Mike Allen, a member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, resigned from the Progressive Conservative Caucus (could you imagine a more self-contradictory name for a political group?) after he became the latest public figure ensnared in the St. Paul PD's now-familiar prostitution sting.
Allen, 51, was one of 13 busted Monday evening in the same style of sting operation that previously resulted in the arrests of Hill-Murray football coach (and Joe Mauer's cousin) Mark Mauer and Rob Fulton, the former director of the St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Department.
[jump] The way it works is simple. St. Paul police place a fake sex-solicitation ad on Backpage.com, wait for dudes to respond, and then meet them at a hotel. When the johns arrive, they're arrested.
It's straightforward, but effective -- and potentially devastating to the careers of those caught up in it.
Davis, first elected to the Alberta legislature last year, resigned from his party's caucus immediately (he'll continue serving for now as an independent), and released a statement apologizing for "failing to live up to the standards expected of me and the standards I expect of myself."
"I made this mistake as a result of a profound lapse in my personal judgment. It is a mistake for which there are no excuses and for which I accept full responsibility," Allen's statement continues. "This is deeply embarrassing moment and all I can say is that I am sorry and I humbly ask for forgiveness. I will work long and hard to regain the trust of the many I have let down."
Allen was booked into jail on suspicion of engaging in prostitution, a gross misdemeanor, but when he arrived back in Edmonton late yesterday he hadn't been charged with anything. St. Paul police said yesterday that attorneys are still reviewing the incident.
Leaders of opposing political parties are already calling for Allen, who was in St. Paul on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Council of State Governments' Midwestern Legislative Conference, to resign from the legislature.