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Larry Craig and Bob "BJ" Allen updates

Nothing like combining these two news items about the potty trawling pols…

Sandwich named for Bob “BJ” Allen taken off menu.

Rep. Bob Allen, R-Merritt Island, returned to the Capitol this week for the first time since Titusville police arrested him on a sex solicitation charge. Allen is fighting the charge, but House Speaker Marco Rubio stripped him of his committee assignments.

Adding insult to injury, the Q was told that Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar next door the statehouse removed the gorgonzola burger from its menu that was named after him. The joint names several sandwiches after politicians, including Pruitt’s Presidential BBQ Pork Loin Sandwich and the Bob Gra-Ham Burger.

“I think they should add tomatoes to it and put it back on,” Allen joked.

Allen, in a hearing on Thursday, came up with a new explanation for the allegation made in the police report and testimony by two officers that he tried to use his legislative position to skirt being charged with soliciting sex from an undercover. They said that when arrested, Allen asked “whether it would help if he were a state legislator.”

Responding to the allegations for the first time, Allen offered a very different version of what happened.

Allen said he and an officer were discussing whether his car would be left at the park, towed or driven to the police department when he mentioned being a legislator.

“I said, ‘I don’t know if it makes a difference, but when you get to the car you’ll see I’m a state legislator,’ ” Allen said he told the officers, referring to a special tag in the vehicle.

On the other end of the spectrum, folks at the Idaho Hall of Fame Association are in a real pickle because of the honor it will bestow upon the toe-tapping senator.

Sen. Larry Craig has been chosen for induction into the Idaho Hall of Fame, despite his well-publicized arrest and guilty plea in an airport sex sting, officials said.

The nonprofit Idaho Hall of Fame Association picked Craig in March, months before he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after a Minneapolis airport police officer accused him of soliciting sex in the men's restroom, the organization's board chairman said.

“Larry Craig has made a great contribution to Idaho over the period of 20-some years. At the time it was considered, this other matter had not come up,” Harry Magnuson told The Spokesman-Review newspaper Saturday.

But some Republicans said the honor is inappropriate now. Kootenai County Republican precinct committeeman Phil Thompson said Idaho Hall of Fame officials should consider at least postponing the induction.

Won't that be an interesting ceremony to attend. Perhaps he should be handed a roll of TP for the honor.

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