Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, issued a statement Tuesday evening about his recent arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
In the e-mailed statement, Graham apologized for any embarrassment he has caused for his family, friends and the citizens of Boone and Randolph counties.
His complete, unedited statement is below:
STATEMENT FROM SEN. CHUCK GRAHAM
Oct. 23, 2007
“First, I want to thank everyone who has contacted me or my office during this challenging time. Your support has been of great comfort to me, and I’m eternally grateful.
“I want to apologize to my family, friends, and most importantly, to the citizens of Boone and Randolph counties for any embarrassment I have caused to them. I’m sorry that this incident occurred, not for myself, but for the other people involved and for those who have put their trust in me.
“I know there are many questions about this case that members of the media would like to have answered, and I would like to answer them. As a journalism school graduate, I know the important role the media plays in our society. I have always been open to the media, and I will continue to be in the future. However, there are many details about the incident that my lawyer has instructed me not to discuss at this time. I am as frustrated as the members of the media about not being able to publicly comment on all aspects of this case, but it is a reality with which I must deal.
“I have faith in the judicial system to conduct this matter in a fair and impartial manner while safeguarding the constitutional rights that we share as American citizens. There is a legal process that has to be worked through, and I’m doing my best to cooperate with everyone involved. I take full responsibility for my actions, and I will abide by what the final decision is in my case.
“As I deal with this personal issue, my staff and I will continue to represent the people of the 19th Senatorial District and stand up for the important issues of our area. I also intend to use this incident as an opportunity to grow and improve myself. None of us is perfect, and that statement certainly applies to me more than many other people. But after this cloud of adversity dissipates, I hope to be a better person that will be able to serve the people in our area in an even more effective way.”