REPUBLICAN FAMILY VALUES  1:15 pm July 6, 2011

VIDEO UPDATE: Watch Ohio GOP Lawmaker Fail Sobriety Test

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

And a big thank you to the Dearborn County Prosector’s Office for releasing the police dash cam video of Ohio Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, a married father of three, getting caught driving around drunk with a 26-year-old stripper in the car and repeatedly failing a sobriety test. This is exactly why God invented YouTube.


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nounverb911 July 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm


Lionel[redacted]Esq July 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm

It's a shame no one can help him find his voting station now when he shows up drunk at the polling place.

nounverb911 July 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Voting stations in Mecklenborg's district will be secret next election.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

And shouldn't we be celebrating this man who both had the common sense to get a stripper help him drive when he was inebriated, and helped the morals of the area by making sure she wasn't dancing and luring men into lustful thoughts? What a good Christian he must be.

SmutBoffin July 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

He was just 'supporting single moms', as the saying goes.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Just helping them get their start.

SorosBot July 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I'm sure the stripper was just paying her way through college; he was just helping her with that.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Just as I'm sure David Vitter wore his diaper to help the whores learn how to take care of their children.

Callyson July 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Yeah–at least she wasn't expecting a handout from the government or anything. Um, let me rephrase that…

PsycWench July 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

From the story of the spy Robert Hanssen we know these are gateway acts, which culminate in buying the stripper a car so that she can go to church.

Gopherit July 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

This is fishy…..a republican with a female stripper?

You have to love him playing every angle and praying for his blood alcohol to drop and the stripper to magically disappear.

Guppy06 July 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

She wasn't for him, she was intended as a gift to a well-heeled donor. Picked her up from the local lesbian bondage club.

mavenmaven July 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

At least she didn't try to dive into a river…

BaldarTFlagass July 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Only us olds are gonna get that one.

mavenmaven July 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

OK, here's a link telling the story for the youngins (I was a little kid at the time, but remember the racy pictures in Newsweek at the time)

horsedreamer_1 July 7, 2011 at 11:23 am


GOPCrusher July 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm

They were certainly a simpler time.

Callyson July 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Though had they made it to the hotel room, she might have tried it once he got undressed…

CapeClod July 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Aww! It stops just before the cop gets the stripper out of the car.

BlueMonkeh July 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

meh – GOP rep.

Dead girl, live boy or GTFO.

ttommyunger July 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm

1. Got a drunk off the roadway.
2. Exposed as asshole to the world for what he is.
3. Generated some Revenue in the form of fines & Court Costs.
4. Gave Wonketeers a good chuckle.

Chet Kincaid July 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

This is how you do it, Alto Texas! Speed traps and live feed to the Wonkette = budget surplus!

ttommyunger July 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

Works 4 me!

Mahousu July 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I notice during the eye test, Mecklenborg seems to be standing at about 20 degrees off vertical. Is the gravitational field different where he is? Perhaps he could try that as a defense strategy. "It's the Earth's fault!"

x111e7thst July 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm

He seems very dense. Perhaps he is generating his own gravitational field.

Guppy06 July 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

So long as he's leaning to the right, it's OK.

Tommmcattt July 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

That throat clearing thing at the beginning gives me the creeps.

ingloriousbytch July 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thank you! I thought it was just me. It was like watching the first few minutes of "Criminal Minds."

EatsBabyDingos July 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Just another boner in Boehnerville.

MinAgain July 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

God didn't invent YouTube. God invented sobriety and police dash cams. Satan invented YouTube.

ifthethunderdontgetya July 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Damn. I had every single bit of this ready for a blog post this weekend, but I was trying to figure out how to capture and upload to youtube (selected segments) of this tool's speech in the Ohio Statehouse re: H.B. 125.

Robert Mecklenborg – Ohio's "Heartbeat" law, which would ban most abortions

p.s. The software I selected (free, of course) for the job: Orbit. So far, it's just annoyed the living crap out of me. Anyone with a better idea?

Preferred Customer July 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

This guy better hope he was very, very drunk, because if he was sober he's a freaking idiot.

ProgressiveInga July 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Needs moar ♬"Bad boys Bad boys, whatcha gonna do?"♬

MiniMencken July 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Apparently, denial is a river in Ohio.

EatsBabyDingos July 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Even his Pubic Defender thinks he's guilty. Johhnie Cochran says "It's the pubes fault, not the rube's fault."

ingloriousbytch July 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

As a citizen of the Buckeye State, I love watching this douchebag get what he deserves but my glee was tempered by the fact that the cop was being kind of a dick. ("…people from Ohio don't think they have to take the test…")

That cop was lisping up a storm and I could barely understand a word he was saying. Maybe THAT's why people from Ohio don't think they have to take the test.

Preferred Customer July 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I actually thought the trooper handled that douchesack pretty well–it must be intensely frustrating to have to repeatedly explain to some drunk idiot that, yes, because they are drunk they are going to jail, and, no, they can't just go home and pretend this didn't happen, and really the only way that they are not going to jail is by inventing a time machine and not getting behind the wheel.

I also enjoyed that he was using exactly the same tone that I use with my five year old when she doesn't listen to me.

ingloriousbytch July 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Okay, I'll give you that. I'll chalk my saltiness up to hating on my Hoosier neighbors.

Callyson July 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Yes, he did seem to have a bit of an inferiority complex: do Ohioans make fun of Hoosiers or something?

Negropolis July 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Who doesn't make fun of Hoosiers, up here? They are like our own personal Southerners; they're the Mississippi of the Great Lakes.

Chet Kincaid July 7, 2011 at 1:01 am

Fuckin' Klan-birthin', jump-shootin', backwards-time-zone-havin' Manning-suckers!!

metamarcisf July 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

He was really sminking of gin.

BlueMonkeh July 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

That cop had the patience of a saint. Although, I'd bet he's not so patient when the perp isn't a middle-aged white male driving a nice car.

BaldarTFlagass July 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

The lap dance is always better when the stripper is crying Repub is driving.

ingloriousbytch July 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Well just for shits and giggles I may attend Mecklenborg's DUI hearing and stand outside with a sign featuring a screen shot of this video that says "Pray for the children!"

Callyson July 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Seriously, Wonkette, that would be very…

Schmannnity July 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Give the guy a break. Can't you see he's trying to flee to a Holiday Inn with a prostitute?

Monsieur_Grumpe July 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

18 minutes! Can’t you just point to the spot where he pukes on the trooper’s shoes then gets tazed?

sezme July 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

No puking or tazing, but there sure is a lot of whining, all very satisfying.

But in the end, he'll probably not be convicted and will keep his seat because, after all, he never tweeted his pecker while being a Democrat.

GOPCrusher July 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

No fetuses were harmed in the making of this video.

Rotundo_ July 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I don't know about the keeping his seat part-some potential candidate has one hell of a 30 second spot or two with some editing. If someone doesn't take advantage of this (in either party) there is something really wrong in this world. How could any politician resist?

horsedreamer_1 July 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

Where's Rosemary Wood to take care of this for the GOP?

weejee July 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

It was the air polutions from the Indy 500. Oh, wait, that wasn't for another month. Perhaps paint fumes from all those covered bridges?

mull_man July 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

It gets better ….

he had viagra in his blood as well.

ThundercatHo July 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Oh good, it's Ohio Republicans are Assholes Day! I wonder if my mom (who's marrying one) and my bff (who's bringing one as a date to the wedding) are aware?

ManchuCandidate July 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Ten Millers and Cop is coming,
I'm finally pulled over.
This summer I hear the sirens,
Dead drunk in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Strippers are riding shot gun
Should have been gone long ago.
What if you knew her
And put her head in your lap
How can you drive when you're smashed ?

Guppy06 July 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Indiana wants me
I got a DUI back there.

ph7 July 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Thanks for that!

Callyson July 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm


Chet Kincaid July 7, 2011 at 1:04 am

Hey, Ho!
Way to go, Ohio.

ManchuCandidate July 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Added note. The only thing I'm shocked about is that it was a female stripper not rentboy.

Progress, I guess.

Redhead July 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

"26-year-old stripper in the car"

You forgot to specify the stripper's gender and the props in the car (diapers, green balloons, ball gags, etc)

tymberwolf817 July 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

It warms the cockles of my cold, dead heart that the interwebs can sometimes be used for good.

powersuit July 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I love the guy at 4:00 who crosses in front of the camera, a few feet from our drunk republican friend, looking like HE'S slinking back to the hotel from the liquor store. I have the sound off, but it looks like Rep. Drunkard says, "you want me to look at that guy?" and the cop says, "no, you need to look at me". He definitely is leaning into the wind, too, and insists on keeping his hands in his pockets at all times. Huh. Viagra, stripper, hands-in-pockets. Go figure.

baconzgood July 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

NEEDS MOAR VOMIT AND 'i'm not drunk ossifer".

At least I got my DUI with some style. I hit a parked paddy wagon.

(True Story)

mayor_quimby July 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Awesome sauce!!!

VespulaMaculata July 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

The cop's got a nice ass.

Sharkey July 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

And then what happens?

Oblios_Cap July 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I'm generally not a fan of reality TV, but for this I'll make an exception.

Gopherit July 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Jesus, what an asshole. TASE HIM, BRO!

SarahsBush July 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm

"Your eyes are like marbles in your head."

This cop is a smooth talker. I'm going to have to use that one.

Dudleydidwrong July 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm

The columnist Connie Schultz for the Cleveland Plain Dealer starts out with Mecklenborg's anti-abortion position in the legislature and then nails him to the tree:

Rotundo_ July 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

That was a fun read. She did pose some very good questions, none of which Mr. M. will ever answer (with the possible exception of his lawyer). But it is interesting that "that good Catholic boy" was full of booze and boner pills with a 26 year old lady. Since he obviously is a true believer, and was planning (or seemingly so) to have sex with this young lady, was he planning on marrying her to preserve the sanctity of sexual congress? Gosh, so many unanswered questions, I hope he has time to answer some of them on the campaign trail.

PuglyDoRight July 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Love her, and she just happens to be married to Sherrod Brown, the awesomest Ohio senator EVER.

Negropolis July 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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

You know, what was my biggest question, too. A Republican drunk-driving with a stripper isn't exactly shocking news, but why in the hell was this Ohio legislator driving with expired Kentucky plates in Indiana? I realize that Kentucky is right across the river from Cincy, but everything else isn't connecting.

Callyson July 7, 2011 at 12:06 am

Love it! Ohio needs more of Connie Schultz and less of Robert Mecklenborg…
…oh, hell, the whole country needs more Schultz and less Mecklenborg…

karen July 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Glorious. I love my state.

jus_wonderin July 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

"I'm sorry about the headlight."

Come here a minute July 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

It smells of cheap wine & cigarettes
This place is always such a mess
Sometimes I think I'd like to watch it burn

Callyson July 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Do we know what the stripper did after this? I'd like to think she hooked up with the cop…

MissusBarry July 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

(a) I ask for video and, boom, the Wonkette giveth.

(b) What a sad sack lightweight…I did the balancing thing better on moving Metro after happy hour than this asshat…two weeks after surgery that continues to leave me walking like granny forgot her walker. HH is part of my rehab, don't judge.

NYNYNYjr July 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

-Well, in Ohio…
-Just answer the question
-Well, you know in Ohio, um
-We're not in Ohio, sir
-Well, in Ohio, the officer turns off the camera, and then the officer gets a present.

arihaya July 7, 2011 at 3:26 am

if he was Boehner we will only saw him crying for the whole 18 minutes of the video

friendlyskies July 7, 2011 at 9:03 am

The woman is like, "Thank goodness the cops got us before I had to give this lardass the blowjob, that beer belly could have asphyxiated me."

horsedreamer_1 July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

He can take over the Springer show.

Slim_Pickins July 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Why didn't Mecklenborg claim diplomatic immunity? He was a visiting dignitary, after all.

scorpsav July 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

What a douche bag. I hate when people throw their gum on the ground! Add 6 months hard labor for that shiz!

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