Politicians talk a lot about personal responsibility. Mitt Romney even told some wealthy donors:
“My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
But the self-appointed “masters of the universe”, such as Mitt Romney and other privileged folks, don’t usually take personal responsibility for their actions.
Take for example New Mexico’s own Nathaniel “Nate” Q. Gentry.
Gentry is the Republican candidate for New Mexico House District 30 and a personal favorite of Governor Susana Martinez. She recently demonstrated her affection for Gentry by spending the maximum allowed $5,000 on behalf of his campaign on August 20th. (see page 5)
Gentry is one of those folks who apparently does not feel the need to take responsibility for his own actions, no matter how bad they are. He is even willing to lie in order to side-step his responsibility.
Gentry was once charged with aggravated DWI, reckless driving, and possessing an open container of alcohol in his Mercedes SUV. He had slammed into a parked car and a trashcan before police were finally able to pull him over. His speech was slurred and he was unable to perform either the walk and turn or the one leg stand tests.
Gentry blew a .23/.21, nearly three times the legal limit. That takes a lot more than just a few drinks for a guy who weighed 190 lbs at the time.
When Gentry decided it was not important enough for him to appear in court, the judge issued him two separate warrants for contempt.
As sometimes happens to people closely connected to powerful folks, the prosecutor was conveniently not ready for trial and the judge dismissed the case. Although the case appeared to be ready for trial at an earlier date, but Gentry didn’t bother to show.
Gentry spun the dismissal as if he had done nothing wrong, “I was charged with DWI and related traffic offenses in New Mexico. All charges were dismissed,” he told the Albuquerque Journal.
Gentry was in fact convicted of contempt of court for not bothering to appear when required.
There is also the mystery criminal charge made against Gentry while working for Senator Pete Domenici in Washington, D.C.. Charged with what, we don’t know. The charge was dismissed the day it was filed.
What were the facts that led to the criminal charge and why the rapid dismissal?
Did he accept personal responsibility for his actions? Or did some friends in high places bail him out of trouble…again? We’ll probably never know.