July 12th, 2007
04:20 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain state co-chairman arrested for soliciting sex

A Florida state chairman for McCain was arrested Wednesday.

(CNN) – A day after four of Sen. John McCain's top political strategists stepped down, the Arizona Republican's presidential campaign was dealt another setback when the co-chairman of his Florida campaign was arrested Wednesday for allegedly offering an undercover police officer money for a sex act, Titusville police said.

Florida State Rep. Bob Allen faces charges of solicitation for prostitution after he was arrested in a Titusville city park that had been under surveillance, police said.

He allegedly offered an undercover police officer $20 for the unspecified act.

Allen told CNN affiliate WFTV the incident was "a very big misunderstanding."

"This is a very gross mistake, a very big mistake," he said, adding that this is what the judicial system is for.

Allen said he helped build the park, and was there looking around.

There was no initial comment from the McCain campaign.

In March, the McCain campaign issued a news release on its Florida leadership team, saying, "Allen will serve as a House co-chair for Senator McCain's campaign."

Allen was elected to the Florida House in 2000.

His arrest comes a day after McCain's campaign manager Terry Nelson and chief strategist John Weaver announced their departures in joint statements released by the campaign.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator David Vitter, the southern regional chairman for Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, was linked to the so-called DC Madam's escort service.

Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, said in a statement, "This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and from my wife in confession and marriage counseling."

It was the second blow for Giuliani's campaign. Last month, South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, the state chairman for Giuliani's campaign, was indicted on federal cocaine charges.

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– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. George, Phoenix, AZ

    It's amazing how many holier than thou Republicans get caught with their pants down! Bob Allen is just the latest in the string of horny Republicans not getting laid enough because of their 'high moral values'...The interesting tidbit about Bob Allen is the article didn't specify if the officer was a man or woman...I have a hunch it was a man...maybe he can get hooked up with Mark Foley & Charlie Crist, both from Florida as well...

    July 12, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. outraged political activist

    So this bad, conservatives claim to be the party of morals. We all know this.

    What disgusts me is the fact that the PO was a MAN!!! That is ridiculous. And the price doesn't make this any better.

    And how come on every ticker someone is commenting on Ron Paul!! That is so annoying. They always find a way to sneak his name in.

    If you are one of those people I hope you’re not apart of his campaign staff, spending your time advertising on CNN's political ticker. Pathetic

    July 12, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    TO: James, Newington, CT

    You obviously have no clue about past foreign policy. Don't you know we have had realtions with Saddam. We gave him weapons to attack Iran and we gave Iran weapons to attack Iraq. Did you know that we funded Osama bin Laden in the Kosovo war and when the soviets invaded afghanistan, we provided stinger rockets to take down there helicopters? What we you were invaded or had another country here, what would you do? For pete sake, use logic. RON PAUL is the only one who see this. DId you know RON PAUL is on the foreign realtions committee and the finance one! Why don't you do a little research before you make ignorant comments like that about RON PAUL!

    July 12, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Jared, Bennington, VT

    Last Paragraph Correct

    When they say the "second blow", they are talking about Ravenel and Vitter.

    July 12, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    TO: James, Newington, CT

    You obviously have no clue about past foreign policy. Don’t you know we have had realtions with Saddam. We gave him weapons to attack Iran and we gave Iran weapons to attack Iraq. Did you know that we funded Osama bin Laden in the Kosovo war and when the soviets invaded afghanistan, we provided stinger rockets to take down there helicopters? What would you do if we were invaded or had another country here? For pete's sake, use logic. RON PAUL is the only one who says this. DId you know RON PAUL is on the foreign realtions committee and the finance one! Why don’t you do a little research before you make ignorant comments like that about RON PAUL!

    July 12, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Mike, HI

    "As for Ron Paul, he has real discernment issues himself. Do you really think we should be listening to the Islamic fascist terrorists to find out why they attacked us? We disturbed them first?"

    Yes, we did disturb them first. We don't know that from their propoganda; we know that from our own intelligence agency. And are you suggesting we shouldn't figure out why they attacked us? Simply understanding their reasoning does not mean you agree with them or condone their actions. But it is the first step in finding a solution.

    "A real LEADER doesn’t listen to the propaganda of his enemies."

    A real LEADER doesn't stay insulated and assumes he knows everything. Being a leader means responding to a situation appropriately, and one can only do that with correct information.

    "He realizes the true nature of his challenges and addresses them."

    And the truth is that our foreign policies have angered a lot of people, driving some to fly planes into buildings full of civilians. Paul, among others, has realized this truth, and thinks we can do more than invade countries to rectify the problem.

    As for the story at-hand... this certainly isn't going to help McCain. Other factors are causing much more damage, though.

    July 12, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Craig, Toronto, Canada

    I'm sure it's all a big misunderstanding. He was on his knees praying to Jesus and invited the officer to stand next to him and pray together.

    July 12, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Holly, Bridgeport, WV

    Obviously, the campaign is running out of money or he might have been able to offer $50, instead of a paltry $20. I'd say its time to stick the fork in St McCain.

    Well at least he will have more time to shop in the Iraq marketplace that is so much like an Indiana Fleamarket.

    Vitter must be a real genius to call a hooker from his home phone. It is so nice that his wife and his God have forgiven him. Too bad they don't pay his salary. Maybe he should apply for a job with them and quit the one he has.

    July 12, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Alessan

    Looks like the holy and thou people, have a bunch of hypocrites among them. Starting with Guiliani, a candidate for President. Maybe next time he be more forgiving instead of saying how awful it was that Bill Clinton, had oral sex with Monica, in the meantime behind his wife's back, he was inviting Judith to the house for an on going affair that led to a divorce. The right wing republicans should all stop talking about family values, because none of them have any, they are all disgusting liers and phonies. At least the Democrats don't claim to be pure. Let those among us without sin cast the first stone.

    McCain is immoral in a different way, I don't care if he was a prisoner of war, that means he should be more sympathic to the men and families who have lost their lives in a worthless war,that benefits no one except the rich, that includes Mr.Beer heir( McCain).

    July 13, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. Scott Hutcheson, Long Beach, CA

    Oh trust me, the "act" was specified in the police report.

    You guys need to get better at reporting married Republicans who cheat on their wives with men in a public restroom.

    July 13, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Why is it that if a few people who tout family values are caught doing things counter to what they profess, suddenly all people who tout them are hipocrites? You cant blame the actions of a few on the many.

    Whats even funnier is that the left on here who seem to love gay rights are willing to rake a man over the coals for wishing to act on gay urges, now thats hipocrisy..

    July 13, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Why is it, I wonder, that the detail of the police officer being a man, is conspicuously missing from the article? Could it be that CNN is omitting certain facts to lighten the load of the republicans ever so slightly? Shame CNN.....you USED to be the first name in news. Now? notsomuch.

    July 13, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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