Caldwell is yet to return a call for comment.
- CALDWELL: EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR OF THE PAPER OF RECORD
Caldwell is the editorial page editor who defended endorsing a candidate for state senate last year without calling any of her would-be opponents.
Editor Peter Bhatia referred us to publisher Chris Anderson for comment—Anderson is on a flight at the moment, but we've got a request in for comment.
The case is ongoing at the District Attorney's office, says police spokeswoman Mary Wheat.
"I haven't seen the reports," says DA Mike Schrunk.
"Those are the serious misdemeanors," he continues. "There's a recognition that that is serious, and that's why the police officers on the street and the District Attorney's office and the courts take them seriously. No one is immune from that."
Diversion is available for a first DUI charge, says Schrunk. But it's serious, "and it plays hell with your insurance company."
One of Schrunk's own deputy DA's got a serious DUI last year, on the way back from a party to raise money for court care for children. She's still with his office after going through diversion.
I'm off to my leaving party for an O'Douls (my got sober date is July 4, 2007). But if you're interested in Oregon's broad problem with alcoholism, or the fact that alcohol and addiction problems cost the state an estimated $3.2billion a year in revenue, watch this video by the Mental Health Association of Portland:
If he keeps his job, let's hope Caldwell becomes a more vocal advocate for prioritizing alcohol and drug treatment, and a less vocal advocate for...I don't know...picking on people who tend to suffer with addictions and other vulnerabilities, using band-aid, barely constitutional laws.
If he keeps his job.