FAA Chief Babbitt Resigned Last Week for Drunk Driving

There are some who have taken issue with my calls for White County Justice of the Peace Bud Osborn to resign after he was charged with drunk driving on Thanksgiving Day.

As we learned yesterday, most of the quorum court also does not think it is appropriate for Osborn to resign at this time.

However, a reader on our Facebook Page has pointed out that last week Federal Aviation Administration Chief Randy Babbitt resigned after he was also charged with drunk driving.

From Fox News:

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Tuesday that he has resigned following his arrest in Virginia on drunken-driving charges. Babbitt said he did not want to “let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA.” He said he submitted his resignation Tuesday, “and it has been accepted.”

The announcement comes after Babbitt, 65, was arrested Saturday night in Fairfax City, Va., by a patrolman who said the FAA administrator was driving on the wrong side of the road. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Now, before someone goes wild, let me say: I do not know all of the details of Mr. Babbitt’s situation and do not intend to say these cases are identical.

However, there are obviously some parallels & Mr. Osborn should follow Mr. Babbitt’s example.

Nic Horton



  1. Klifford

    According to the article in the paper, only 6 Justices of the Peace were even contacted. That is not a majority, is it? Also, only three of those actually said we should wait for the trial before asking for a resignation. One said he should resign now, one said it was conduct unbecoming of an elected official and one said his constituents should decide his fate (I kinda agree with that opinion). That is definitely not a majority of the Q.C. Once again, you are making blanket statements/accusations.

    You are losing more and more credibility because you are consistently not getting your facts straight, casting stones at any and everyone who does something differently or thinks differently than you, and because you jump to your own conclusions and then post it as fact. Visiting this blog is like participating in amateur hour, and should be read for entertainment purposes only. Readers should take everything with a grain of salt.

    • Arkansas Patriot

      I have talked to some of the JPs that were not mentioned in the paper. They hold the same opinion. I am surprised to see you jumping to conclusions and casting stones at people who disagree with you. You have consistently gotten your facts wrong here.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Ron Speer

    If he was charged with DWI. He has to live with it like any other citizen. He may be a good man who made a serious mistake but he should not hold a leadership position at any level.

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