There is a pleasant update to the case of Bob Allen. The Florida Republican state representative and John McCain campaign co-chairman has been convicted of offering $20 to perform oral sex on undercover police officer in a men's room sex sting.
The anti-gay and de-closeted state representative now "faces up to 60 days in county jail and a $500 fine for soliciting prostitution, a second-degree misdemeanor." Allen, who has sponsored six different sex crime bills this year, maintains his innocence and his heterosexuality, and, promises to appeal. "I am innocent; I've done nothing wrong," Allen claims.
Republicans in the Sunshine State are not pleased that Allen—just like fellow toe-tapper Larry Craig—has chosen to prolong the embarrassment of the "family values party."
The political career that ultimately elevated Allen to Florida co-chair for John McCain's presidential campaign is in jeopardy. State Republicans immediately urged him to reconsider his earlier vow to fight the charges and not resign. Florida law provides automatic expulsion for legislators convicted of felonies, but not misdemeanors - though Allen did lose chairmanship of the House Committee on Energy.
House Speaker Marco Rubio said the House would act if Allen didn't.
Allen's attorney's succeeded in barring two statements that received the most coverage: The closeted Republican's claim that he was intimidated by the officer who was, in his words, a "stocky black man", and, attempts to impress officers with his legislative credentials. Closeted, anti-gay racist Republican latrine queens: It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Some Background ...
Florida GOP Rep. Bob Allen Apologizes to NAACP [R20]
FL Rep. Caught Soliciting: "Blacks Made Me Do It" [R20]
FL GOP Rep. Charged with Soliciting Oral [R20]
(Another) Conservative Caught in Sex Scandal [R20]
Yet ANOTHER Republican Caught Cruising Restrooms [R20]
A Tale of Two Cities [Advocate]
Senate Republicans Knew About "Closeted" Larry Craig's "Weird Problem" [R20]
Larry Craig Vows to Remain in Office [R20]
Larry Craig Pays a Surprise Visit to Senate [R20]
News: Larry Craig Latest, David Vitter [R20]
Larry Craig Latest: "Not Guilty!" [R20]
WI Republican Chairman Faces Charges in (Gay) Sex and Drugs Scandal with Teen [R20]