Bad Excuse

Ken AshfordCrime, Republicans, Sex ScandalsLeave a Comment

BoballenA month or so ago, I wrote about the Florida state congressman Bob Allen (a proud member of the GOP, of course) who was busted for soliciting sex. 

Specifically, he offered $20 to an undercover police for a blowjob.  Not to get a blowjob; Allen paid $20 to give one to the undercover officer.

Well, a little more has been revealed, and ol’ state Rep. Allen can explain everything.

[I]t turns out that Allen revealed the true reason for the alleged park-john-offer in a tape recorded statement he made just after his arrest.

“This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park,” said Allen, according to this article in the Orlando Sentinel. Allen went on to say he was afraid of becoming a “statistic.”

OK, let me get this straight. Allen was in a public park, late at night. He’s afraid of black people. As a result of this irrational fear, he wanders into a bathroom, where he offers another man $20 to perform oral sex.

Listen, when I lived in New York City, I would, on occasion, be forced to walk through some pretty scary neighborhoods.  Back then, and even to some extent now, they are all somewhat scary after dark. 

But whenever I was in such a situation, and a group of hoods were down the block approaching me, I assure you that my first inclination was not to offer them blowjobs.

I found that crossing the street, or moving to a well-lit section, generally assured my safety.

But that’s just me.