I’ve struggled with what and how to write the news that Representative Trish Groe was recently arrested for DUI and has decided to take a leave of absence to check into rehab.
Its even more difficult since I consider her a friend and one of the most personable legislators at the capitol.
But there’s no excusing what she’s done and the law should treat each person the same no matter what their party affiliation or ideology.
Trish Gore has been a solid conservative vote in the House of Representatives. Shortly after she was first elected, she was enlightened by her Senate seat mate, Ron Gould, and became one more conservative and pro-life vote. We all applauded her and supported her.
In today’s Republic, she is quoted as saying, “I am so grateful to those officers who pulled me over. I’m thankful to God that I didn’t injure or kill anyone. Somehow, I’m going to take away something good from this.”
While I do not condone her problem, I must applaud her acknowledgement that she has fallen and more importantly, that she is seeking help.
That takes real courage, especially when you’re in the public arena.
Trish Groe has undoubtedly arrived at a sobering reality check. Like Trish, we should all be reminded that we are vulnerable and suceptible to mistakes big and small. Its how we respond that makes us a better and stronger person.
Trish Groe is doing the right thing and I support and pray for her. I ask you to do the same.