The Florida Republican state legislator who was arrested after offering $20 to perform oral sex on an undercover police officer tells the NAACP he is no "racist."
Rep. Bob Allen made headlines after his arrest by claiming that he was intimidated by the officer who was, in his words, a "stocky black man." Civil rights groups were not pleased and "the Florida Civil Rights Association is calling for his resignation." Addressing the Brevard County NAACP, the disgraced lawmaker says those remarks were taken "out of context."
"I don't consider that a racist description. The description was of the people outside the facility and inside the facility with me," Allen said. "They described me as an overweight, disheveled white man. I don't consider that a racist description. The description was of the people outside the facility and inside the facility with me."
Allen was voted the Tampa Police Union's 2007 Lawmaker of the Year and the "stocky black man" whom he offered $20 for oral—as well as the "people outside the facility"—were all "undercover officers staking out a nearby condo."
Allen is running for state senate and refuses all calls to resign. The conservative Republican lawmaker—sponsor of six different sex crime bills this year—claims to be innocent and will not explain how he came to follow one of the officers into the restroom. Perhaps that explanation will come Monday in his first court appearance.