While Austin Smith, the Democratic challenger of Florence State Rep. Kris Crawford, has enough of an uphill battle in the Republican-trending district, it seems like that his Wednesday night arrest for public drunkenness won't help things much.
Smith drew the attention of officers who were called to a Florence bar to investigate an altercation that did not involve him. During their investigation, he drew their attention when he asked for the officers to give him a sobriety test so he could know if it was safe for him to drive home, telling them they were “public servants and he paid their salary.”
Smith told the officers had been drinking since 3 p.m. that afternoon afternoon, which he described as his “typical routine for Thursday.” Perhaps if he was spending his Thursdays reaching voters, which most candidates do this close to Election Day, his campaign might be doing better - and he certainly wouldn't have spent the night in the Florence County jail.
The House candidate, who is in his last semester studying political science at Francis Marion University, was also arrested in July for underage drinking. It seems like there's a pattern here.
Looks like the most important lessons that Smith is learning these days aren't taught in a classroom.