Georgia State Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Representative Kip Smith, the same Kip Smith who wants all welfare recipients to be subject to drug tests, has a problem; he ran a red light early in the morning and he failed a field sobriety test.
Kip, whose real name is John Andrew Smith, first told police he hadn’t been drinking.
“I asked him again, and he stated he had consumed a single beer at Hal’s. I noticed also that Mr. Smith’s eyes were watery, and I asked him to exit the vehicle, which he did,” the arresting officer said in his report.
Smith told the officer he’d had the beer 45 minutes earlier, and the officer asked him to blow into a hand-held “intoximeter”. The officer said the lawmaker refused, stating he would prefer to go to a clinic or the hospital to get tested.
The officer said Smith finally agreed to blow into the device. The report stated that Smith blew a .091, which is above the legal limit of .08.
So, not only is Smith obtuse, but he’s a liar too.
Funny thing about all this is Smith’s one of those new GOTP types who’s a disciple of right-wing rhetoric and believes anyone on public assistance is a drug addict out to rip off society; of course recent studies in Florida aside which found less than 1% of those seeking public assistance failed drug testing. And because Smith’s an uber-conservative he’s also sponsoring Georgia House Bill 464, requiring “random drug testing” for citizens on public assistance. In response to Smith’s legislation, Democratic State Representative Scott Holcomb introduced a bill last month requiring all state lawmakers to be subject to random drug testing; perhaps there should also be a requirement for random breathalyzer testing as the Representatives drive into the state capitol parking area?
Smith’s just your typical petulant, whiny, uber-conservative who believes laws are for everyone else but not for him; people needing help should be drug tested but GOTP politicians can drive around drunk behind the wheel – no biggy. Perhaps he’ll enjoy the mandatory drug testing that will be part of his probation?