As many of you now know, State Representative Michael Sak (D-Grand Rapids) made a fool out of himself a month ago at the National Governors Association conference up in Traverse City. It appears that Rep. Sak got liquored up and stumbling drunk, even bumping into a bus once or twice, at the Grand Traverse Resort. He then tried to bully a state trooper into giving him a ride to his hotel room by telling the cop that he serves on the appropriations committee and so owes his job to him.
Well, there's something to be said for in vino veritas, and so the obnoxious behavior Sak displayed in the absence of sober restraints doesn't speak well of him. Moreover, whether a happy drunk or an angry drunk, a 47-year-old man who is the speaker pro-tem of the House has no excuse for being a public drunk. Of course, many Republicans are calling for Sak's head. Well, no surprise there. But maybe this is a matter best left for the Democratic leadership and ultimately the voters.
After all, the state trooper was not intimidated by Sak and properly reported the matter to his superiors. So, no harm, no foul. Sak apologized and took full responsibility for his actions (even if he obfuscated that by spinning his demands to the trooper as a thumb's up to the state police and later made the trite promise to seek "help" for his drinking problem, as though the devil was in the drink and not himself). And finally House speaker Andy Dillon (D-Redford) did boot Sak from the appropriations committee for the time being.
Let it end there and leave it to the voters come November 2008 should Sak decided to run for office again.