Porker-in-chief Ben Harbin apologized to constituents for his year-old DUI charge:
State Rep. Ben Harbin, in a form letter mailed to constituents Saturday, apologized for not discussing his still-unresolved May 2007 drunken driving charge but stopped short of offering any new details as to what happened.
“It was not my intention to talk about this matter publicly until the legal issues were settled, but I felt you were entitled to hear about this directly from me,” the Columbia County Republican wrote.
He chose instead to stay silent to “allow the legal process to run its course” and avoid any appearance of trying to manipulate the case.
“Well, they say hindsight is 20/20, and unfortunately, I made the wrong choice,” he wrote. “Here we are a year later, and the legal process has yet to be finished.”
“It is crazy to think that I would put myself, moreover, my family, under this dark cloud for an entire year by choice,” he wrote. “I have always accepted responsibility for my actions, and this issue is no different.”
He said he remains eager to settle the matter in court.
“You are entitled to straight answers from those who represent you, and I apologize if the legal process in this case has created the appearance that I have not been completely forthcoming,” he wrote. “I wish that I had chosen differently from the beginning.”