Ohio Republican Party chairman Bob Bennett wants U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan to give more explanation and disclose records about the Democrat congressman's public intoxication charge from August.
Bennett also mentions in a news release that Ryan, just elected to another two-year term in Congress, is co-chairman of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery and Military Health and Suicide Prevention caucuses.
''With so many questions unanswered, it will be impossible for Congressman Ryan to maintain credibility as a leader of a congressional organization that raises awareness and other concerns for people facing addiction issues,'' Bennett states in the release.
Ryan was charged with the misdemeanor Aug. 25 while walking to his hotel after the rehearsal dinner for a staff member's wedding in Lexington, Va. A judge dismissed the charge on Dec. 4.
Ryan's spokesman, Pat Lowry, said the congressman maintained from the time he was cited that he was not intoxicated.
Ryan told a reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he was walking awkwardly down the street because his back was sore from an old football injury. Lowry said that Ryan has had recurring back issues.
Lowry did not want to comment on Bennett's statement.