This could be a major problem that won't go way easily.
Any number of public elected officials have had charges or convictions on driving under the influence - an offense that has been taken ever more seriously over the last generation.
Somehow, the impact may be a little higher for a superintendent of public instruction, the top education official in the state, than for some other offices. Washington's superintendent, Randy Dorn, has been charged with just that after an arrest early Sunday.
Watch carefully how he handles this . . .