Republican Mecklenborg:
A Family Values 'Spewing' Drunk,
Adulterer, Liar, Whoremonger, and

Married Ohio "family values" Republican Representative Robert Mecklenborg, one of the strongest advocates for the anti-abortion "heartbeat bill", gets busted for DUI while in his car with a stripper and with Viagra in his blood stream

An Anti-Abortion Ohio Legislator's Embarrassing Night Out

by Connie Schultz

Last Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Robert Mecklenborg -- a self-described "Catholic boy from the west side of Cincinnati" -- stood on the House floor to champion the most radical anti-abortion legislation in the country.

"We marvel, don't we?" he said, before voting for the "heartbeat" bill. "We marvel at the march of the penguins as they go to propagate their species under very, very difficult odds and conditions. We marvel at the leaping salmon as they return to their ancestral homes."

He also marveled over the mating habits of loggerhead turtles.

You're not alone if you don't quite see the parallel of wildlife to women's lives.

Not once have I ever looked at a woman of reproductive age -- including our three daughters and daughter-in-law -- and thought: Why, you're no different from fish, birds or reptiles.

Ohio Republican State Rep.
Robert Mecklenborg

I can, however, see how linking women's sex lives to images of prancing penguins makes it easier for some men to pretend we aren't really human. Once you've convinced yourself that we women only recently shed our scales and fins and started walking upright, you can give yourself permission to break all kinds of rules.

Which brings us to a recent development in the life of Rep. Mecklenborg.

In a way, this isn't exactly breaking news. The events in question happened more than two months ago. However, blogs and news outlets -- and reportedly the House Republican leadership -- found out only last Wednesday.

That's exactly one day after Mecklenborg's feisty critters speech.

On Saturday, April 23 -- in the wee hours of the morning after Good Friday -- an Indiana state trooper pulled over Mecklenborg, who was driving in Dearborn County, with temporary Kentucky license plates. The officer stated in his report that he stopped Mecklenborg for a burned-out headlight, but then suspected he was intoxicated after he smelled alcohol and noticed the state rep's "glossy, bloodshot eyes."

Mecklenborg refused a chemical test, and then failed three field sobriety tests. After a blood test, he was charged with drunken driving. The 59-year-old married father of three also tested positive for Viagra.

Mecklenborg was not alone that evening. His passenger was a 26-year-old woman who is neither his wife nor one of his children.

In his incident report, the police officer noted that Mecklenborg's inebriated state "endangered a person."

By "person," we can assume he means a human life.

Mecklenborg, a Republican who represents western Hamilton County, pleaded not guilty.

His court date is set for later this month.

He did not return my calls to his government or law offices, but he did offer an explanation, sort of, to WLWT-TV in Cincinnati on Thursday:

"Being human, I have made a mistake and this has caused great hurt to my family, and I'm deeply sorry for that. I've served tirelessly and well my constituents and I want to apologize to them as well. While the discovery process in this case goes on, I am entitled to the same presumption of innocence as any other citizen."

When asked about his young passenger, Mecklenborg said, "I understand the interest in the DUI part, I guess, but the rest is a personal matter."

A personal matter?

Perhaps this is Rep. Mecklenborg's eureka moment.

Pro-choice Americans have always argued that a woman's sex life is a personal matter, and that any decisions involving her body are her business. We understand only too well why Mecklenborg would rather we stop asking questions about his private life.

Unfortunately for Mecklenborg, he is an elected official who has hinged his political ambitions on making the private lives of women his business. Questions loom.

Why was Robert Mecklenborg with this young woman? How did he meet her? Where did he meet her? Where was he going with her?

Why was he driving a car with Kentucky plates in the state of Indiana?

Why didn't the news of his arrest come straight from him, and right away, instead of more than two months later?

It's a personal matter, he said.

We marvel, don't we?

We marvel at a man willing to pause for a personal exception in his march over the rights of so many other women of reproductive age.

2011 Cleveland Plain Dealer
Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Creators Syndicated.

Dash cam video shows DUI arrest of Ohio Republican lawmaker

By David Edwards

On Friday, the Dearborn County Prosecutor's Office released an embarrassing video of Republican Ohio State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg being stopped by police and failing a DUI test.

After failing the roadside sobriety test, a blood test showed the lawmaker had a .097 blood-alcohol level and had traces of Viagra in his system.

The 59-year-old married father of three also refused to explain why he had a 26-year-old female passenger in the car.

Reports indicated that the woman worked at a strip club in Lawrenceburg.

Mecklenborg is moving forward with a request that the Ohio Senate return next week to vote on a restrictive voter photo ID bill that he is sponsoring.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee notes that if the law is passed, Mecklenborg, who should have had his license confiscated at the time of his arrest, may be a victim of his own legislation.

Watch this video from the Dearborn County Prosecutor's Office, uploaded to YouTube July 1, 2011.

Married Ohio Family Values Republican Rep. Gets Busted With A Stripper

by Hrafnkell Haraldsson

Most Americans will be familiar with Janet Porter's "Heartbeat Bill," an anti-Women's Reproductive Rights law out of Ohio, which criminalizes abortion and which was backed by Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann, and passed the Ohio State House on June 28, 2011. The law prohibits abortion after only six weeks. Many women don't even know they're pregnant at this point, as Democrats pointed out.

Ohio is staunchly anti-women at the moment; the state budget, approved June 28, 2011 by the Senate, bars state hospitals from performing abortions.

One of the heartbeat bill's staunch advocates is Ohio Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, a Catholic from Cincinnati who represents western Hamilton County. Mecklenborg loved the bill so much he was one of its nearly 50 co-sponsors. In fact, he led the fight to get it passed. He is all about family you see: he is a married father of three.

He gets an "A" from the NRA, a 100% from, and is a staunch supporter of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, also earning him a 100%. Rep. Mecklenborg also gets an "A" in hypocrisy and an "F" in morality and ethics.

He gave an impassioned speech on behalf of the war on women last Tuesday. Two days later, as reports, his fellow legislators found out this moral paragon was facing "one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated." Of an arrest made two months before. But that's not all.

You see, Rep. Mecklenborg was driving through Dearborn County, Indiana in the very early hours of the morning of April 23 in a car with temporary Kentucky plates when an Indiana state trooper pulled him over. The trooper observed that the car had a burned-out headlight, the reason for stopping this champion of Republican morality. In his report the officer said that he suspected Mecklenborg was intoxicated because he smelled alcohol and the representative had "glossy, bloodshot eyes."

I said that wasn't all: Mecklenborg refused a chemical test but he failed three field sobriety tests. He was administered a blood test and charged with drunken driving. This paragon of morality tested positive for Viagra, and not, apparently for the benefit of his wife. Because he wasn't alone in the car and his companion was not his wife.

His passenger was a 26-year-old woman, Tiona Roberts, a local stripper who works nearby in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. And then there is the little matter of Viagra in his system. I'm sure it must improve night-vision, or some such. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the young woman sitting with the intoxicated 59-year-old paragon of morality in the wee hours of the morning, far away from his wife and children.

Mecklenborg took a strict legalistic line in his approach to the issue of Women's Reproductive Rights. He apparently feels the state has the right to meddle in the private lives of its citizens:

"We have late term abortion bills, partial birth abortion bills, parental involvement bills and informed consent bills. We also have freedom of conscience bills, abortion is manslaughter bills and fetal homicide bills right here in Ohio. All that happens from the time of conception."

It's truly amazing how forgiving Republicans are when it's one of their own who has crossed the line. Gov. John Kasich said in Mecklenborg's defense, "We have to stop pounding people when they make mistakes."

But it's okay to pound women, right Governor Kasich?

For his part, Mecklenborg somehow manages to claim that what happened is a private matter, unlike what takes place in the bedrooms of couples across America, which is a state matter.

This is what he had to say for himself, speaking to WLWT-TV in Cincinnati on Thursday:

"Being human, I have made a mistake and this has caused great hurt to my family, and I'm deeply sorry for that. I've served tirelessly and well my constituents and I want to apologize to them as well. While the discovery process in this case goes on, I am entitled to the same presumption of innocence as any other citizen."

Right, the same way women are treated when they have a miscarrage and are suspected or accused of murdering the fetus that kind of presumption of innocence.

As for the stripper, Mecklenborg's excuse was, "I understand the interest in the DUI part, I guess, but the rest is a personal matter."

Like Governor Kasich, Mecklenborg believes it's perfectly permissible to publicly shame a woman into not having an abortion, but the outcome of laxity with regards to the placement of their manly genitalia should be private.

Funny that a member of the state government believes he has more right to privacy than the average citizen.

Not to mention the irony of this family values Republican claiming he is fighting to "protect life" and being said by the arresting officer to be "endangered a person" by way of his inebriated state.

Mecklenborg, of course, who is above the law and, after all, a moral paragon, pleaded not guilty. He will have his day in court on July 26th.

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