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April 27, 2004

No drinking

Gov. Gary Locke’s urging Monday of judges not to drink in public is puzzling, considering the governor’s signature has been on legislation supporting Washington’s wine industry.

Locke, apparently a teetotaler himself, urged participants in the Superior Court Judges Association conference to take a pledge against drinking in public or at least hold themselves to one drink. In the audience was state Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge, who was arrested last year for drunken driving and received a deferred sentence.

For sure, elected officials, all adults for that matter, should conduct themselves in an appropriate and responsible way. Bridge did not and she is paying the consequences with community service and possibly the loss of her seat when she comes up for election.

Locke seemed to forget he was talking to a group of distinguished adults who should be able to set their own boundaries of behavior without a sanctimonious lecture from a governor, who urges public abstinence on one hand but also has been a big supporter of the state’s burgeoning wine industry.

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Posted by Kate Riley at April 27, 2004 12:06 PM



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