Dean\'s Son Arrested
The Hiller Instinct: Dean's Son Arrested
For Howard Dean the timing couldn't be much worse. He's scheduled to formally kick-off his presidential campaign on Monday and he'll still do that.
But the former Vermont governor cut short his campaigning today and cancelled some weekend activities to deal with what he's calling a serious problem. The problem involves Dean's only son, 17-year-old Paul.
The Dean Campaign confirms the teen and four of his high school hockey teammates were caught during a burglary at the Burlington Country Club. The boys were reportedly looking for liquor. Dean describes his son as an honor student and says he doesn't expect him to get any special treatment from police.
"When a child gets in trouble like this, it constitutes a family crisis, and I believe it's important that I be home," Dean said in part of a released a statement.
Historically Dean has been protective of his two children and he is now asking the media to respect his son's and his family's privacy.
But recent political history says that may not happen, particularly given the timing of the incident.