Paiva Weed: Ruggerio “has accepted responsibility”
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed remains unstinting in support of her majority leader, Dominick Ruggerio, after he today acknowledged refusing to take an alcohol-breath test during a traffic stop last week. She says this in a statement:
I would like to say that I am pleased to see that Senator Ruggerio has accepted responsibility for his actions. No one is above the law and everyone – including elected officials – should be respectful of individuals in the law enforcement community, particularly when they are doing their jobs.
According to the ProJo, Ruggerio must pay a $200 fine, perform 10 hours of community service, have his license suspended for six months and attend DWI school. The senator appeared before Traffic Court chief magistrate William Guglietta, who served as House legal counsel from 2003-2007.
Paiva Weed’s statement offered this comment about Senator Frank Ciccone, who reportedly threatened Barrington police during the incident:
Although there seems to be a difference of opinion on the details of that night, Senator Ciccone has expressed regret for his actions that evening as well.