Arrest fallout: Fellow politician says Ashburn lives 'secret life'

Arrest fallout: Fellow politician says Ashburn lives 'secret life'
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Sacramento County District Attorney's office said Thursday that Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, had a blood-alcohol level of .14 -- nearly twice the legal limit of .08 -- when he was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly driving drunk in downtown Sacramento.

The fallout continues after a report by KOVR CBS 13 in Sacramento that Ashburn had been at a gay nightclub prior to his arrest. At the time of his arrest, Ashburn had an unidentified male passenger with him who was not a staff member nor a fellow legislator.

Christopher Cabaldon, the openly gay mayor of West Sacramento, told KOVR he has spotted Ashburn at gay hot spots a number of times.

According to Project Vote Smart, Ashburn has consistently voted against gay rights legislation, including "nay" votes on recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages, creating a day recognizing slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk and expanding anti-discrimination laws.

"You can't just live a double life in politics anymore," Cabaldon told KOVR. "To live a secret life and at the same time be attacking exactly the same people you are one of, but you are too ashamed to admit, that's the hypocrisy for folks whether you are gay or not. It's just unacceptable in politics."

The owner of Faces, the gay club allegedly frequented by Ashburn, could not confirm to KOVR whether Ashburn was at the club that night, because the club was packed with patrons.

A spokesman for Ashburn said he had no information whether the senator had been at the gay club. Repeated calls to Ashburn seeking comment have not been returned. Ashburn was not at work for a second straight day on Thursday.

Kern County court records show Ashburn was married for more than
26 years when he filed for divorce in 2003. He has four children and two grandchildren.

Click here to see documents showing probable cause for arrest and charges against Ashburn.