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SarasotaRepub
12-06-2011, 07:55 PM
By Mike M. Ahlers, CNN
updated 6:08 PM EST, Tue December 6, 2011


Washington (CNN) -- Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday, three days after he was arrested on a drunk driving charge near his suburban Washington home.

In a brief statement released to the media, Babbitt said he had submitted his resignation to his boss, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and that LaHood had accepted it.

Babbitt, 65, a former airline pilot and president of a major pilots' union, said serving as FAA administrator had been "the highlight of my professional career," adding, "But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA."

His statement made no mention of his arrest, although it was clearly the event that precipitated his action.



LINKY (http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/06/justice/virginia-faa-administrator-arrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)

Elspeth
12-06-2011, 08:01 PM
The DC area is a fucking caldron of stress and drinking seems to go with the territory. While this guy was a lunkhead for driving drunk, my understanding is that he is hardly the only person on the Beltway who's had a few. The one person I know who went to DC for a career tells me the political stress is so bad that everybody drinks.

Rockntractor
12-06-2011, 08:43 PM
Once again the Obama administration picks the best man for the job, head of the aviation administration and driving drunk on the wrong side of the road.

Novaheart
12-06-2011, 09:18 PM
The DC area is a fucking caldron of stress and drinking seems to go with the territory. While this guy was a lunkhead for driving drunk, my understanding is that he is hardly the only person on the Beltway who's had a few. The one person I know who went to DC for a career tells me the political stress is so bad that everybody drinks.

Drunks have lots of excuses.

Novaheart
12-06-2011, 09:25 PM
Once again the Obama administration picks the best man for the job, head of the aviation administration and driving drunk on the wrong side of the road.

The visible effects of chronic alcohol abuse are easily found in the halls of government. I am much less concerned about them on a 9-5 bureaucrat that I am on those with real power. For comparison I pulled up a pic of a certain joint committee for the operation of a powerful group of organizations. I would say that three of the six look to be certain alcoholics. Our country has a very high tolerance for alcoholism. It's entrenched.