McCain Campaign Official Busted on Solicting Charge

Can things get any worse for John McCain's campaign?

Justin Rood at ABC News reports:

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.

The allegation is he offered an undercover cop $20 for a quickie.

This shouldn't be illegal at all, but that doesn't make it any less a hit for the McCain campaign.

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    Soliciting What Exactly? (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by bselznick on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:08:31 PM EST
    I'm curious, because MilitaryTracy thinks this guy was seeking "a little stress relief", for $20 bucks was he interested in ... how shall i say this tastefully... was he interested in Pitching or Catching for his $20 dollars worth?  I'm just wondering if GOPers generally seek stress relief in their gay encounters or if they're after thirst quenching.

    Serious international (none / 0) (#5)
    by Edger on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:14:50 PM EST
    re: Soliciting What Exactly? (none / 0) (#22)
    by bselznick on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 05:07:08 PM EST
    Mystery Solved!

    Thanks to http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/ we know that the arrest reports states that: "Allen engaged me in a conversation in which it was agreed that he would pay me $20.00 in order to perform a 'blow job' on me."

    So GOPers do seek out gay oral sex in order to quench their thirst and not, as many here have thought, to seek "a little stress relief".

    Well now we know why Rudy had this guy on his staff (get the pun?).


    Maybe he just needed the money (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by Molly Bloom on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 06:05:54 PM EST
    and didn't want to panhandle...


    I don't care if it's gay, straight, or (none / 0) (#27)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:50:42 AM EST
    crooked.......it must have been ages since this guy has received a blowjob.  He should ask my husband what the going rate in this house is!  Twenty bucks??!!  He can borrow my OLD vacuum if he cleans it afterwards for twenty bucks.

    Tracy (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:52:24 AM EST
    Read it again. He was giving, not getting.

    Double ouch.


    I read Scribe's comment and realized (none / 0) (#31)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:57:19 AM EST
    that I had backwards.  Now I wonder what the $20 was for ;)  Pretty sweet deal.  A little fun and a tip.

    Well, in my household (none / 0) (#32)
    by Peaches on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 12:16:20 PM EST
    All I got to do is turn on the vacuum and start cleaning up a little and that's usually good for something.

    But, Sometimes, I wish all I had to do was pay 20 bucks. ;)


    I'm talking 'bout getting, btw (none / 0) (#33)
    by Peaches on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 12:17:33 PM EST
    WOw (none / 0) (#34)
    by squeaky on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 12:21:58 PM EST
    How do you "turn on" the vacuum? Sounds like you have some killer attachments.

    My wife has the killer attachment (none / 0) (#35)
    by Peaches on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 12:24:59 PM EST
    Just so happens, that she thinks its sexy whenever I turn on the vacuum and start vacuuming. I don't understand it.

    20 bucks? (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by TomStewart on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:12:18 PM EST
    He was looking for low-cost stress relief. 20 bucks? Cops are undercutting our local prostitutes? For shame, how's a guy supposed to make a living?

    Free market (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Peaches on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:17:14 PM EST
    Its a typical free market exploitation of cheap labor by a GOP operative - shameful. He should have offered at least $150.00, unless that was one dirty cop.

    Yep (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by TomStewart on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:51:00 PM EST
    I've heard of outsourcing, but really now...

    I count 6 GOP hooker related scandals (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Molly Bloom on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:16:08 PM EST
    Since Bush took office.  Whats up with that?

    The rest are more discreet? (5.00 / 4) (#8)
    by Deconstructionist on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:18:26 PM EST

    I like how... (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by TomStewart on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:53:00 PM EST
    Vitter used his home phone to arrange his 'date'. How did someone this dumb get elected?

    Republican (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Edger on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 01:19:03 PM EST
    Way smarter than the people who voted for him.

    Still very dumb, though. (none / 0) (#14)
    by Edger on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 01:20:12 PM EST

    How did he manage to get married? (none / 0) (#28)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:53:48 AM EST
    How has he managed to stay married?  Whatever VITAMINS Wendy Vitter is taking I think she should share!

    Half of you commenters don't seem to be getting (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by scribe on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:57:31 AM EST
    the point here.

    The politician was offering to pay the cop $20 for the privilege of performing oral on the cop.  

    In Sopranos terms:

    Politician = Vito
    Cop = construction worker
    Vito offers to pay construction worker $20 for privilege of performing act (which Finn saw Vito performing and told Meadow about).

    This has nothing to do with the GOP trying out market-based solutions to getting a cheap price - this is rather more one of their entrepreneurial thingys.

    OK?  Everybody get it now?

    Duh, I get it now (none / 0) (#29)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:56:25 AM EST
    How come he doesn't like girls?  I'm tired of all this GOP discrimination, damned tired of it!  I have a loose twenty around here somewhere.

    Oh Boy ;) (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 11:57:24 AM EST
    I know it has to be a stressful job only compounded by having to woo the moral base of America.  They are a tough crowd to play to.  Where's a guy supposed to go in that climate for a little stress relief?

    He probably would have been (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Edger on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:04:50 PM EST
    better off relaxing at home. Privately, of course.

    I think it was (none / 0) (#9)
    by HeadScratcher on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:19:51 PM EST
    Larry Flynt of all people who said that Republicans are more involved with sex scandals and Democrats involved with money scandals even though you would naturally think it to be the opposite.

    Personally, prostitution should be legalized and the johns should also contribute a tax to cover the worker's health insurance...

    Ouch. (none / 0) (#10)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 12:29:15 PM EST

    Legalize what now? (none / 0) (#15)
    by joejoejoe on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 01:31:18 PM EST
    "This shouldn't be illegal at all"

    If prostitution were legalized it would still be regulated. Prohibitions against negotiating (and conducting) the business of commercial sex in public washrooms would likely still be illegal.

    True... (none / 0) (#16)
    by Deconstructionist on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 01:50:54 PM EST
     ... but I think the point is there would be no need and very little desire (I hope) to conduct the business there if it were legal.

    McCain's... (none / 0) (#17)
    by desertswine on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 02:43:41 PM EST
    campaign is falling apart.

    It's simply disintegrating.

    Yes (none / 0) (#18)
    by squeaky on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 03:14:04 PM EST
    Must be all those 'gay sweaters' his aides are forcing him to wear.

    Sounds like it's :McCain: who is disintegrating. (none / 0) (#19)
    by Edger on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 03:20:33 PM EST
    Failor and Slifka apparently are very good at what they do. They just need a better product to promote.

    It's been almost... (none / 0) (#20)
    by desertswine on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 04:18:43 PM EST
    stunning to watch his campaign fall to pieces bit by bit, like pieces falling off of an airplane.

    Not that he doesn't deserve it.


    Weird.... (none / 0) (#21)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 05:03:56 PM EST
    Drug prohibition keeps the price of drugs sky high, prostitution prohibition doesn't seem to have the same effect on the price of a sex act.  Why is that?  If prostitution were legalized, does the low-end market drop to 5 bucks a pop?

    I was gonna say something (none / 0) (#24)
    by scribe on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 05:46:44 AM EST
    about the commonalities between politicians and prostitutes, but then I realized I really didn't want to be that mean.

    To the prostitutes.

    As to kdog's query on the effect on prices from legalizing this sort of activity - I suppose there would be all sorts of price points, just like in any other market.  But, I can't think of any reason why one would want to go cheap....  Scary.  A little more seriously, though.  One would think this sort of exercise of free market economics would be just the kind of study of the effects of deregulation Republicans would love to trumpet.

    heh, heh (none / 0) (#36)
    by Sailor on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 07:20:43 PM EST
    scribe said 'trumpet' heh, heh [/beavis]

    And the DC Madam charged how much? (none / 0) (#25)
    by SeeEmDee on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:16:18 AM EST
    Something in excess of $250.00, I believe.

    This only proves the Republican involved actually tried to take his party's 'market-based solutions' cum (no pun intended) 'competition' ideology a little too seriously, starting that low in the bargaining. That cop must have been laughing inside...