Ex-Politico Reporter Mike Elk Arrested For Public Drunkenness

Betsy Rothstein | Reporter

Ex-Politico labor reporter Mike Elk is out on bail today after being arrested in Tennessee for a slew of charges that include public intoxication. He was booked on March 7 at 12:45 a.m. He was allegedly released on a $81,000 bond. He also faces felony bribery charges.

Aside from being drunken and loud, the other charges seem just as or even more serious:

THEFT OF SERVICES (UNDER $500)
BRIBERY OF PUBLIC SERVANT
RESISTING ARREST OR OBSTRUCTION OF LEGAL PROCESS
PUBLIC INTOXICATION
DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Elk refused to comment extensively on the matter. “I’ve seen ‘My Cousin Vinny’ enough times that you should call my lawyer.” The only other thing he’d say is: “I’m fine. Let my friends and family know I’m fine.”

A media source remarked to The Mirror: “Cop probably just thought Elk was drunk because he wouldn’t shut up about unionizing the police department or something.”

On a side note: Washington Free Beacon named Elk its 2015 “Man of the Year.”

See his mugshot below as published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Elk recently moved to Chattanooga after Politico canned him over the summer.

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