LAMBERTI OWI: Gov Says Commission Must Decide

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Gov. Terry Branstad says he doesn’t plan on asking for Jeff Lamberti’s resignation from the state Racing and Gaming Commission following a drunk driving arrest this weekend.

Lamberti’s the former Senate president and current vice-chair of the gaming commission.

Branstad says he plans to personally talk to Lamberti but he’s heard Lamberti’s apologized for his actions. He says it’s up to the commission whether Lamberti will remain a member.

“This is a mistake that he’s made and it’s a significant one. I don’t take it lightly. And obviously there are consequences to that he’s going to face,” said Branstad.

Des Moines police arrested Lamberti on suspicion of OWI, texting while driving and swerving in his truck after they stopped him on I-235.

A police report shows Lamberti’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. 

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