Another defender of family values goes down...

Discussion in 'In the News' started by Macktee, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

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    GOP state lawmaker plans to 'vigorously' fight prostitution charges


    TITUSVILLE -- A Republican state lawmaker charged with offering to perform oral sex for $20 on an undercover male police officer vowed Thursday to defend himself in court and said he would not resign from office.

    "I am filing a not guilty plea. I am vigorously going to fight this," state Rep. Bob Allen, a co-chairman of Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign in Florida, said at a news conference. "I am not resigning my office because the people elected me and want me to do a good job. I am going to do a good job for them in finishing this term."

    Allen called his arrest "an ugly and unpleasant situation that has been thrust on me and my family." The lawmaker had sponsored a failed bill that would have tightened the state's prohibition on public sex.

    He choked up when he thanked backers who had contacted him to offer their support. He warned people not to jump to conclusions about what happened but said he could not offer any details about the arrest because of his legal strategy. Allen is married and has a teenage daughter.

    "It is not true. It is inaccurate and therefore, it's not guilty," Allen said.

    Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer said the matter would be addressed in a timely and appropriate matter.

    "While this is an extremely serious matter, the House of Representatives and the judiciary system have established a process to deal with situations of this nature," Greer said in a statement.

    However, House Speaker Marco Rubio said in a statement that because the charge against Allen is a misdemeanor, not a felony, "the House rules don't provide for a specific response in the event that he is found to be guilty."

    "The charge against Rep. Allen is serious," Rubio said. "We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate steps if necessary."

    Allen's arrest on Wednesday came days after a Southern supporter of McCain opponent Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, was identified as a client of a Washington, D.C., escort service.

    "It just seems sad and tragic," Gov. Charlie Crist said Thursday when asked in Miami about Allen's arrest.

    Veterans Memorial Park was under surveillance when Allen was seen coming in and out of a rest room three times, said police Lt. Todd Hutchinson. Allen, 48, then approached an undercover officer and was arrested.

    He has been charged with solicitation for prostitution, which has a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Brevard County jail officials said Allen posted a $500 bond.

    While being transported to jail, Allen told WFTV Channel 9 that the situation was "a very big misunderstanding."

    Allen was elected to the Florida House in 2000. He was chairman of the House Committee on Energy.
  2. Rammstein

    Rammstein New Member


    this should be good tv.

  3. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

    Same guy, different news sources. #-o

    I jes gotta start paying more attention to names... But, all I tend to see is a great big ol' flashing HYPOCRITE sign blinking off and on. :oops:

    This story does have a little more info, particularly about his "legal strategy"..... [-o<
  4. merlock

    merlock Active Member

    I read that he has a teenage daughter. I really feel sorry for her when school starts up in the fall. :(
  5. Tinkerhell

    Tinkerhell Active Member

    What is it with people like this?
    We had that guy up here in Atlanta recently that did the same thing at the airport. What was he an attny or judge or something? Is it something in government that drives people to just snap & do weird crap like this? Or are we just electing these nuts? Is it that these types of deviants are just drawn to the political arena? I can't believe that it's just the law of averages.
    Go ahead & include the crazed sports stars & silly rich people too like Paris H. Got everything in the world going for them & they act like complete twits.