State Rep Who Got A DUI With Stripper In The Car Calls It Quits

July 18, 2011 6:07 a.m.
EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is to become a member.

Ohio State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, the sponsor of a controversial voter ID bill who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence with Viagra in his system and a stripper in his car, resigned his position over the weekend.“My recent actions have become a distraction to the additional important work that lies ahead for the members of the 129th General Assembly. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I resign from the Ohio House of Representatives,” he said in a statement reported by the Columbus Dispatch.

“Most importantly, I want to sincerely apologize for any pain and embarrassment I have caused my family, my constituents, and my colleagues,” Mecklenborg said. “I will be forever grateful to the many constituents and colleagues who have urged me to stay, but I believe it is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to step aside during this difficult time.”

Mecklenborg didn’t have a license when he sponsored a photo voter ID bill after his arrest back in April.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

The latest blow against the GOP representative came last week when it was learned that four days after he was charged with DUI, Mecklenborg signed a driver’s-license application in Ohio saying that he did not have any outstanding vehicle citations. Mecklenborg, 59, had an expired driver’s license when he was pulled over by an Indiana state trooper April 23.

Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: