Any time a Republican gives the Democrats ammunition, it is bad, but that is just what a Mississippi state senator has done.
Terry Burton, who is serving as the Senate President pro tempore, has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
In this day and age, it is simply inexcusable for anyone to drive drunk.
For some reason, though, people in power tend to think they are above the law and “it” will never happen to them.
Terry Burton could not have been more wrong.
Now, instead of leading his party, his face is plastered all over the internet in an orange jumpsuit posing for his mug shot.
Burton has already issued an apology for embarrassing his friends, family, and his fellow Senate members.
However, he has yet to say he will resign his post, much to the chagrin of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who is also a Republican.
Taking His Time
While Reeves has already stated publicly Burton should give up his pro tempore position, Burton seems reluctant to do anything hastily.
Burton sent a statement to the Associated Press outlining how he plans on moving forward.
In his statement, Burton said he will spend time with his family over the holidays.
During that time, he plans on discussing the incident as well as the best course of action to take moving forward.
Among that, we assume, is whether or not he will remain both in the Senate and as pro tempore president.
He has also hinted he will seek professional help during this time of self-reflection.
Burton stated, “I pray to learn and, with professional help, move forward toward being a better me in every aspect of my life.”
Burton first took office in 1992.
At that time, he was actually a Democrat, but he would convert to the Republican party in 2002.