(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - The western Hamilton County State Representative stopped for drunk driving in Dearborn County is being asked to step down.
Ohio Speaker of the House William Batchelder said Wednesday it is time for Robert Mecklenborg to resign.
Mecklenborg, 59, was arrested for OVI April 23 when he was pulled over on US 50 in Greendale. A young woman who was reported to be a stripper from Concepts Gentleman’s Club in Lawrenceburg was also in the car with the married father of three.
Batchelder said Mecklenborg, a member of the House Ethics Committee, has been seeking treatment. He was not in his seat at the Statehouse in Columbus Wednesday
Ohio Democrats began seeking Mecklenborg’s resignation almost immediately after news of his arrest arose June 29.
“State Representative Robert Mecklenborg, of his own choosing, endangered the lives of his female passenger and that of the public when he chose to drive intoxicated in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the night of Good Friday in April,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said Wednesday.
Redfern also questioned whether Republican leadership knew of Mecklenborg’s arrest earlier, but opted not to do anything about it.
“While there are many questions yet to be answered, such as whether House Republican leaders, including Speaker Bill Batchelder were aware of the events of April 23 before news broke a few days ago, I believe Rep. Mecklenborg showed a disregard for his family and the constituents he is supposed to represent. He failed them. It is time for him to go,” Redfern said.
Mecklenborg is scheduled to appear in Dearborn County court July 26.