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The One About The Governor's Christmas Party. . . .

December 11, 2008 - Joselyn King

Last time I blogged about smoking in the White House, and now the topic is drinking at the governor's mansion.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin already was being criticized for spending too much on his Christmas parties -- which in the past have reportedly cost about $60,000 for four separate events. Money comes from the governor's mansion operating budget.

You can guess much of the money went for booze.

But Tuesday night Charleston police arrested West Virginia Health Right Director Patricia White for driving under the influence after she left the governor's Christmas party. Her blood alcohol content was listed at .156 ­ nearly twice the legal limit in the state.

Now for my concern -- ­ if a bar owner serves someone too much alcohol and that person has a wreck, isn't that bar owner liable under law? Isn't that the case with private homeowners, as well?

One might conclude that if a serious incident were to occur involving a holiday reveler from a party at the governor's mansion, the state could be held accountable.

And wouldn't it just be cheaper to have an alcohol-free party in the first place, especially since it is taking place in a taxpayer-owned domicile? Why not during the day? On the weekends?

Does alcohol really equal the Christmas spirit, anyway?


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