The disgraced Florida State Rep Bob Allen returns to the headlines. The Republican legislator caught cruising a public restroom and offering to perform oral sex upon an undercover officer for $20 maintains his innocence and offers a not-so-novel defense strategy, what pop culture blogger Novaslim calls the "Lindsay Lohan Defense": The Black guys made me do it.
Read it and weep in The Orlando Sentinel:
"I certainly wasn't there to have sex with anybody and certainly wasn't there to exchange money for it," said Allen, R-Merritt Island, who was arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution.
"This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park," Allen, who is white,& told police in a taped statement after his arrest. Allen said he feared he "was about to be a statistic" and would have said anything just to get away.[...]
When Allen was being placed in a marked patrol car, he asked whether "it would help" if he was a state legislator, according to a police report. The officer replied, "No."
Here is the delicious part: Allen was voted the Tampa Police Union's 2007 Lawmaker of the Year and the big black men that he allegedly feared—the "pretty stocky black guy" whom he offered $20 for oral, as well as the "other black guys" outside—were all "undercover officers staking out a nearby condo hoping to catch a burglar."
This year alone, Allen sponsored six different sex crime bills this year and three focus on indecent exposure and soliciting sex. He has also supported amending the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage and opposed a bill to curb the bullying of gay students.