House Speaker Marco Rubio has just released a statement calling Rep. Bob Allen's comments about his arrest "disturbing." In audio tapes released late last week, Allen explained his arrest for solicitation by noting the undercover police officer in the park bathroom was a "stocky black guy" and he didn't want to become a "statistic." Allen was arrested after allegedly offering $20 to the cop in exchange for allowing Allen to perform oral sex on him.
Rubio said: "The recent release of Representative Bob Allen’s post-arrest statements injects a new and very disturbing element to an already troubling incident. The Florida House of Representatives will continue to gather all pertinent information. We will reserve action on this matter until all the facts are made available to us.”
Previously Rubio had declined to get involved because he didn't have the type of first hand evidence that he had with former Rep. Ralph Arza, who left a threatening and expletive-laced voice mail message on the cellphone of a colleague who had filed a complaint against him. Rubio, after listening to the message, spoke against Arza.
The nationally televised release of Allen's racially-charged recorded statements may have helped lead to Rubio's decision to finally comment.