Last month Florida State Rep. Bob Allen allegedly offered an undercover cop $20 for the right to give him what we'll call "oral pleasure." Dan Savage had a good chuckle at Allen's expense—an anti-gay Republican caught on the down low! What are the odds?—but Allen has a cover story.
"This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park," Allen, who is white, told police in a taped statement after his arrest. Allen said he feared he "was about to be a statistic" and would have said anything just to get away.
What a fascinating glimpse into the mind of one of American's leading legislators. I wonder if he thought the rest of the scary black men in the park were in on the plot. I wonder, too, why he figured "I think black men are terrifying and ork-like" would be a solid alibi.