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Democrat House candidate convicted of DUI tells officers: ‘I hate this country’

One Democrat House candidate has found himself in hot water after newly released footage revealed how he really feels about America.

Steven Lamar Foster, a 61-year-old Democrat from Dalton, GA, told police while he was being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI): “I hate this country.” 

Foster is running against incumbent Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.

Over the legal limit

Foster was first pulled over by officers from the Dalton Police Department at 2:20 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2017 for driving without headlights, reportedly on his way home from dinner. Foster’s wife, Elizabeth Leitch, was also in the vehicle.

After failing a field sobriety test, a breathalyzer test showed Foster’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.103, over Georgia’s legal limit of 0.08. But Foster was unhappy with this result, and instead demanded multiple blood tests.

Those tests, which were administered at the Hamilton Medical Center, showed that Foster’s BAC was 0.107, nearly .03 over the legal limit. From there, nearly two hours after he was first stopped by police, Foster was transported to the Whitfield County jail.

“I hate this country”

It isn’t Foster’s arrest that has dominated headlines over the last several days, but rather, his dialogue with officers during the incident. Per department standards, Foster’s arrest was both audio and video recorded — and those recordings were quite damning.

“Eleven years I served this county,” Foster said during the exchange. “I hate this county. I prayed to God that he would curse it. And guess what? He did.”

The Democrat went on to make seemingly racist remarks before again reiterating his detest of America.

“Man, I saw it hit and cursed, and I saw people laid off right and left — white people,” Foster lamented. “I hate this county.”

“He’s still in the race”

Foster was found guilty of misdemeanor DUI on Monday by a jury who deliberated for just 15 minutes. Judge Cindy Morris ordered Foster to be held without bond ahead of his sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

Foster — who is the CEO of an urgent care facility known as MedNow, though his personal medical license was suspended indefinitely in October 2002 by the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners, who said he was “unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients due to a psychiatric disorder” — could face as much as a year in prison.

But despite the conviction and his apparent dislike of this country, Foster remains intent on running for House, according to his campaign manager, Dan Lovingood, who is also the Democratic Party’s 14th Congressional District chair and the first vice chair of the Whitfield County party.

“He would not have taken this to trial if he had thought he would be found guilty,” Lovingood said. “I have no comment to make other than that. He’s still in the race. He seems more determined than ever to continue.”

Lovingood went on to say that Tuesday’s sentencing may change some things, but that the final decision to run remains with Foster. Unfortunately for him, it’s up to the people of the 14th district to decide who represents them — and with a newfound reputation for hating his country, his odds for winning don’t look great.