McCain Official Busted on Sex Charge

By Justin Rood

Jul 12, 2007 11:33am

An official with the John McCain presidential campaign was arrested for allegedly soliciting oral sex from a policeman in Florida yesterday. Bob Allen, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, is one of six Florida co-chairs for the Arizona Republican senator’s 2008 White House bid.  According to news accounts, local police in Titusville, Fla., arrested Allen Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly offered to exchange $20 for oral sex with the plainclothes officer. Allen was charged with solicitation to commit prostitution, a misdemeanor. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. Allen has said he believes the charges are "a very big misunderstanding" and "disgusting."  If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. McCain’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning. Titusville police told reporters Allen caught their attention after he drove through the town’s Veterans Memorial Park twice and went in and out of the park’s bathroom three times. On his final trip to the bathroom, a plainclothes officer followed him to investigate. Allen made his solicitation through the door of a men’s room stall to the officer, according to police. McCain named Allen and five other men co-chairs of his Florida campaign in March. "These men are respected leaders in their communities and have real experience wrestling with the important issues of our day," the Arizona GOP senator said in a press release announcing the appointments. McCain’s presidential ambitions have had trouble of late. With less than $2 million on hand, the campaign lost its manager and chief strategist on Tuesday. McCain has denied the departures were part of a "shake-up." Allen’s arrest is the latest in a small burst of unpleasant mini-scandals for presidential campaigns. Two days ago, the southern regional chairman for former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s presidential campaign admitted to using a Washington, D.C.-area escort service; three weeks ago, Giuliani’s South Carolina co-chair was indicted for cocaine possession. He has pleaded not guilty. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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