Anne Arundel County Del. Don Dwyer (R- Pasadena) took to Facebook Thursday night to thank his supporters who have stood by him after he admitted to before he crashed his boat earlier this month. The post reads:
"I just want to thank all of you who have supported me with your prayers and comments. I have a long road in front of me but I assure you, I will make it past this earthly trial. Please keep me and those injured in your prayers."
It's the first public comments made by Dwyer since the Republican held a press conference the day after the crash where he admitted to drinking and appeared to confirm his blood alcohol content was above the legal .08 level.
"No one, no one should be drinking and operating a motor vehicle or power boat," Dwyer said at the press conference. "I deeply regret my actions and ask for forgiveness from the public."
Seven people were injured—including five children— smashed into a 20-foot Bayliner on the Magothy River in Pasadena on Aug. 22. The youngest victim was a 5-year-old girl who suffered a cracked skull as a result of the crash, according to WJLA.
Dwyer's Facebook post had 147 likes and 34 comments in support of the delegate as of Friday at 11 a.m., but it is not known whether comments critical of Dwyer have been removed.
Stephanie Healy Rall wrote that "We all fall short of the glory of God ... We have all made mistakes and bad decisions."
And Paul G Huhn cautioned Dwyer to keep his eyes and ears open because "the liberals will try to exploit this to ruin you."
But not everyone has been supportive of Dwyer in the wake of this scandal.
Del. Nic Kipke,who serves as another District 31 Republican alongside Dwyer, told the Capital Gazette he was horrified by the accident and suggested Dwyer think long and hard about resigning.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Annapolis) told The Washington Post the legislature’s Ethics Committee would wait until after the judicial process runs it course before making a decision about disciplinary action.