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Rep. Allred plans to quit Monday

Posted May 28, 2009
Updated May 29, 2009

— A state House member accused by colleagues of embracing a teenage female page inappropriately said Friday he would leave the General Assembly next week.

Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance, said he will step down from the House seat he's held since 1995 on Monday afternoon. On Thursday, he said he would resign by Sept. 1, after this year's legislative session was over.

"I'm sick of the legislature," he told WRAL News. "I'm sick of false accusations and being convicted in the press."

The Legislative Ethics Committee last week received a report from the House sergeant-at-arms that collected accounts about Allred's actions in the House chamber April 27. The report, asked for by House Speaker Joe Hackney, made no recommendations on Allred's fate.

It's unclear what, if anything, the committee has done with the report because much of the panel's preliminary work is confidential.

In the report, several House members wrote they were uneasy when they say they saw Allred at the back of the House floor as he gave a page a lengthy hug and kissed her.

Allred said the 17-year-old page was a longtime friend of his family and that he kissed her on the cheek. The page and her parents said in the report they didn't want to file a complaint and were OK with what happened.

"I've done nothing illegal or unethical in my mind," he said.

Two other Republicans wrote Allred appeared to have been drinking or smelled of alcohol and was particularly agitated during a back-and-forth with Hackney during earlier floor debate that evening.

Allred acknowledged he had one drink before driving to Raleigh and was stopped for speeding before that evening's House floor meeting.

Allred said last week he was going to leave the state Republican Party because he felt betrayed by fellow Republicans who participated in the report. He changed his mind the next day.

If Allred resigns, Alamance County Republicans would choose a replacement to serve out the remainder of his term. Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue is required to appoint their choice.

Allred said his immediate plans after stepping down include taking a vacation, noting he hasn’t had a vacation in 20 years.


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  • blackdog May 29, 2009

    ...these are the right wingers ....

  • kebsmom May 29, 2009

    Typical smart aleck comments from all you left wingers. Surely none of those lefties ever drink or do anything inappropriate. They are all like the new driven snow--so clean. HA!

  • tarrivertrader May 29, 2009

    I'm a republican and I'm glad to see him go. He souldn't have even been there that night, running over 100 mph, he sould have been locked uo!

  • rand321 May 29, 2009

    Well he is worth $2 million dollars!!! he should do ok, except if he gets pulled over for going over 100 mph on I85. His exucse to get to Raleigh to vote might not hold as much water.

  • US VET May 29, 2009

    It's a terrible thing to get caught!!

  • Quagmire May 29, 2009

    The kiss entailed a bear hug.

  • blackdog May 29, 2009

    This is sad. There are so many commenters here and elsewhere who are screaming about things without having the facts. Many don't WANT to know truth. They merely want to vocalize their own ignorant frustrations. Cary, is certainly a character. He uses common sense with a conservative lean in the area of finances. I KNOW the man. He lived next door. I've seen him hug members of my family. Did I ever even slightly consider anything innapropriate ? NO ! I have seen him turn down a drink or cocktail many times. I've NEVER seen him drunk. Outspoken, and individual, he epitomizes the very definition of a southern conservative with intelligent insights. I haven't always agreed with him, but, I respect his convictions. I'm getting really tired of reading all of the ignorant rants here. Sometimes I respond, and other times I just shake my head. Now, I'm responding while shaking my head...

  • geosol May 29, 2009

    What a shame. It was just starting to get good!!! Now where are they going to find another drunken lecherous right wing politician to fill that void??

  • KT6596 May 29, 2009

    See ya later pops!

  • SME2 May 29, 2009

    Ridiculous. Everyone makes something out of nothing these days.

    Just like the Easley witch hunt!