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Rep. Allred to switch parties, not resign

Posted May 21, 2009

— A state lawmaker accused of being drunk on the House floor and hugging a female page dismissed a call from Republican officials to step down by pledging to switch parties.

In a report released Wednesday, several Republicans called Rep. Cary Allred's behavior inappropriate. Several said they saw him hug and kiss a 17-year-old female page on the House floor, and some said they smelled alcohol on his breath.

Allred, R-Alamance, has denied any wrongdoing, noting the teen is a family friend whom he kissed on the cheek. He also said he had one drink that night but wasn't drunk.

A Highway Patrol trooper stopped him in Orange County on his way to Raleigh that night after clocking his car at 102 mph on the highway. The trooper let him off with a warning after Allred flashed his legislative identification.

The Highway Patrol ticketed Allred four days later and began an internal investigation into why the trooper didn't cite him initially.

Linda Daves, chairwoman of the state Republican Party, said Thursday that Allred should resign.

"Conducting oneself in an honorable and ethical manner while acting as a public servant should be a mandate for both political parties," Daves said in a statement. "The North Carolina Republican Party is committed to recruiting candidates for public office who are men and women of unwavering integrity and honesty. All others need not apply."

Allred said he didn't know of Daves' statement until WRAL News asked him about it. He said he has no intention of giving up his House seat.

He said he would switch to the Democratic Party next week, saying that his constituents don't care about his political affiliation as long as he represents their interests.

"I have demonstrated 30 years of integrity as a public official," he said. "(Daves) doesn’t know me. She doesn’t know what I’ve done for the Republican cause. I’ve never met her, and she will not get my resignation.”

A spokesman for House Speaker Joe Hackney said Allred "is welcome to do whatever he wants when it comes to party affiliation," adding that Allred hadn't formally notified House Democrats of a pending party switch.

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  • batcave May 22, 2009

    Join the rest of the N C Dems being hauled off to jail. If you are gonna wear a hat like that people are gonna know you are a drunk, I am sorry but that hat says beer for breakfast.

  • Eduardo1 May 22, 2009

    How many Dems were critical of his behavior, prior to announcing the JUMP. Is rhis the party of :McGreevy, Spitzer, Richardson, Patterson Prez Clinton,Kennedy, Edwards, tax cheats Geithner, Dachele, Rangel. liar Pelosi. WELCOME, WELCOME, WELCOME. You fit right in: fondling, alcohol, speeding etc, etc.

  • Professor May 22, 2009

    Democrat is the better side. Thanks for coming over. :)

  • horsyset May 22, 2009

    Totally agree with ridgerunner. If any mere mortal like me was pulled over for going 102, I'd be UNDER the jail. The arrogance of this slob fool is beyond belief. When he snapped back at a colleague who was telling him to cool it and said "I am 62 years old, and I'm worth $2 million. People ought to show me respect," that was the end of my respect for him. If he hangs on until the next election, that should be the last we see of him.

  • itsmyownopinion May 22, 2009

    "I agree. It may have been an innocent gesture on his part, but in this day and age only an idiot would behave in such a manner and be surprised that people have a problem with it."

    Thanks, Pet. I'm glad someone got the point of my remark. As you said, it may have been an innocent gesture on his part, but these are not the good old days.

    To Will, class is not about how much one has, where they live, or what they do for a living. You, sir, are the epitome of the kind of guy I had in mind when I gave my opinion.

  • IzzMad2016 May 22, 2009

    "Family friend, or not, it's inappropriate for any old goat in a position of 'power' to put his hands on a young page of any gender"

    I agree. It may have been an innocent gesture on his part, but in this day and age only an idiot would behave in such a manner and be surprised that people have a problem with it.

  • will_w202 May 22, 2009

    "Family friend, or not, it's inappropriate for any old goat in a position of 'power' to put his hands on a young page of any gender"

    Wow, that's a pretty class-ist statement. So, people in power can't be friends with people not in power? You want your legislators to act like untouchable elites too good for the "regular folk?" That's just lame. Then again, just like your screenname, itsmyownopinion, you know what they say about opinions - yep, every has one

  • GWALLY May 22, 2009

    "The North Carolina Republican Party is committed to recruiting candidates for public office who are men and women of unwavering integrity and honesty. All others need not apply."

    GOO LUCK WITH THAT..???? LOL..!!! (don't expect much growth in this party)

  • itsmyownopinion May 22, 2009

    Family friend, or not, it's inappropriate for any old goat in a position of 'power' to put his hands on a young page of any gender. Open your eyes, people, you would be surprised how many family friends like to cop a feel of your children.
    As to his driving, treat him like any other citizen under similar circumstances, and discipline the trooper who gave him a pass.
    As to switching parties, glad he's going independent.

  • ambidextrous cat May 22, 2009

    "The North Carolina Republican Party is committed to recruiting candidates for public office who are men and women of unwavering integrity and honesty. All others need not apply."

    Politicians are honest? HAHAHAHA!We don't want you, so don't become independent-please! There are very few people with integrity and honesty in this world.

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