Today’s 12-step hero is Daniel Gordon, an AA and state representative in the Rhode Island legislature. It seems he’s run into a bit of legal trouble that he did not disclose:
The first-term House member from Portsmouth was arrested Friday on charges stemming from a 2008 police chase in Massachusetts. He was released Monday on $1,000 bail. The arrest exposed past legal problems, including a four-month sentence in 1999 for assault, an attempted murder charge dismissed in 2004 and a long list of traffic infractions.
When questioned about it, he reminded us to worry about keeping our own sides of the the street clean:
“I have redeemed myself and I have paid my debts,” he said. “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.”
And naturally, he broke his anonymity. He really had no choice, because he need to reassure the voting public that he had a very good reason for being bad, and he is now in good hands:
Gordon said he considers himself an alcoholic and has been sober for three years thanks to counseling and Alcoholics anonymous.
I’m sure the good people in his district can sleep better now. Thanks, Daniel, for all that you do! It works if you work it!