk. Yep, it is the Wisconsin drink culture where it is ok to get multiple OWI’s often in the double digits. Just read any small town newspaper. These people are ticking time bombs who are going to one day seriously injure or kill someone due to their choice of driving under the influence. Both AG Peg Lautenschlager and Rep Jeffery S Wood have even landed themsleves on watchdog groups like Copwatch.net who will post photos, and whatever else is public info.

  4. Patrick permalink
    December 17, 2008 11:42 PM

    The problem is not with out “drinking culture” its with our “lack of punishment culture.” Lets all come together to blame drunk drivers, to refuse to accept the usual “bad choices” B.S. and lock this guy up. This was his fault. He knew what he was doing. It was a deliberate choice, not a bad one. Perhaps we might consider circumstances with a first time offender, but not more than that.

  5. Jody Thompson permalink
    December 16, 2008 5:39 PM

    ” My aim here is not to embarrass Rep. Wood ”

    No? It sure seems that way. LOL then @ your choice of “non-embarassing” photo. Yep, I can feel the love. Did we just witness the birth of the “Compassionate Liberal” ?

    But in any case, I’ll have to assume then that your intention, if not to embarass Wood, was to make yourself look like a self-righteous and opportunistic bag of snark. As per…

    But perhaps this screed will enlighten the masses, yeah that’s what’ll happen, I can feel it.
    Si, se puede.

  6. December 16, 2008 2:34 AM

    Have a glass of lemonade on me.

    http://thezspot.today.com/2008/12/15/lemonade-award/

  7. December 15, 2008 5:17 PM

    Don’t forget the marijuana and pipe found in his car, too.

  8. December 15, 2008 3:30 PM

    WI has problems but drunk driving issues go further. Recently (at a Christmas party at a posh restaurant in the greater Chicago area) my husband asked what non-alch. beverages he could chose from. The hosts volunteered “We have beer.”

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