Thursday, December 21, 2006

MADD Cuts Ties With Miss Teen USA

We've now reached critical mass in this national crisis. The underage party girls are out of control. Time for an intervention

Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, above right, with Tara Conner, center, and Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, has apparently has come to enjoy adult beverages.
The reigning Miss Teen USA's official biography says she loves hiking, water sports and apples — "only cold, red ones!"

But allegations of less innocent extracurricular activities — underage drinking and carousing with Miss USA Tara Conner — led the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving to sever ties with 18-year-old Katie Blair.

The day before, Conner had tearfully admitted drinking as a minor at New York nightclubs. She turned 21 on Monday.

"In the past, MADD has teamed with Miss Teen USA to raise awareness about the serious and often deadly consequences of underage drinking," said Heidi Castle, a spokeswoman for MADD, in a statement. "However, we do not feel, at this time, that Ms. Blair can be an effective spokesperson on underage drinking and will not ask her to represent MADD in future initiatives."

A message left for a representative of Blair, an 18-year-old from Billings, Mont., wasn't returned Wednesday.

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