365Gay.com July 12, 2007
Titusville, Florida -- A
co-chair of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in Florida has been busted
for trying to pick up an undercover male police officer.
State Rep. Bob Allen (R), a foe of LGBT rights in Florida, is charged with
offering the cop $20 for oral sex in a washroom at Veteran's Memorial Park in
Police said that Allen, 48, was seen coming in and out of a restroom three times
before approaching the officer.
Allen has been charged with solicitation for prostitution, which has a maximum
penalty of one year in jail.
The state lawmaker is one of six co-chairs of McCain's Florida campaign.
Allen posted a $500 bond and was released pending trial.
Ironically in the last session of the Florida legislature he sponsored a failed
bill that would have tightened the state's prohibition on public sex. He
also has been a supporter of amending the state constitution to ban same-sex
marriage and has opposed a bill to curb bullying of gay students.
Allen resigned Thursday from the McCain campaign.
Meanwhile, two McCain strategists abandoned the campaign in Iowa on Thursday.
Ed Failor Jr.and Karen Slifka longtime GOP operatives with deep ties in Iowa.
The three withdrawals Thursday will hurt McCain's campaign already damaged by