Thursday, July 19, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Alcohol Plagued Past Casts Shadow Over Candidate for Kansas District 17

After he tried to use family values for why he is the best candidate to represent Shawnee and Lenexa, we told you about Jason Leib's troubled past with alcohol, a past that included a conviction for DUI and arrests for driving the wrong direction and giving alcohol to minors.

Instead of inoculating his candidacy by taking a page out of George W Bush's or Barack Obama's playbook and coming forward with his past, Leib chose to do the opposite.  Instead of taking a period of adversity in his life and turning it into a story of triumph, of overcoming personal failings and growing as a human being, he chose to make an issue of his opponents failure to make the same life choices he did.

When confronted about his personal attack on Hildabrand, Leib responded, "I don't consider it an attack, but it's an important distinction."

If Leib wants to continue to make an issue about personal choices, he should ensure his choices are ones he can be proud of, not just as a potential legislator, but as a father and husband.  A cursory review of Jason Leib's twitter account (@jleib) provides us a glimpse at the kind of choices he makes.

If you go back and look at his tweets from before he decided to declare himself a Republican and run for the District 17 House seat, you'll get a picture of someone who is not just a consummate partier, but someone who may have more than just a casual appreciation for alcoholic beverages:

I enjoy the occasional drink now and again.  I've even done my fair share of partying when I was younger.  I'm sure many elected officials can say the same.  But, Leib's apparent obsession with alcohol goes far beyond the occasional partaking of libations.

Leib says the personal choices a candidate makes are important distinctions, in the case of his choices, I couldn't agree more. The kind of choices Leib has made, choices that have put him behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated, choices that have contributed to the delinquency of minors, choices that continue to call into question his dependencies are most certainly the kind of questions voters should consider before casting their ballots for who they want to represent them and their interests in Topeka.

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