Rep. Jeff Wood arrested

Independent State Representative Jeff Wood was arrested early Friday on charges of operating while intoxicated-first offense and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Rep. Wood, who recently won reelection, was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol at approximately 3 a.m. on Friday morning. Rep. Wood, formerly a Republican, gained notoriety after leaving the Republican Party and declaring himself an independent before his bid for reelection. He was recently named a committee chairman by Assembly Democrats.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens as a result of Rep. Wood’s arrest, but in a statement issued by Rep. Wood, he apologized for his behavior:

“I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible behavior. I apologize to my family, friends and my constituents who expect more from me. On Thursday evening I was arrested in Columbia County by the Wisconsin State Patrol for drunk driving and possession of marijuana. I cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so throughout the entire process. There is no excuse for my actions and I accept full responsibility. This is not typical behavior for me, but unfortunately I drank too much and exercised very poor judgment. I want to let my family and friends know that I regret what I did and am very sorry for the embarrassment and pain I have caused.”

It remains to be seen how Assembly Democrats will react to Rep. Wood’s arrest, but I’d be shocked if he’s allowed to keep his chairmanship in light of what’s happened.

Even though it’s Monday and there’s a lot of potential for idiocy this week, I’m going to go ahead and name Rep. Wood my “Idiot of the Week.”


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2 thoughts on “Rep. Jeff Wood arrested

  1. Jesse, that’s for darn sure. Hopefully this incident will be an important lesson learned for Rep. Wood, who definitely needs to address his own issues.

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