Politician Calls Out Heavy Drinking, 'File Cabinets Full of Booze' in Rhode Island State House

Is a representative's aide silently whipping up a new batch of jungle juice at this very moment?
March 8, 2017, 10:00pm
Photo via Flickr user Leigh Harries

Sure, a good argument could be made that the executive branch of the federal government is now being run by someone with a tenuous grasp of the truth and an unhealthy love for conspiracy theories.

But are our local governments run by, well, a bunch of drunks?

That's what Rhode Island state representative Moira Walsh says is happening in the legislature there. She has reported on an "insane amount of drinking" in the state house and says that lawmakers have "file cabinets full of booze." Walsh says Rhode Island's eminent legislature even took shots on the floor of the House of Representatives recently—to celebrate the independence day of the Dominican Republic. You know, as one is wont to do.

In short, Walsh says, "the drinking blows my mind."

A Democrat who managed to oust a longtime incumbent last year, Walsh had been an unemployed waitress prior to joining the state legislature. The single mother says she was surprised, to say the least, at what she found in the state house. "You cannot operate a motor vehicle when you've had two beers, but you can make laws that affect people's lives forever when you're half in the bag? That's outrageous."

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Members of the Rhode Island establishment are having none of it. Joseph Shekarchi, the Democratic House majority leader says he has never seen anyone impaired while voting.

Don't think the Ocean State is the only one where drunken shenanigans are taking place in the hallowed halls of the legislature. Massachusetts voted in a rule change recently that banned meetings past midnight thanks to "late-night antics." California provides transportation for its lawmakers—after several were arrested for drunk driving. And there's no alcohol permitted in Oklahoma and Idaho's state houses—perhaps due to impulse control.

Who knew such fun was to be had in the nation's legislative halls?

If this were a decade ago, we might just be tempted to suggest that LMFAO apparently looks to state legislature for lyrical inspiration. Just saying...