DuPage GOP Chairman Accuses Foe Of Threat After DUI Arrest

CHICAGO (CBS) — The chairman of the Republican Party in DuPage County says his political opponent threatened to expose an embarrassing videotape unless he quit a primary election race.

State Rep Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) is running against state Sen. Carole Pankau in the primary for the 23rd District state Senate seat.

According to Ramey, Pankau said a police video from Ramey’s DUI arrest in August would not see light of day if he dropped out.

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Ramey did not drop out, and the video has been released.

In the video, Ramey has trouble getting through his ABCs during a field sobriety test. The arresting officer then tells Ramey his blood alcohol content was .204. Published reports has Ramey BAC at .17.

Ramey then appears to use his influence to try to get out of the arrest.

“Do you know who I am?” he says. He officer replies that he doesn’t care.

Ramey said he has learned from his mistakes.

According to the Daily Herald, Pankau’s campaign released a written statement: “Sen. Pankau made the decision, for the good of the Republican Party, to share the video with leaders in the party, as we were concerned with the abuse of power Rep. Ramey exhibited.”

The statement said Ramey was not approached about withdrawing from the contest.

  • Tom

    First of all, let me state that I don’t vote in the area that these two folks are running for office in. Having said that, let me get this straight. Pankau, a politician, is concerned about another politician trying to use some influence to either get something, or, get out of something? Why, I’m sure she was shocked, appaled, flabergasted, incredulous, and mostly surprised that a politician would use his position to get something or get out of something.

    • Afro

      But yet the blackmale over the video is okay LMAOWROF

    • strange

      “Tom”… Give us a break here… as Dave said down below “He would have done the same thing” as would MANY people…especially your Politician Pankau would without a doubt…And here is another point I certainly will not vote for Senator Pankau in the upcoming election..that doesn’t mean I will vote for Rep. Ramey, but i definitely will not vote for her because I am a Resident of Bensenville, I have been for 46 years. She is my State Senator, and I don’t ever recall seeing her around my town. Are we too “low class” for her? A resident of the prestigious Itasca? Senator of the “high class” Bloomingdale?….

  • smooth

    Question: Did Randy Ramey have any other DUI arrests prior to this?

    • givehimachance

      No he did not.

  • Dave

    I have no problem with this guy making the police aware that he is someone in a prominent position. I would have done exactly the same thing. Often times the police will exercise disgretion when they know they are dealing with someone important.

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