Sacramento CA.- New developments in the DUI arrest of California senator after leaving a gay bar. Senator Roy Ashburn’s blood-alcohol level was .14 when he was pulled over.
The arrest is raising new question about Ashburn — an outspoken opponent of gay rights — who has been spotted frequently at gay bars in Sacramento.
West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon — who is openly gay — says he has seen Ashburn in gay hotspots a number of times. He says while he respects Ashburn’s right to privacy, but not when it involved hypocrisy.
“You can’t just live a double life in politics anymore,” said Cabaldon. “To live a secret life and at the same time be attacking exactly the same people you are one of, but you are too ashamed to admit, that’s the hypocrisy for folks whether you are gay or not. It’s just unacceptable in politics.”
Cabaldon posted his frustration on Facebook about six months ago saying “It wouldn’t bother me so bad to see Roy Ashburn at Badlands with a boy if he didn’t have such a bad voting record on gay rights.”
Cabaldon is speaking up again after learning Ashburn was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving near the Capitol after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub. The owner of Faces says he can’t confirm that Ashburn was there because the club was packed with more than 400 patrons for a Latin Drag Queen Beauty Pageant.
“Even politicians have personal lives and they are nobody else’s business. But how you vote — and when you claim to be something that you are not, and use that to discriminate then it becomes the public’s business,” said Cabaldon.
Ashburn served six years as a state Assemblyman before being elected to the State Senate. According to Project Vote Smart, Ashburn’s voting record shows he has voted against every gay rights measure in the State Senate since taking office including Recognizing Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages”, Harvey Milk Day and Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws.
CBS13 has attempted to talk to Ashburn, but he was absent from the capitol for a second day. We’ve also attempted to contact him at home and his office, but have gotten no response.