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Wisconsin GOP official resigns after drunken crash with kids in car

By David Ferguson
Saturday, August 6, 2011 21:01 EDT
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Columbia County Republican Party chair Amber Hahn resigned on Friday after drunkenly crashing a car carrying herself and her three children, according to The Wisconsin State Journal.

Hahn, 35, crashed her car Thursday night while driving drunk. No other vehicles were involved and fortunately no one was injured. Police were summoned by the car’s On-Star call system.

Jane Kohlwey, the Columbia County District Attorney, also a Republican, has requested that a special prosecutor from neighboring Dane county handle the case. Ms. Hahn, a Poynette School Board Member and volunteer firefighter said in her resignation statement, “It is clear to me now that I have lost focus and I am trying to do too much. I have an addiction to alcohol and need to address it.”

UPDATE: Ms. Hahn is also the GOP official who appeared on Fox News last February masquerading as an “upset Wisconsin parent” weighing in on the issue of public school teachers teaching union history in the classroom. Neither Ms. Hahn nor the hosts and producers of “Fox and Friends” felt the need to disclose that Hahn was a Republican activist and local GOP chair.

Video of the misleading appearance, via Media Matters, is embedded below:

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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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