The group breaks with Katie Blair after her alleged link to Tara Conner

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 21, 2006 08:30 AM

Donald Trump may be in a forgiving mood this holiday season, but Mothers Against Drunk Driving is not.

The group announced it is severing ties with Miss Teen USA Katie Blair after news reports that she was allegedly observed partying in New York clubs with Miss USA Tara Conner.

“MADD was disappointed to hear news reports of Miss Teen USA Katie Blair illegally drinking underage,” spokeswoman Heidi Castle said in a statement posted on the MADD Web site Wednesday.

“In the past,” the statement continued, “MADD has teamed with Miss Teen USA to raise awareness about the serious and often deadly consequences of underage drinking. 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.”

Trump, of course, presented Conner, who just turned 21, with a second chance on Tuesday after widespread reports of her hard-partying ways. She will retain her title, as well as enter rehab. (For Rosie O’Donnell and Trump’s war of words over the Conner issue, click here).

Blair, 18, of Billings, Mont., will also keep her crown, according to Miss Universe Organization spokeswoman Lark-Marie Anton, adding that the organization respects “MADD’s decision as much as we respect their work. We look forward to working with them in the future,” the Associated Press reports.

Castle’s statement concludes with, “We wish Ms. Blair the best as she fulfills her role as Miss Teen USA, and we hope to work with the Miss Teen organization in the future.”