[Say, cheese: Viagra-fueled Ohio politician stands 5'9'']
Beat to the punch by a local TV station, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported last Wednesday that a well-known morals-and-order state lawmaker had been arrested for drunk driving. The conservative Republican Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, a 59-year-old married father of three, also had a young woman passenger in his car, the paper said, citing law-enforcement documents.
But the paper failed to note Mecklenborg also had Viagra in his system -- an omission some observers questioned, since that detail was in the documents. What's more, the Enquirer also didn't explain why the arrest, nearly 10 weeks before, had escaped the paper's attention for so long. (Cincinnati's WLWT-TV says it was first to report the news.) And the Enquirer didn't post the documents, which include the lab test results. You can read all nine pages on this website.
Well, leave it to the posters on Cincinnati's MomsLikeMe site to fill in a few more unvarnished details -- and to rap the Enquirer for its tardy reporting. Poster westsideangle launched the online discussion with this piquant post:
"Since so many on this board had a strong opinion on what should happen to New York's former Representative Weiner when he posted pictures of himself on the internet, I thought we'd talk about a local guy. Bob Mecklenborg. He was arrested nine weeks ago (although the arrest just became known to the Enquirer -- good investigative journalism there) for OVI and inside the car with him was a known stripper from a local strip club in Lawrenceburg. Mecklenborg is married and has several children, all of whom attended Catholic schools as far as I know. Well, I know at least one of his daughters did in any event. So, what should be done? Should he resign? Should the people in charge of the local Republican party kick him out of office? I believe he also sat on the Ethics Committee in Columbus. How ironic! So, what think you?"
Note to the editors: Enquiring minds want to read way more about the case.
Related: an Arkansas congressman, and a stripper named Fanne Fox.