SC State Rep. Ted Vick (Chesterfield Cty) has restored my faith in Southern politicians. He
He was considered one of the leading candidates in the race. He was even mentioned in an article in the Washington Post about possibly being one of the surprises of this election cycle. However, that was before his little escapade early Thursday morning.
Rep. Vick was stopped in Columbia for doing 44 mph in a 30 zone. A little over the limit but nothing major except:
- He had been bar hopping.
- He refused the sobriety test and was charged with DUI.
- He was carrying a Kel-Tec .380 pistol in his pocket.
- His concealed carry license expired in 2007.
- He had a woman in the car with him.
- The woman was not his wife but a 21-year old recent graduate of USC whom he met in a bar.
Vick announced just a litle while ago that he is ending his campaign for Congress.
"After spending time with my family, my pastor and my friends, I have decided to end my campaign for the United States Congress.
While I have full confidence that the legal system will clear much of this up, it will not change the fact that I made some serious mistakes that I alone am responsible for. I realize that I have caused pain to those who love and support me and it's my responsibility to make this right.
Now is the time to allow the legal system to work, time for me to concentrate on my family and time for me to focus on the needs of my State House constituents.
I look forward to spending more time at home with my family and constituents. I will humbly seek re-election to the State House in November. If re-elected I will continue to work across party aisles to seek consensus and progress."
Now have I left anything out? Hmm. The 21-year old not-his-wife woman was blond (his wife has brown hair) and Mr. Vick is a Democrat who recently made news when he quit the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.