News McGavick: To Remember or Not to Remember?
It’s a week-and-a-half later and Mike McGavick is still having to talk about this DUI thing.
He had to answer questions about it again yesterday on the Dori Monson show on KIRO radio—where he got bogged down discussing drunk driving laws in Europe. (Wow, you know your campaign for U.S. Senate is tanking when you’re on the air talking about drunk driving laws in Europe…)
And he had to talk about it some more on KIRO 7 Eyewitness News with Essex Porter.
The big problem is: He still can’t get his mea culpa straight. First he says he doesn’t remember the whole thing, and then he says it’s indelible in his mind.
Check out his contradictory statements from his interviews yesterday.
Here’s McGavick being interviewed by Essex Porter on KIRO TV yesterday.
Porter, to McGavick: Did you deliberately minimize the circumstances of…?
McGavick, to Porter: No, not at all. Look, all I did was go on my memory. I didn’t try to mislead anybody. Why would I try to minimize a DUI? The DUI was the big news, and I’m the one who put it out there.
Porter: McGavick said he was cited, but not arrested. However, the police report says he was placed under arrest for DUI.
McGavick, to Porter: I’ve read the report—it is like reading a story of another person. I mean, look, I was, I just don’t remember. But it doesn’t matter.
So, McGavick’s story is that he “doesn’t remember.”
Personally, I don’t get how someone doesn’t remember being arrested—given that he also had to go before a judge to argue for “probation judgment”—which allowed him to expunge the court records by paying a fine and attending alcohol education classes. How does someone go before a judge and go to alcohol education classes and not remember that they were arrested…handcuffed to a desk, actually?
Well, on Dori Monson’s show…he says, in fact, he does remember.
DM: Do you still drink?Â Â MM: Yes
MM: I enjoy a drink.
DM: You never drink and drive?Â Â
MM: Drink too much and drive? No.Â Â
DM: But you’re not zero-tolerance, then. I mean if you’ll…
MM: No, because if — social drinking’s a part of my life. I enjoy it when I’m with friends, but I know my limits very clearly. I learned them in a very painful way — in a way that is indelible in my mind.
Oh, and for kicks: Here’s U.S. Senate candidate McGavick wasting precious free media time talking about drunk driving laws in Europe.
DM: So, I mean, aren’t you at .03, .05, aren’t you a bit more of a danger than at point-than at no alcohol?Â Â
MM: You know the law-the laws take all this into account, Dori, if people were afraid that would cause dangerous driving we’d have laws against it. I think where the law is set is about right. I do think, though, that some of the European countries have better ideas. Their punishments, as you know, are much more extreme. And I do think that some of those models might be better, but look, I fully understand where your question is going but no, I will not drink to much and drive, period. I learned that lesson, and if anything I’ve gotten a thirteen-year later reminder of just what a stupid and humiliating event this is.