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June 20, 2003

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Paul Dean, Howard Dean's 17 year old son, was arrested this morning for allegedly being the 'wheel man' in a 'getaway car' for four friends that were breaking into the Burlington Country Club. They allegedly broke into a cooler in the back of the building and took a dozen cases of beer and several dozen cases of champagne when a police officer noticed Paul and began questioning what he was doing.

The boys apparently previously cased out the cooler before hand and had bolt cutters and two way radios with them.

Upon hearing of the news Howard Dean canceled his appearances in Iowa this weekend and is now returning to Vermont.

This couldn't have happened at a worse time for Dean. He was supposed to announce his candidacy in Burlington, VT this Monday. In my mind its now doubtful that it will go as planned.

Posted in Politics & Law , Vermont by usrbingeek at 2003-06-20 18:18 ET (GMT-5) | 5 Comments | Permalink


Bad taste, somewhat similar to the Bush daughters getting busted for underage drinking. It really does not go to the man - just his offspring making dumb choices. Really poor taste to laugh at someone's children for their mistakes.

I am praying for you and your grandmother's sake. I don't wish you ill at all.

I just think laughing about this is about as bad as laughing at Bush's niece Nicole. Children make mistakes. A 17 year old is very easily influenced by peer pressure, and he needs to be taught a lesson, but laughing at it?

Why do we feel the need to hurt others so badly? If you have children, you might understand how difficult they can be. If you don't, you don't understand yet - especially teenagers. I know, I was one once, and now I have two. They can be stubborn and do really stupid things - it happens.

It isn't worth blaming the parents though - the kid was a wheel man on what may have been a childish prank - don't overstate what the case is on this. Just really feels weird to see the laugh and enjoyment over someone else's pain.

Posted by: Chuck Talk at June 22, 2003 09:17 PM

You fail to understand the context of this. Howard Dean has been Governor for over a decade *here* in Vermont and has always trotted out his 'perfect' children every chance he got, like their shit don't stink. However for a long time his son has been involved in under-aged drinking, drugs, and lots of other problems. This is all widely known within the Burlington area but this is the first time it has made the press and media.

As far as the Bush twins go, they shouldn't be beyond the law either. If politicians are going to bring out their 'perfect' families when they campaign and then sweep them under the rug when they do something wrong it deserves public attention and ridicule. No one should be above the law and there is no excuse for violating it. Bush twins included.

You know it's a shame I won't be in town tomorrow to heckle and protest at his announcement as I had previously planed. ;)

Posted by: #!/usr/bin/geek at June 22, 2003 09:55 PM

I think that if anything this just makes him seem more like a real person. Everyone makes mistakes. I think what is important to notice is that he took time off from his busy schedule to handle his family issue.

Stealing is wrong but this seems like more of a prank than a crime of malice or just a way to get drunk. There are a lot easier ways to get liquor.

Besides you can hardly criticize a politician for his kids getting caught drinking except to point out that its politicians that insist on making "underage drinking" such an issue. Nearly every American 15 and over drinks to some extent. The real alcoholics and drunk drivers are mostly 30-55 so all this underage drinking propoganda is mainly to distract from the reality that its these same kids' parents who are out boozin and cruisin.

Posted by: Facekhan at June 23, 2003 01:58 AM

Big, fat, hairy deal.

Posted by: Lesko at July 11, 2003 01:21 AM

I work at the place that they tried to rob. I was very ticked off that they would do something like that. It was premeditated, they had bolt cutters to cut the three locks, hockey bags to put the beer and champaine in and they got away with over a thousand dollars of goods, before they got caught.

I also know Paul Dean from school because when he was a freshman I was a senior, I really dont like his family that much, because I agree with #!/usr/bin/geek, Dean tries to say that his family is perfect and all good, and I know so much stuff that Paul has done that his father would kill him for.

Another thing that gets me mad about the whole thing is I think he will get away with it just because his father is rich and popular. I was at work that other day and heard some members talking to a manager saying oh he is a great kid, just made a bad mistake and such, trying to get them to not press charges, and that makes me mad, becuase if it was a normal kid Pauls age, that didnt have a father that everyone knew they would be in a lot of trouble, I really dont like how people can get away with crimes just because they are rich and somewhat powerful.

Posted by: Colin at July 11, 2003 11:53 AM

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