The Republican Party just took a hit, courtesy of a local politician in North Dakota.
Craig Headland, a state representative, was arrested and charged with a DUI on Saturday.
Headland was pulled over on Interstate 94 on Saturday night.
After being pulled over by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, he refused an on-scene test for DUI.
He was then arrested and cited for driving under the influence.
In North Dakota, this is a Class B misdemeanor.
The police report additionally noted that Headland was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the traffic stop.
We have seen arrests like this one end the careers of politicians before.
In fact, a DUI is at the heart of the debate in the current Texas Senate race between incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and rival Beto O’Rourke.
Headland is currently up for re-election in North Dakota’s 29th district.
His opponents, Democrats Lori Carlson and Mary Schlosser, will no doubt use this recent arrest against him.
In this day and age, we would hope our representatives have a little more sense about them than to go out and drive after drinking, especially when they are in the middle of an election campaign.
There is just far too much at risk both locally and nationally for Republicans to act irresponsibly.
If Headman loses, it will leave a significant void in the party locally.
In addition to being the state representative, Headman also serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Finance and Taxation Committee.
With this recent arrest, that responsibility may end up being taken away from him, even if he does not lose the election.
Regardless, Headland let his constituents down, and we expect much more from our elected representatives.