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Allred says he will stay a Republican

Posted May 22, 2009

— A Republican state House representative who has said he would switch parties amid calls by fellow Republicans to resign said Friday he's not switching.

Accused of drinking before speeding to work and embracing a teenage female page, Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance, said Thursday he would, instead, quit the Republican Party and change his party affiliation.

Allred, a 30-year lawmaker, has denied the allegations, calling the 17-year-old a family friend whom he kissed on the cheek. He also said he had one drink that night but wasn't drunk.

Allred said Friday that he changed his mind after receiving numerous calls from colleagues and voters asking him to retain his Republican affiliation.

He said he has no allegiance to Linda Daves, chairwoman of the state Republican Party, who was critical of him on Thursday and doesn't give her request "much credence."

Allred also said he is still "very disgusted" with those who are criticizing him for "hugging his neighbor," whom he considers a granddaughter.

The page's father told WRAL News Friday afternoon that Allred has known him since she was 7 years old and that their families have vacationed together. He said his daughter wondered why anyone would have a problem with the hug and kiss and that it was "no big deal."

On the same night, a Highway Patrol trooper stopped Allred in Orange County on his way to Raleigh 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.

Allred's term is up in 2010. He said Friday he is not sure if he will seek re-election.

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  • clickclackity2 May 22, 2009

    This man is crazy...make up your mind already.

  • OakRapp May 22, 2009

    I'll bet that within a couple weeks it'll be revealed that this is a massive practical joke being played on NC as part of a Candid Camera knockoff show. Not even our elected reprehensibles could actually be this out of touch with reality.

  • What if_I could May 22, 2009

    I don't who this man is but we have spent to much time in the news. Now the GOP want to call for his job. Does she not have anything better to do? This will cost money to get him out. Should the citizens this can be work out and and not waste taxpayer money. Oh, I forgot, the folks in the legislature building don't care. They have an open checkbook.

  • nccopper May 22, 2009

    WAY TO GO CARY, DONT LET ALAMANCE COUNTY FOLKS LIKE ME DOWN. WE WANT YOU IN RALEIGH AND WE HOPE YOU MAKE THE DEMOCRATS MISERABLE DOING IT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !

  • teacher-mom May 22, 2009

    Sounds like he needs to spend some time in rehab.

  • SailbadTheSinner May 22, 2009

    I’m becoming concerned about this man actually representing citizens.

    He needs to be tested for senility and/or senile dementia....

    STS

  • IzzMad2016 May 22, 2009

    Oh Ratz. He's staying.

  • haggis basher May 22, 2009

    Time to call it a day.....between the speeding and the "inappropriate behaviour" its time to get the slippers on and retire........