Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will soon figure out – if he hasn’t already – that public officials had best hang out their own dirty linen before anyone does it for them.
He was pulled over in Orting in the wee hours of Sunday morning and was then arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Four days later, Orting still won’t release the police report – a public record – apparently at Dorn’s insistence. Even a call from the state attorney general’s office didn’t pry the report loose.
Not smart. Not smart at all. Dorn’s obviously embarrassed about something in that report; sitting on it only piques the public interest and feeds speculation. Often the theories – which instantly run to Kennedyesque escapades – are worse than the truth.
The old Watergate saw still holds: It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup.
The truth always comes out in the end. If this involves nothing more than further details about Dorn’s drinking, well, many elected officials have survived such incidents by going through the customary rituals of public contrition. Americans are great forgivers, but they want to see the sinner come to the altar first.