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CA: "Family Values" Senator Ashburn Gets DUI Leaving Gay Bar
KTLA ^ | March 4, 2010

Posted on 03/05/2010 10:53:33 AM PST by lainie

SACRAMENTO -- The county district attorney says Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn's blood-alcohol level was .14 percent when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after leaving Faces, a gay bar and nightclub.

Ashburn has voted against every gay rights measure the senate has voted upon, according to Project Vote Smart.

The California Highway Patrol says the Bakersfield lawmaker was arrested early Wednesday after he was spotted driving erratically. Ashburn was taken to the Sacramento County Jail, booked and then released.

Ashburn, the married father of four, was reportedly driving with a male passenger who was not identified.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, Shelly Orio, said Thursday that a breath test showed Ashburn's blood alcohol level was .06 percent above the legal limit.

He was released on $1,400 bond.

The lawmaker was a no-show on the Senate floor Thursday. The state-owned vehicle he was driving when he was arrested has been impounded at the Capitol, Senate sergeant-at-arms Tony Beard Jr. said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: alcohol; ashburn; drivebymedia; dui; homosexualagenda; logcabin; royashburn; samesexmarriage
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Allow me to sum up:

A married father of four, career politician/Bakersfield RINO left a gay bar around 2 a.m., registered .14 on the breathalyzer when arrested in a state-owned vehicle, and the unknown male in his car has yet to be identified.


1 posted on 03/05/2010 10:53:33 AM PST by lainie
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To: lainie

SIXTH WORD.

Name that party in full swing.

THis guy is TOAST.


2 posted on 03/05/2010 10:54:46 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

Had it been a Democrat engaged in wrongdoing, the party affiliation would either be buried or omitted entirely.


3 posted on 03/05/2010 10:55:43 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: lainie

How does that saying go?... Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.


4 posted on 03/05/2010 10:56:29 AM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: lainie; Revolting cat!
after leaving Faces, a gay bar and nightclub

Did they get the name of the club right?

5 posted on 03/05/2010 10:56:40 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: lainie

I don’t think there’s anything hypocritical or wrong about being gay and at the same time believing in upholding the traditional definition of marriage.


6 posted on 03/05/2010 10:56:40 AM PST by arista
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To: lainie

With friends like this.....


7 posted on 03/05/2010 10:57:14 AM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: lainie

He looks like a pole smoker


8 posted on 03/05/2010 10:57:14 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: lainie

9 posted on 03/05/2010 10:57:23 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: lainie

Oh thats just too rich. Delicious Irony.


10 posted on 03/05/2010 10:57:26 AM PST by world weary
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To: dirtboy
Had it been a Democrat engaged in wrongdoing, the party affiliation would either be buried or omitted entirely.

Even if he had been a Democrat and the party affiliation was not mentioned, would this really have been considered a bad thing from that perspective? If anything it would be a resume enhancer.

11 posted on 03/05/2010 10:57:28 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: lainie
Ashburn, the married father of four, was reportedly driving with a male passenger who was not identified.

Looks like the Senator was busted with a Live Boy.

12 posted on 03/05/2010 10:57:45 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: lainie
"The state-owned vehicle he was driving when he was arrested has been impounded at the Capitol,"

California has budget deficits for as far as they eye can see, yet their politicians are driving state owned cars? California cannot be saved. Sorry.

13 posted on 03/05/2010 10:57:49 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: lainie

Gay bars are a great place to pick up chicks. Seriously.

But seeing as this fella is married, that defense won’t exactly work.


14 posted on 03/05/2010 10:58:55 AM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: arista

I agree.

I have a few gay friends that think they idea of gay marriage is silly.


15 posted on 03/05/2010 10:59:56 AM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: arista

What’s the weather like on your planet?


16 posted on 03/05/2010 11:01:00 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: lainie

“... a breath test showed Ashburn’s blood alcohol level was .06 percent above the legal limit.”

Everyone knows that you should never take the breath test, but for some reason, I think this guy may have loved blowing on that machine.


17 posted on 03/05/2010 11:01:01 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Retired Greyhound

“I have a few gay friends that think they idea of gay marriage is silly.”

Wait until they discover gay divorce...


18 posted on 03/05/2010 11:02:07 AM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: lainie
Allow me to sum up: A married father of four, career politician/Bakersfield RINO left a gay bar around 2 a.m., registered .14 on the breathalyzer when arrested in a state-owned vehicle, and the unknown male in his car has yet to be identified.

But for *that*, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

19 posted on 03/05/2010 11:02:59 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: lainie

Which is worse, driving drunk, being in a gay bar, being with a male friend,
tax cheating, fraud?


20 posted on 03/05/2010 11:04:23 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: arista

I agree with you.


21 posted on 03/05/2010 11:04:34 AM PST by fml
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To: lainie
Reminds me of a joke...

John L.Sullivan-"I'm John L Sullivan,and I can lick any man in the house!"

Bar Patron- "So,is this your first time in a gay bar?"

22 posted on 03/05/2010 11:05:21 AM PST by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: arista
I don’t think there’s anything hypocritical or wrong about being gay and at the same time believing in upholding the traditional definition of marriage.

I agree. Being a woman didn't mean one automatically thought ERA was the way to go, either. Not that I'm defending drunk driving or cheating on your marriage, but certainly I don't see what those activities or your preferences have to do with your view of the definition of marriage or what should be law.

23 posted on 03/05/2010 11:05:36 AM PST by JustSurrounded (Want to see transformative? Pass the Enumerated Powers Act (H111-450, S111-1319))
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To: trumandogz
Everyone knows that you should never take the breath test, but for some reason, I think this guy may have loved blowing on that machine.

*Everyone* knows? Refusing the breath test is actually fairly bad legal advice in many states, my own included. The penalty for refusing far exceed the consequences of a DUI conviction.

24 posted on 03/05/2010 11:05:37 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: lainie

Had it been a ‘RAT, the article would have been about police brutality and discrimination against “gays”.


25 posted on 03/05/2010 11:06:05 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you liked 2009, you're going to LOVE 2010!!!!!)
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To: lainie

>> A married father of four, career politician/Bakersfield RINO left a gay bar around 2 a.m., registered .14 on the breathalyzer when arrested in a state-owned vehicle, and the unknown male in his car has yet to be identified.

Completely repugnant.

SnakeDoc


26 posted on 03/05/2010 11:06:43 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly? [...] I'm not getting a sig on my beeper.)
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To: lainie
""Ashburn has voted against every gay rights measure the senate has voted upon, according to Project Vote Smart."

Nice try Queenie...you just blew your cover.

27 posted on 03/05/2010 11:07:15 AM PST by gitmogrunt ((.))
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To: arista

I don’t think there’s anything hypocritical or wrong about being gay and at the same time believing in upholding the traditional definition of marriage.


If you have a thinking cap, put it on..................


28 posted on 03/05/2010 11:07:44 AM PST by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I did not realize that there were states where the Fifth Amendment was not recognized.


29 posted on 03/05/2010 11:08:18 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz

>> Everyone knows that you should never take the breath test, but for some reason, I think this guy may have loved blowing on that machine.

You should only refuse the breath test if you’re drunk ... you’re gonna get rung up either way, but the evidence will be less conclusive.

If you’re sober, you should NEVER refuse the breath test.

SnakeDoc


30 posted on 03/05/2010 11:08:44 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly? [...] I'm not getting a sig on my beeper.)
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To: HairOfTheDog
The penalty for refusing far exceed the consequences

How so?
31 posted on 03/05/2010 11:08:46 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: HairOfTheDog

Not hardly.
They can suspend your license for a period of time, but that’s about it.

EVERY lawyer I know (and I know quite a few) say to REFUSE any test.


32 posted on 03/05/2010 11:10:32 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Retired Greyhound; arista
"I have a few gay friends that think they idea of gay marriage is silly."

Exactly.

33 posted on 03/05/2010 11:11:27 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Excellent caveat (which I forgot myself).


34 posted on 03/05/2010 11:11:31 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: SnakeDoctor

Of course, if you have not been drinking you may want to take the Breathalyzer. However, if you have even had just one or two you should not take the breath test.

And if you are rolling out of a gay barn so drunk off your a$$, you are an idiot for blowing.


35 posted on 03/05/2010 11:14:08 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: jessduntno
Wait until they discover gay divorce...

I have a lawyer friend who thinks it would be a gold mine.

36 posted on 03/05/2010 11:15:21 AM PST by lonestar (Better Obama picks his nose than our pockets!)
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To: lainie

“....and the unknown male in his car has yet to be identified.”

How difficult is it to “identify” Barry Soetoro?


37 posted on 03/05/2010 11:16:09 AM PST by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: LearsFool

Maybe I’m missing something. Things aren’t always as they seem. Just because he was in a gay bar with a male friend doen’t mean that he is a hypocrite nor gay. I have a gay friend that isn’t in favor of special privileges for gays. There are straights that go to gay bars too.


38 posted on 03/05/2010 11:16:29 AM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Blow tests are inaccurate, and the quality and reliability of the software that runs them has been seriously called into question.

Better a blood test if you know you’re not drunk.


39 posted on 03/05/2010 11:16:48 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: lainie

Termed out sell-out busted for doing what comes naturally to those without ethics or morals.

This is one of the RINOS who helped the Rats pass the tax increases on Californians last year because he got “his” promise from the Rats.

Choke on your 30 pieces of silver now you douche bag!


40 posted on 03/05/2010 11:18:03 AM PST by SZonian (There are times when we have to tell loved ones truths that hurt. We do so because we care for them.)
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To: oneamericanvoice

I’m not gay, but have worked in a gay bar, and I can tell you that 99.999% of men that get drunk in a gay bar and leave the bar with another man are gay.


41 posted on 03/05/2010 11:19:15 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz

>> And if you are rolling out of a gay barn so drunk off your a$$, you are an idiot for blowing.

Par for the course... you’re also an idiot for being in a gay bar, for leaving a gay bar with a dude in tow, for being drunk off your ass, for betraying your wife and FOUR kids, and for “blowing” anything (breathalyzer or otherwise).

Sounds like an idiot from top-to-bottom (no pun intended).

SnakeDoc


42 posted on 03/05/2010 11:20:10 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly? [...] I'm not getting a sig on my beeper.)
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To: lainie

Ohh geeeshh.. nothing to see here folks,, move along,, just a Carole Migden mixed up moment I’m sure.. yeah that’s it. he’s on male supplements or sumthin’. :-)


43 posted on 03/05/2010 11:20:40 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: lainie

I love it when self richeous a-holes get busted!


44 posted on 03/05/2010 11:21:51 AM PST by WellyP
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To: oneamericanvoice

>> Things aren’t always as they seem. Just because he was in a gay bar with a male friend doen’t mean that he is a hypocrite nor gay. I have a gay friend that isn’t in favor of special privileges for gays. There are straights that go to gay bars too.

He’s married with FOUR kids. He left a gay bar with a guy. He drove drunk. Some example. If he was just an unsuspecting straight married father-of-four ... he’s too stupid to govern.

SnakeDoc


45 posted on 03/05/2010 11:22:37 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly? [...] I'm not getting a sig on my beeper.)
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To: lainie

OMG were you listen to John and Ken yesterday at 2pm hour they were talking about this


46 posted on 03/05/2010 11:22:46 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: WellyP

Yeah, it just proves those values he’s espousing are not valid in the first place, doesn’t it?


47 posted on 03/05/2010 11:24:10 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Yes, I am sure all of this blows for the senator.


48 posted on 03/05/2010 11:25:11 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: WellyP

Me too.


49 posted on 03/05/2010 11:26:00 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: presently no screen name; trumandogz
The penalty for refusing far exceed the consequences

How so?

These laws are very local, so check your own state, but in mine, WA... If you refuse the breathalyzer, your license is revoked for a year - which is much worse than the possible suspension you may get, if convicted, going to trial. As it is now, with other options you can negotiate in a plea, your license may not be suspended at all.

Revocation is as if you never had a license. When your revocation period is up, you must retake the driving test like a 16 year old.

The revocation will take place regardless of the outcome of your DUI trial, because the breathalizer is a condition of your license. So it's not a 5th ammendment issue, because your license is a privilege.

This presumes a breathalizer given after arrest.

Roadside breathalizers used to gather probable cause, like any other roadside sobriety tests, can be refused. You do not have to walk the line. You do not have to say the alphabet backwards or do any other roadside tests. They'll probably arrest you anyway, but at least they don't have you acting a fool on camera. Once arrested, you should not refuse the breathalizer. They can, and will, order a blood test and get your BAC anyway.

The breathalyzer is only part of the evidence, *after* your arrest. Assuming the officer can meet probable cause for the arrest, which isn't hard.

50 posted on 03/05/2010 11:26:33 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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