I understand the Jeff Wood story. And I won’t make excuses for him. He operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol which is inexcusable.
And Dan Bice has to fill column inches. Been there. Done that.
In truth, Wood and booze have a long and tangled history.
Since his arrest, two previous drunken-driving convictions have turned up, one in 1990 and another the next year.
1990 and 1991? Let’s see, Mr. Wood was born in 1969 so that made him, let’s see, mumble, mumble, divide by three, mumble mumble, carry the two, hmmmm, 21 and 22 years old. And this happened like 17 and 18 years ago.
Seems pretty harsh to bring this up. Oh, yes, there’s more,
Wood, the first independent elected to the Legislature in 80 years, was charged at least three other times in the early ’90s for incidents involving alcohol.
No, it’s not pretty. But he’s still in his early 20’s.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there,
More significant, Wood and a buddy were accused in 1989 of having sex with an underage minor they had picked up at a party. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and spent a year on probation.
Wood was 19. Nineteen.
Again, I’m not here to defend Mr. Wood’s reputation. Don’t drive when you’ve had too much to drink. The Journal Sentinel has pounded that into our heads the last few weeks.
But the marijuana found in his car concerns me more than this early stuff.
And where was all this information back in 2002 when Mr. Wood was first elected?
Well, of course, you know what has changed.