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04region6001.jpgAnother lesson in GOP family values:

Former Rep. John Sweeney was charged with aggravated DWI when he was pulled over by State Police early this morning on the Northway with a 23-year-old woman in his car, police told the Daily News.

Sweeney was driving northbound in his hometown of Clifton Park when he was arrested at 1:19 a.m., between exits 9 and 10.

State Police had no comment when asked the identity of the passenger in Sweeney’s 2004 BMW sedan. Sweeney was also ticketed for driving erratically. A law enforcement source said Sweeney’s car had been swerving and the woman was seated partially on his lap when Trooper Phillip Dickson first spotted him.

Sweeney’s blood alcohol content registered at .10 percent when he was checked at the Clifton Park station, according to Lt. Scott Cobura. He was ordered to appear in Clifon Park Town Court Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Sweeney got his political start as executive director of the state GOP, where he helped Rudy Giuliani win his first mayoral campaign in 1993 and also worked on George Pataki’s successful bid to oust former Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994.

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During the campaign, Sweeney was severely embarrasased when photos of him at a Union College frat party were publicized. In 2001, he drove his Jeep into a telephone pole in the Adirondacks, shutting off electricity to the nearby Willard Mt. resort and stranding skiers on a chair lift.

You know, I aspire to write that kind of comedy but understand that it is just not within my grasp.

Let’s harken back to the last election:

In the Albany region, three of the state’s top Republicans — Gov. George E. Pataki, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno — appeared at a rally yesterday for Representative John E. Sweeney, even though his district has voted reliably Republican for many years.

The rally came as Mr. Sweeney was dealing with the fallout from published reports this week asserting that his wife placed a call to 911 on Dec. 2, 2005, to report that the congressman had physically abused her. Mr. Sweeney has called the reports of physical abuse a fabrication disseminated by his Democratic opponent, Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

“This is one of the most vicious, slanderous, libelous campaigns perpetrated by an opponent in all of the United States — and that’s too bad,” Mr. Bruno told the crowd of about 100 people.

The Gillibrand camp and its allies said that Mr. Sweeney was trying to divert attention from his behavior. “By standing up for John Sweeney, Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki are sending a message that they are more concerned with protecting fellow Republicans than in doing the right thing,” the Democratic National Committee said in a statement.

I’m sure the snake handlers will loosen up on the “values” front and find a way to rationalize this into their perpetually glossy picture of America’s Mayor.

Who, no doubt, personally rescued all those stranded skiers.

Howie has more.

(h/t Julia)

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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