Sen. Chuck Graham, under pressure from Republicans to resign following his drunk driving arrest last weekend, said he doesn’t have a drinking problem and has no plans to ditch his re-election campaign.
“This is an opportunity for me to emerge as a better person who is healthy and a strong public servant,” the Columbia Democrat said. “I don’t think I have a problem.”
Graham said he has not drank since Saturday. "I’m not drinking, and I’m excited about it. I'm excited about having improved physical and mental health.”
Graham did, however, drop the idea for having a cash bar at his campaign kickoff last night.
The Columbia Tribune asked if Graham had ever been involved in drunk driving before, and his answer is a bit worrisome:
“Not that I’m aware of.”
The article continues:
As a legislator, Graham voted to cut funding for the Missouri Division of Liquor Control and supported easing restrictions on bars’ proximity to churches and schools. He said Friday he stands by those votes and doesn’t believe his arrest will hinder him as a legislator.