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McCain Down for the Count?

Two McCann Stories have hit the wire in the past few hours. ARE THEY RELATED.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — CNN has learned the already-dire situation for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign has actually gotten even worse, with two sources close to the candidate saying the campaign only has a paltry $250,000 left.

The sources tell CNN that next week the McCain campaign will reveal it has about $1.75 million in unpaid debts, wiping out the $2 million in cash-on-hand the campaign currently has in the bank.

It was not immediately clear whether the campaign debt must be repaid immediately or whether the debt can be paid back over time, including after the presidential campaign ends.

Even though McCain has raised just over $11 million overall in the last three months, his campaign has spent large sums of money, one of the primary reasons for the departure earlier this week of his top two strategists, Terry Nelson and John Weaver.

A McCain spokesman had no comment on the latest financial troubles, which will spark a new round of speculation about the candidate’s viability. Campaign officials are expected to release details about campaign’s financial situation early next week.

– CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry


TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A Republican state lawmaker charged with offering to perform oral sex for $20 on an undercover male police officer vowed Thursday to defend himself in court and said he would not resign from office.

"I am filing a not guilty plea. I am vigorously going to fight this," state Rep. Bob Allen, a co-chair of Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign in Florida, said at a news conference. "I am not resigning my office because the people elected me and want me to do a good job. I am going to do a good job for them in finishing this term."

Allen called his arrest "an ugly and unpleasant situation that has been thrust on me and my family." The lawmaker had sponsored a failed bill that would have tightened the state's prohibition on public sex.

He choked up when he thanked backers who had contacted him to offer their support. He warned people not to jump to conclusions about what happened but said he could not offer any details about the arrest because of his legal strategy. Allen is married and has a teenage daughter.

"It is not true. It is inaccurate and therefore, it's not guilty," Allen said.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer said the matter would be addressed in a timely and appropriate matter.

"While this is an extremely serious matter, the House of Representatives and the judiciary system have established a process to deal with situations of this nature," Greer said in a statement.

However, House Speaker Marco Rubio said in a statement that because the charge against Allen is a misdemeanor, not a felony, "the House rules don't provide for a specific response in the event that he is found to be guilty."

"The charge against Rep. Allen is serious," Rubio said. "We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate steps if necessary."

Allen's arrest on Wednesday came days after a key Southern supporter of McCain opponent Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, was identified as a client of a Washington, D.C., escort service.

"It just seems sad and tragic," Gov. Charlie Crist said Thursday when asked in Miami about Allen's arrest.

Veteran's Memorial Park was under surveillance when Allen was seen coming in and out of a restroom three times, said police Lt. Todd Hutchinson. Allen, 48, then approached an undercover officer and was arrested.

He has been charged with solicitation for prostitution, which has a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Brevard County jail officials said Allen posted a $500 bond.

While being transported to jail, Allen told WFTV Channel 9 that the situation was "a very big misunderstanding."

Allen was elected to the Florida House in 2000. He was chairman of the House Committee on Energy.

Allen was named in March as one of six co-chairs for McCain's Florida campaign.


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I like John McCain, but he doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hell to be elected president in 2008. For that matter, no GOP candidate has the same odds. IMHO, all of the Republicans running are wasting a lot of money but what do I know? I would have practically bet my last dollar that Bush would never see a 2nd term.

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Schadenfreude alert!

Bush/Iraq = Albatross necklace

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"Allen" does not seem to be a good name for GOP pols these days.... He could always change his last name to "Michael".

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Some of his supporters turned out to be real cocksuckers.

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Creapo Guilanni is dead in the water, too.
You Nappy headed ho's.
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[QUOTE=Musikmann I would have practically bet my last dollar that Bush would never see a 2nd term.[/QUOTE]

You to? Can I borrow $10 till next Tuesday?
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Parroting GWB on the war and immigration finished him off.

He is a nice man personally I am sure, with a war hero's record, but stands diametrically opposite to what most typical Americans want.

In a way it is too bad, an end without dignity

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Parroting GWB on the war and immigration finished him off.

He is a nice man personally I am sure, with a war hero's record, but stands diametrically opposite to what most typical Americans want.

In a way it is too bad, an end without dignity
Identifying yourself as one who "kicks cats" clearly lables you as a sociopath.
That's funny!
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Allen's defense

At the local bar after a few drinks:

Allen: "Is true!"
UC Cop: "Is not!"
Allen: " I'll be damned if it isn't!"
UC Cop: "What you said is total bullshit!"
Allen: "If it's bullshit, I'll spray FTL's vanilla cum creme all over your cock and give you a $20 blow job, right here and now!"
UC Cop: "You're under arrest!"
Allen: "For what . . .?"
UC Cop: "Soliciting sex. You have the right to remain silent . . ."

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