Recalled Wisconsin Republican arrested for driving drunk

By David Edwards
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 9:53 EDT
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Former Wisconsin State Sen. Randy Hopper (R) 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.

If found guilty, Hopper could have his license revoked and have to pay a fine.

“If his driver’s license is taken away, will Hopper now even be able to cast a vote next year in Wisconsin, in the wake of the polling place Photo ID restrictions that Hopper and the Republican Party jammed through the legislature as part of their new voter suppression laws?” blogger Brad Friedman wondered. “Will he have to face the same ridiculous hoops that other citizens have been met with in order to do so?”

The Wisconsin Republican lost his seat in an August recall election, largely because he voted for Walker’s bill that stripped public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Hopper’s wife and maid even signed the petition to recall him after he abandoned his family to move in with Cass.

Photo: Fox 6

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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