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U.S. Senate candidate Mike McGavick [(Repugnant)] was stumbling drunk when he was pulled over by a Montgomery County, Md., sheriff's deputy 13 years ago, and he lied about how much he had had to drink, according to the deputy's arrest report.

More below... He's got more apologizing to do I see:

McGavick failed all of the standard field sobriety tests before his arrest and fell asleep in the jail while waiting to be booked, said the report, which was obtained Thursday night by The Seattle Times. His blood-alcohol level was .17 percent, more than double the legal limit of .08 percent in both Maryland and Washington. The report notes that the blood-alcohol test was administered an hour and a half after McGavick's arrest, meaning that the level was higher when he was behind the wheel.

McGavick, a Republican, is challenging Sen. Maria Cantwell. He has characterized his drunk-driving arrest one of "two great failures" in his life. The other was a divorce.

The deputy pulled McGavick's white Mazda Miata over about 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 21, 1993, after he watched it "drive through a steady red signal." McGavick said last week, when his campaign acknowledged the existence of his drunk-driving arrest, that he had he cut a yellow light too close.

The deputy approached the car and reported that when McGavick rolled the window down he "could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from the interior."

"(I) then asked McGavick know much he had to drink tonight McGavick responded, 'Oh, I don't know - two, maybe three beers," the report said.

Last Friday, McGavick acknowledged that he had been drinking beer for hours at three parties before he was pulled over.

Blood-alcohol level calculators available on the Internet note that a 180-pound man would have to drink more than eight beers in an hour to achieve a blood-alcohol level of .17 percent.

So we know that McGavick lied to a cop. On edit: This is news because these facts were not what Mike McGavick revealed when he "apologized" for his arrest last week!

The second terrible mistake, which was difficult to discuss with my teenage son, was that I was cited for DUI when I cut a yellow light too close in 1993. I was driving Gaelynn home from several celebrations honoring our new relationship and should not have gotten behind the wheel. Thankfully, there was no accident, but it still haunts me that I put other people at risk by driving while impaired. All in all, it was and remains a humbling and powerful event in my life.

No red light, he says he "cut" a yellow light. What the hell does that mean?

What else do we know about McGavick?

One of McGavick's funders is Washington Mutual.

Here's what they've been doing to make money of late:

There's no way to camouflage what Harold, a former computer technician who asked BusinessWeek not to publish his last name, is about to face. He's disabled and has one source of income: the $1,600 per month he receives in Social Security disability payments. In September, 2005, Harold refinanced out of a fixed-rate mortgage and into an option ARM for his $150,000 home in Chicago. The minimum monthly payment for the first year is $899, which he can afford. The interest-only payment is $1,329, which he can't. The fully amortized payment is $1,454, which his lender, Washington Mutual (WM ), gets to count on its books. WaMu, no fly-by-night operation, said it couldn't comment on Harold's case, citing confidentiality issues. A spokesman says the bank "accounts for its option ARM product in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles." WaMu has about $12 billion in loans negatively amortizing right now, up from $2.5 billion in 2005, estimates CreditSights' Hendler. In a written statement, WaMu said "borrowers who request an adjustable loan with payment options should understand those options and potential adjustments throughout the life of the loan. We make detailed disclosures to customers that are designed to develop a more informed consumer of mortgage products and ensure that our customers are comfortable with the loan products they select.

So McGavick's being funded by the types of crooks that are peddling predatory lending practices, and are likely to impoverish many of their homes' wealth.

"Open Mike" if you have followed the above Opensecrets link, also gets money from some PACs...tied to the Rubberstamp Repugnants..."Heartland Values PAC," "Impact America," "KITPAC" are all Republican Senate PACs.

Of course, yeah, McGavick's another Bush clone, and he's lying about it. I only hope the Cantwell campaign picks up on where McGavick's getting his campaign funding


I e-mailed McGavick's campaign 3 days ago, hoping to get a response to the following questions. To date, nothing but thunderous silence in response to these questions:

1. Under what circumstances would you consider the President assuming authority outside the bounds of the constitution? Do you think that the President is entitled to violate the FISA law?

2. To what degree should Iraq's leadership  acknowledge Israel's right to exist?

3. To what degree do you believe that "terror" should be fought against besides, simply not having fear?

4. What did Iraq, Iran, or North Korea have to do with the 9/11 attacks?

5. Why should we expect that you would be an advocate for citizens, given your contributions from PACs tied to sitting Republican Senators, who have been such a miserable failure in holding the President accountable?  Why should we expect that the recommendations of the 9/11 commission would be any more heeded with your presence in the Senate, given who has financed your campaign?

6. Why should we expect that you would side with the citizens of the State of Washington against insurance companies, when you have received large amounts of campaign financing from them?

7. What is your position on teaching "intelligent design?"

Update: But wait! There's more! Evidently McGavick put his foot in his mouth...
U.S. Senate candidate Mike McGavick has embraced and defended Alaska's Sen. Ted Stevens, a benefactor of the Washingtonian's campaign and an antagonist of McGavick's opponent, Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell. McGavick has also harshly criticized Stevens, a fellow Republican -- but without realizing until this week that it was Stevens he was criticizing. After an anonymous senator recently slapped a parliamentary hold on legislation to open government contracting to public scrutiny, McGavick lambasted the maneuver on his campaign Web site April 24, calling it evidence of "more dysfunction in the Senate." "This is a sad state of affairs when a senator (or senators) secretly prevent legislation to remove secrecy," McGavick wrote. "The American people have a right to know how their money is being spent. We need senators who are willing to hold their colleagues accountable for this sort of thing, regardless of party." The mystery senator turned out to be Stevens.
He's a defender of Senator-Bridge-to-Nowhere? Or just a flip-flopper? Geez.

Originally posted to Mumon on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 01:23 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips: I think this is the tip of the iceberg (7+ / 0-)

    And eagerly solicit info on where and  when McGavick will be in Southwest Washington campaigning so that he can "meet with the voters," so to speak.

    "It's better to realize you're a swan than to live life as a disgruntled duck."

    by Mumon on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 01:11:36 PM PDT

  •  Just another drunken gooper (3+ / 0-)
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    sara seattle, Mumon, inclusiveheart


    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 01:16:18 PM PDT

  •  Why is a 13 y/o arrest a big deal? (3+ / 0-)
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    rick, grndrush, esquimaux

    Why is this so important, I mean everyone lies to the police about how much they had to drink. If this is the criteria no one can run a real campaign.  

    Isn't there plent of actual substance to bitch about like his fariy tale no tax ideas, backing by the BIAW,  his tenure as CEO of Safeco... stuff like that?

  •  Oh wait - there is even more dirt (1+ / 0-)
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    With McGavin at the helm Safeco is said to have been involved in some sad practices of Red-lining auto-insurance - you should read the whole story at horses-ass (link below)

    Here is a taste:
    Sources have confirmed to HA that Safeco Insurance is indeed the unnamed “Firm 1″ in a Washington Insurance Commissioner’s Office study of the abusive use of credit scoring to cancel auto-insurance policies. As first reported in the Seattle Times, Safeco has asked the Thurston County Superior Court to block release of the information.

    According to sources familiar with the investigation, the controversial practice was initially pioneered in WA state by Progressive Insurance. Sources say that Safeco was actually late to embrace the practice, but did so aggressively under former CEO Mike!™ McGavick’s leadership, far and quickly exceeding the scope and impact of its competition. As the Times initially reported:

    The study cited “Firm 1″ for relying on credit scoring to cancel auto policies, as opposed to simply raising rates, which the other companies did. It said Firm 1’s decisions disproportionately impacted minorities, divorced women and low-income residents.

    Many of those terminated by Firm 1 had clean driving records.

    Proud to be a Bleeding Heart Liberal

    by sara seattle on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 01:39:14 PM PDT

  •  Behind in the polls and no base (2+ / 0-)
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    Mumon, Crisitunity

    I feel for Mike.  Confession may have been good for his soul, but it certainly has not been good for his chances at becoming a United States Senator.  He seems to be making just about every mistake he can - unnecessary and (really, if you think about it) uninteresting DUI confessions, utterly lame MySpace profiles, and phony baloney "bipartisanship" that everybody sees right through.

    And he has no base.  His soft pro-choice position, his liberal republican (and very diverse) family and his refusal to come out slugging against Cantwell from the right offer very little for your average rabid-right kooks to hang on to.  Basically, his appeal is to people who are rich and want to stay that way - and that's about it.

    •  Yeah, but still he should be crushed at the polls (2+ / 0-)
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      N in Seattle, sara seattle

      I'm in WA so its kinda close to me, but I still want this guy relegated to the ash heap of history, especially because I remember 2004 (Gregoire vs. Bob the Enzyte Guy) and 2000 (Cantwell vs. Fishdick guy).

      "It's better to realize you're a swan than to live life as a disgruntled duck."

      by Mumon on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 01:44:48 PM PDT

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      •  I'm in WA as well (3+ / 0-)
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        N in Seattle, sara seattle, Mumon

        And I think a good "crushing" is the best thing that could happen to him.  His arrogance is beyond comprehension, he is pathetically shallow and obvious, and his voice goes up at least an octave whenever he turns up on the radio - it's like the presence of a microphone or recording device seems to emasculate him on the spot.

        But I don't think he has any intention of winning this race.  This isn't about Senate 2006; this is about Governor 2008, and he had no name recognition in WA until he took on Cantwell.  See, he wants to aim very, very high, and Senators just don't have the best odds of getting elected President.

        •  He's got the DUI to be a Republican President (1+ / 0-)
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          sara seattle

          and the complete lack of any semblance of caring for anyone but himself.

          But if he's got his sites on anything other than ...I don't want to dishonnor any other working position...I want to make sure that doesn't happen.

          "It's better to realize you're a swan than to live life as a disgruntled duck."

          by Mumon on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 01:53:50 PM PDT

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  •  maybe I'm a little hypersensitive, but.... (2+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, grndrush

    all this hooha about a DUI strikes me as being as infantile as busting Clinton for a blowjob & subsequent, uh, half-truths.  As a former drunk & proud of it (the former part, at any rate), it doesn't surprise me a bit that he dodges a little on this, 'though doing it when the real story is so easily available makes me doubt his judgment even more than I already did.

    Wouldn't vote for him on a bet, even though I don't have a lot of use for Ms Buntwell, but it strikes me that there are other, far more useful, grounds to attack him on.

    •  Again, it's not the DUI, it's the lies (1+ / 0-)
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      sara seattle

      And frankly, anything that pulls down his poll numbers are fair game, as far as I'm concerned.

      He's an avowed Republican; that is scandal enough.

      "It's better to realize you're a swan than to live life as a disgruntled duck."

      by Mumon on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 03:21:47 PM PDT

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    •  Do not come "clean" (1+ / 0-)
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      if you are not going to tell the truth

      I agree with you about his lack of judgement --

      and this mess shows in spades about his lack of sound judgement.

      That to me is why this is being discussed at all.
      Which is why we are having this diary today - and not when he "started singing and doing a "soap opera routine" the other day.

      Proud to be a Bleeding Heart Liberal

      by sara seattle on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 03:26:05 PM PDT

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    •  Publicity (1+ / 0-)
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      This is about getting his name in the papers.  Another round with Dory Monson, a little TV time.  

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