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Tag: drunken driving

March
25th

UPDATED: Randy Dorn should handle his own damage control

In our editorial today, we called on state schools chief Randy Dorn to come clean about his DUI and to give the City of Orting the all-clear to release the police report. A few minutes ago, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction issued a statement (see below) from Dorn that includes a bit more information about last Saturday night and explains that he’s instructed his attorney to ask Orting to release all documents.

That’s certainly progress. Now Dorn should also stop using his taxpayer-supported media relations staff to field inquiries about his after-hours activities. Dorn himself (or

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March
24th

Come clean, Dorn, about that DUI

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

The clock is ticking on Randy Dorn’s redemption.

The state schools chief has said precious little since being arrested early Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving. Dorn, elected superintendent of public instruction in 2008, allegedly blew a 0.11 on a breathalyzer after being pulled over in Orting for speeding.
His only statement, issued Tuesday after the news broke, was a contradiction of itself.

Yes, the public has a right to information about the conduct of elected officials, Dorn said. In the next breath, he begged the public’s understanding and respect while he deals with this “personal legal matter.”

That mantra is catching on: A spokesman for Dorn’s office said on Wednesday that Dorn would have no additional statement, adding that the arrest was a “personal legal matter.”

What Dorn will learn shortly, if he hasn’t already, is that “personal legal matter” is an oxymoron when an elected official is charged with committing a crime – especially when that elected official is also charged with the welfare of the state’s schoolchildren.

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