Tom Burcham expects legislature to support Chuck Graham
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Tom Burcham expects legislature to support Chuck Graham

Date: October 22, 2007
By: Ben DeMeyer
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Despite Columbia state senator Chuck Graham's arrest for a suspected DWI, one former state representative thinks Graham will find support from other legislators.

Benjamin DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more.

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Chuck Graham's legislative future is unclear as both Democrats and Republicans refuse to comment on his arrest.

One man says he expects other legislators to help Graham through this incident.

Tom Burcham was a State Representative when he was arrested twice for DWIs in 2002, and says he felt support from both sides of the aisle.

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I have no doubt that the folks that are in the state senate, and the folks that are in the general assembly as a whole, will be personally supportive to Senator Graham.

Burcham says the Republican party may try to capitalize on Graham's mistake, but that individuals in the legislature will likely provide encouragement.

From the state capitol, this is Benjamin DeMeyer.


Intro: In the wake of Columbia state senator Chuck Graham's arrest for a suspected DWI, a former state representative expects Graham to receive bipartisan support on a personal level.

Benjamin DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more. 

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After his arrest Saturday night in Columbia, Chuck Graham's legislative future is unclear.

Democrats and Republicans are refusing to comment on the issue, but one former Republican legislator says both sides should lend support.

Tom Burcham was arrested twice for DWIs while serving as a state Representative in 2002, and says he felt encouragement from both parties.

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Description: I would expect that even the most ardent and partisan Republican wishes Chuck Graham well personally.


Burcham emphasized that support would come on a personal level, not necessarily a political one.

From the state capitol, this is Benjamin DeMeyer.