I still find the relationship between Rep. Kerry Burt (Drunk Democrat – Waterloo) and Courtney Greene, the communications director for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, to be a little strange. Greene told the Des Moines Register that she and Burt have been friends for 20 years, and that they attended college together.
Really? Burt attended the University of Iowa beginning in 1983; Greene didn’t graduate high school until 1987. Burt did return to the U of I to receive his masters in higher education in 1990, which would have been while Greene the University of Iowa. I don’t know, I still think it’s a little strange to for a grad student and former All-American football player to be buddies with under classmen. I guess it’s not all that strange for football players to have a hankering for the young ladies…
Still, it seems that Rep. Burt has a closer relationship with Greene than he does with the woman who lives with him and his kids. I would expect someone’s wife or significant other to be the one telling him to be careful when throwing them back with the Governor, not an old college fling. I do understand the warning about looking out for people taking cell phone pictures. Just a month earlier, yours truly published pictures of Governor Culver out at the bar working on his bloated beer gut, rather than his bloated budget.
Anyway, I still suspect that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Rep. Burt’s relationship with Courtney Greene. I mean, the last thing I would do is call an old college girlfriend, who’s now married, to get me out of jail. Rep. Burt just isn’t that smart, just look at these gems from the police report.
OFFICER: Since 5 p.m. Tuesday, afternoon to the present time (2:35 a.m.), approximately how much alcohol do you think you had?
BURT: “It’s not so much how much he had to drink, but who he was drinking with.” Burt then asked if the officer’s microphone was still on. The officer said that it was on. Burt then took a step forward toward the office and placed his right hand onto the officer’s police radio microphone and stated in a soft voice, “The Governor.”
KRUSTY: What a dumb a$$.
Burt also stated that he was close to his residence in Ankeny, but “didn’t have enough alcohol in him, so he turned around and met back with the Governor’s party.”
KRUSTY: Again, what a dumb a$$.
If his judgment that allowed him to drink and drive wasn’t enough, the police report also shows that Burt was on a number of medications. Burt was taking hydrochlorothiazide, amlodipine, and bystolic. Each of the medications say to avoid drinking alcohol. Yet, Burt turned around and went back to the party because “he didn’t have enough alcohol in him.”
I do have to give Rep. Burt a little credit – he did pay attention in his civics classes. Article I, section 6 of the United State’s Constitution provides that legislators “shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses and in going to and returning from the same.”
Too bad Rep. Burt doesn’t realize the difference between being a federal office holder and a state elected official. But that does explain why he kept saying, “You know you cannot arrest me because of my position and who I am.”
And we wonder why our state is in such bad shape. We elect dumb a$$es to represent us.
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