Seems like every single week more corruption, lies, and deception is uncovered in the swamp of Washington, D.C.
But Americans got a somber reminder this week that even powerful lawmakers face issues and tough situations that many can relate to.
Arizona Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is taking a leave of absence from Congress after admitting she had a “serious” fall that was related to alcohol dependence.
I sincerely thank the many people who have reached out in support after my accident last week. The fall was serious, but with physical therapy I will fully recover.
I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of the fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence.
The 69-year-old Arizona Democrat said her office would be “fully operational” while she is absent.
“My positions on all recorded votes will be submitted to the Congressional Record and made publicly available,” she said.
— Kirk A. Bado (@kirk_bado) January 15, 2020
I’d be drinking too with Nan as my leader https://t.co/qkYrPtFNLB
— David Bertaccini (@lucretius153) January 16, 2020
While many may not know Kirkpatrick by name, she has been prominent in Congress and Democratic circles for over a decade.
The congresswoman has served three nonconsecutive times in the House. She was elected first in 2009 when she served one term.
She followed that up with two terms from 2013 to 2017. In 2016, she unsuccessfully ran against Sen. John McCain during his final Senate race.
She most recently joined Congress again in 2018.
Kirkpatrick will be eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave available to members after they complete a year of service.
Beyond that, it’s also concerning that she admitted to having a dependence on alcohol, which led to her serious fall.
While most people wish her a speedy recovery, questions loom about whether she was drinking and possibly intoxicated while on Capitol Hill or working in on important measures that directly affect the American people.
In recent months, several lawmakers — on both sides of the aisle — have been charged and arrested.
Below are just a few examples:
–A Republican state senator resigned from office after being arrested on child pornography charges.
— A Democratic mayor has been charged with seven counts of bribery, one count of conspiring to commit bribery, and 18 counts of wire fraud. If found guilty on all 26 felony counts and ordered to serve 20 years for each crime, he could be sentenced to 520 years in federal prison.
–Democrat mayor was arrested at his home after accepting a $5,000 bribe from federal agents.
–A federal wiretap caught a Democrat lawmaker bribing a legislative colleague.
–A Democratic district judge was arrested and charged with taking bribes from an informant.
–Fall River Democratic Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested on charges that he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies in his district.
–A Democratic representative was arrested and charged after impersonating a police officer and trying to buy cocaine while driving under the influence.