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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007, at 3:50 PM

This is not good news, no matter what part of the political spectrum you adhere to:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police say family members of state Rep. Rob Briley have asked officers to help find the Nashville Democrat because of fears that he might be suicidal.

Briley's brother says the lawmaker checked himself out of a rehabilitation center on Wednesday and was last heard from in the Memphis area late that evening.

Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron says Briley's name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database with instructions for police to check on his well-being.

Briley was arrested last month after police said he led them on a 100 mph chase and failed a roadside sobriety test. Police said they found an empty bottles of whiskey and prescription drugs in Briley's car.

This may not be just about the DUI, but some rather juicy tidbits that are making their way to the public's notice.

I'd have to agree with Hobbs, that if true, this is an "ethical black hole" that Briley has gotten himself into.

But the suicide angle ... well, I think we've seen quite enough of that sort of thing lately, if you know what I mean. I'm hoping he is found and it turns out alright.

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It's sad when people think the only way out of trouble is to take their own life. That man killing himself in Clarksville (even though he wasn't in trouble) still haunts me, I can't imagine what the board in that county is going through. What is even sadder is that politics had everything in the world to do with that suicide and what sadly may become the suicide of this man.

Praying that he is found before he does something he can't take back.

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 3:54 PM

I saw a while ago on the news they found him in a Casino in Tunica.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 6:27 PM

I'm glad he's found and glad he's alright, as I heard the same thing that Dianatn heard. It was reported on 101.5 this morning, as I was coming to work.

However I do have a problem with the way he was treated on the original DUI arrest. He made a complete arse out of himself and vandalized the police car. Then when he gets to jail, instead of having to make a bond, like everyone else does, he gets released to a "responsible person". I just wonder how much more special treatment he will get once his day in court comes.


-- Posted by HorseGentler on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 8:03 AM

I'm glad to see this turned out all right. The last thing this state needs is yet another sleazy scandal from our ethically challenged lawmakers.

However, reading the blog post from Bill Hobbs I linked above would tend to dash those hopes...

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 9:11 AM

Here's the article that lead to yesterday's troubles:


-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 9:20 AM

I'm not condoning what Rob Briley has done. However, there may be underlying circumstances that may be leading to his irrational behavior. Rather than criticize him, maybe we should dig deeper to see if there are emotional or mental problems that are the roots of his behavior. Many people with bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses often act in irrational ways. Hopefully, Mr. Briley can get help if indeed he needs it.

-- Posted by volfanatic on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 9:32 AM

If you read the Nashville Scene article above, this isn't the first time Briley needed help. My question would be, with such a long history of behavior like this, why in the world do people keep voting for him? And why did other lawmakers keep covering for him? When the GOP asked that Briley step down, all they got was an insult from the Speaker of the House.

I fear we're going to hearing about a lot more sleaze being uncovered with the affair with the lawyer.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Fri, Oct 12, 2007, at 9:48 AM

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