Three DWIs is ‘pour’ leadership


Racking up his third drunken driving arrest since 2000, Marietto “Mario” Massillamany, 36, chairman of the Hamilton County Young Republicans is an embarrassment who needs to resign his post at once, for he has demonstrated poor decision making and clearly should not hold any position of leadership.

A leader of any public organization, political or not, has a responsibility to act as a role model whether he or she wants to; for although former NBA player Charles Barkley said he never wanted to be a role model, he was anyway.

It matters not that Massillamany was elected by the Young Republicans to be their chairman, he has disgraced the organization he represents, his profession as an attorney as well as himself as an allegedly moral, law-abiding citizen.

In fact, resigning as chairman of the Young Republicans should be the least of concern for Massillamany. Drinking and driving is an egregious crime demonstrative of a lack of personal responsibility and moral cowardice. Have there not been enough deaths and maimings due to the recklessness of drunk drivers?

At the very least, Massillamany needs to enter a 12-step program. More importantly, for the betterment of the community at large, Massillamany needs to lose his driver’s license for good. One DWI should result in a lost license for one year. A second offense, five years, and a third violation, a lifetime loss of driving privileges. Should injuries or deaths occur, concomitant prison sentences should accompany the loss of license.

Drinking and driving is no joke and its consequences no surprise with all the PSAs and news reports abound. Massillamany has the brains to know better and had no excuse for his behavior which could have resulted in greater tragedy.


Sanford D. Horn


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