State Representative Jeffrey Wood Must Resign, Get Real Help
Watching someone’s life spin out of control is difficult to witness. Worse yet is when a person’s downward slide has the potential to injure or even kill others. Sadly, that is the case of Wisconsin State Representative Jeffrey Wood.
There has been no joy for anyone as we witness the police videos again and again of an intoxicated member of the Wisconsin Legislature being arrested in various parts of the state. Each time it happens I look at the face of Representative Wood and he seems to be so lost. I do not mean ‘lost’ in the sense that he is so intoxicated, but rather that he is in a lot of internal angst, and seems unable to get free from it. In the videos Wood never seems to shy away from what by now he knows to be a camera in the squad car, or even seems embarrassed by what is happening. He just seems resigned to it all. Clearly he needs help.
On Wednesday Wood was arrested the fifth time for driving while intoxicated, the third time that has happened in less than a year. There are two issues that now must be addressed. The first is that Wood can no longer be allowed to serve as a member of the legislature. There are some standards that must be met, and lines that can not be crossed, while serving the public. He has not only brought embarrassment to himself, but also to the entire State Assembly. That must not be allowed to continue.
While Representative Steve Nass has introduced a resolution for the expulsion of Wood from the Assembly, I think it would be better if ‘the gentleman from the 67th’ showed a little honor and resigned. After all that has transpired this year there is no classy way to exit the stage. But, one way or the other Representative Wood must now leave the Legislature. By resigning Wood can at least conclude this public episode by doing the right thing for his constituents, and the Assembly he was elected to serve honorably in when the public placed their faith in him. If Wood does not resign at once, there is no other option than to support Nass and vote for the resolution. To pretend, as some Democrats are doing, that Wood needs to be convicted before expulsion can take place shows a lack of common sense, and good judgment. Democrats need to be reminded that there is no way to pick a piece of dog crap up by the clean end. It just can’t happen.
Second and just as important, I wish that after Jeffrey Wood resigns he enter a treatment facility and stay there for a period of time. I want him to get counseling and the treatment that he so desperately needs. As I have stated before on my blog I wish that Wood could bounce back from this time in his life and work to show others the problems of too much alcohol in our society. If he were to do that then this year, and all the problems he has faced, will have served a purpose.
We all wish the best for Jeffery Wood as he fights his addictions.