More from the “Genius Politicians and Their Libidos” File

VIA TPMuckraker:  With Drunk Driving Charge, Voter ID Bill Sponsor Might Not Have A License Anymore:

The sponsor of an Ohio bill which restricts access to the ballot box was arrested back in April on drunk driving charges while he had a 26-year-old woman in his car and Viagra in his system, according to police reports.

On April 23, an Indiana state trooper pulled Rep. Robert Mecklenborg over for a burned out headlight on a 2004 Lexus he was driving. After failing three separate field sobriety tests, Mecklenborg allegedly refused to take a breath test and was placed under arrest. A blood test later revealed that he had recently taken a Viagra.

First:  since when do police drug tests check for Viagra? 

Second:  yes, he is married and the 26 year-old allegedly has connections to a strip club near the site of the arrest.

And an FYI:  the Ohio voter ID bill in question only requires a photo ID, not a state-issued one, so if he should lose his driver’s license, he may not have to bother with getting state ID to vote.

A news account of the arrest, which took place in Indiana, can be found here:  State Rep. Arrested On Drunken Driving Charge.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Jay Tea says:

    I believe all states offer a non-driver’s ID. I had a friend who had one; he called it his “license not to drive.” It looked just like a driver’s license, with a big “NON DRIVER” across it.


  2. Jay Tea says:

    Further, I suspect he volunteered about the dicker-picker-upper, hoping that it would explain away his blood alcohol content test. “Officer, if my blood alcohol comes back too high, it’s because I took these little blue pills.” Drunk people do stupid things.


  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    Indiana: Come for the race cars, stay for the strippers just far enough away from your home that you might not be caught.