It's gotta be close to an election when the real dirt starts coming out. Congressional candidate Kevin Yoder refused a Kansas Highway Patrolman's request that he take a Breathalyzer test during a February 2009 traffic stop, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported over the weekend.
Yoder was stopped for doing 80 in a 70 on K-10 Highway. A highway patrolman asked Yoder to take a breath test, but he refused to blow. What's his punishment? Apparently paying $165 ticket.
Yoder spokeswoman Alissa McCurley issued a statement to the Cap-Journal
saying Yoder was pleaded guilty to speeding and prosecutors dropped the
citation for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test.
"Kevin was pulled over for speeding," she said. "He was asked to take a
field sobriety test, which he passed. He was issued a speeding ticket
and then asked to take a preliminary Breathalyzer test. He declined
because he had passed the sobriety test."
She added that Yoder "was not driving under the influence."
Good to know.
Yoder's cell phone battery must have died or he must be getting bad reception over the weekend since he wasn't returning calls from the Cap-Journal.
Yoder, a four time Kansas state rep., is running for the 3rd District Congressional seat being vacated by Dennis Moore. Yoder's opponent is Moore's wife, Stephene Moore.
Moore's campaign jumped on the story, trying to paint Yoder as "reckless and irresponsible" and "unfit" to serve in Congress.
"Leaders in our community must be held to high standards, and
be accountable for their actions,"
Moore's campaign manager Matt Sinovic said in a statement.
Have they seen some of the people who serve in Congress? Yoder can breathe a little sigh of relief; Five Thirty Eight is projecting a 93.9 percent chance of a Yoder victory.