State Republican jailbirds - Randy Hopper (WI) and Curry Todd (TN)
1) Former Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper arrested on DUI charges
Former Wisconsin State Sen. Randy Hopper (R), who lost his seat in August from the recall elections, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated Sunday after someone complained to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department that his black Suburban was “all over the road.”
When deputies caught up with Hopper in the Festival Foods parking lot, there was a single passenger car, 25-year-old mistress Valerie Cass, a former lobbyist who was given a job by Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) administration under suspicious circumstances.
“The person who called it in followed (the SUV) into the parking lot because they obviously wanted something done since he (Hopper) was all over the road,” Chief Deputy Mark Strand told FDLReporter.
Hopper was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. He refused to take a breath test.
Hours later, the former state senator did take a preliminary breath test (PBT) while cooling his heels on a 12-hold in a jail cell. Strand would only say that the results were over .08 legal blood alcohol limit.
2) Tennessee Republican state Rep. Curry Todd arrested for DUI and illegal handgun possession
Tennessee Republican state Rep. Curry Todd, who once compared undocumented immigrants to "rats" was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday night and charged with drunken driving and possession of a handgun under the influence.
At around 11:15 Tuesday night, Rep. Todd was stopped in his GMC Envoy in Nashville. The AP reports that he allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer. A loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special was also allegedly found in his vehicle.
The AP adds that Todd is also a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow handgun carry permit holders to bring guns into bars.