Randy Dorn Pleads Guilty to DUI

The elected school Chief Randy Dorn plead guilty to DUI today in Orting Municipal Court today.  Already in the comment section of article in The Olympian, the public is jumping on him for setting a bad example.  One person posted the comment: “The kids are saying ‘see, it can’t be too bad if our schools leader does it’.”   That seems like a stretch – I am sure the kids really don’t give a hoot about the State’s elected schools chief, or even know that we have one.  How many of you knew who Randy Dorn was?  Besides filling the pages of The Olympian, this seems like a non-story.

“How he handles it will more likely determine what the outcome will be than the action itself,” said Seattle political consultant Cathy Allen of The Connections Group.  If convicted of the charge, Dorn, 56, will have to admit wrongdoing, apologize and promise to keep clean, she added.  “The public is pretty forgiving as long as (a politician) is apologetic and takes steps to make sure it never happens again,” Allen said. But public officials who try to justify their actions – or, worse, lie about them or ignore them – can find themselves in trouble, she added. In those cases, she said, “the court of public opinion can come down pretty hard.

2 Responses to “Randy Dorn Pleads Guilty to DUI”

  • Bea Yonsay:

    Anyone who listens to what PR experts have to say on the matter will end up making a smarmy videos featuring the self-serving voices of their dead parents (aka the “Tiger Woods Nike Shoe Defense” video)


    Didn’t Larry Craig plead guilty at arraignment also?
    Maybe not exactly the same, but weren’t his shoes “out of bounds” similar to Tiger Woods?

    Don’t give Dorn the boot. He is in good company.
    If the shoe fits… You must plead guilty!

  • Steve Graham:

    Thanks for posting that video clip – that was crazy what these pr guys come up with.

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