House Speaker Marco Rubio just decided not to reappoint Rep. Bob Allen from his post as chairman of the House Energy Committee, owing to both the circumstances of Allen's arrest for allegedly soliciting oral sex from a cop in a park and for Allen's explanation that, because there were so many "black guys" around, he was willing to do almost anything to get away and avoid becoming "a statistic."
Allen in today's Florida Today professes his innocence and said he had no racial animus when he described what happened.
Said Rubio: “The House will continue to respect Rep. Allen’s right to defend himself against the charges which arose when he was arrested on July 11. However, we must acknowledge that in addition to being a private citizen, he is a public official. As such, we are judged by a higher standard than procedural innocence. The mere perception of impropriety can interfere with our official function. It is my personal belief that because of the allegations against him, Rep. Allen can no longer effectively serve the people of his district in the Florida House.”
Also, Rep. Andy Gardiner, an Orlando Republican who voted against Rubio's tax plan, was ousted as chair of the Government Efficiency & Accountability Council. Gardiner plans to run for state Senate, and could face former Rep. Randy Johnson, who Rubio backed for state CFO in the last election.
The new chairs are here: Download Chairs.doc