Mike Horner, Florida Republican Rep, Resigns After Prostitution Scandal

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Nothing like a good ol' political sex scandal to start the week off right.

State Rep. Mike Horner, a Republican from Kissimmee, now finds himself connected to an ongoing prostitution and racketeering case. While investigating charges that a man was running a brothel out of his house, Horner's name popped up on a list of alleged clients.

Update: Horner has now resigned.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, an Orange County man, Mark Risner, was arrested in August after authorities charged him with running a brothel out of his home. A source tells the paper that the name "Mike Horner" popped up on a client list.

The Miami Herald, however, reports that the state attorney's office has "no way" of knowing for sure whether the Horner on the list is the same Horner who serves in the house. Horner, according to Wikipedia, shares his name with the male porn star who played a Bill O'Reilly-like character in one of those Sarah Palin-themed skin flick spoofs.

But things aren't looking good for Horner. Though he hasn't been arrested or officially fingered, his campaign website is down "for maintenance." Links spread across the web to his Facebook page now lead nowhere. He's made no public statements as of yet.

Update: Horner has now resigned. Here's his statement:
I deeply regret decisions I made that are causing my family unjustifiable pain and embarrassment. While current press accounts from this morning are erroneous, my family still deserves better from me, as do all my friends, supporters and constituents.

So today, I am announcing I will no longer seek reelection to the Florida House.

I've had no greater honor than serving the people of Florida, but I have no greater priority than doing the right thing for my family. I pray to have the chance to earn back their trust and respect during the remainder of my life.
Horner was first elected in 2008 as a Republican. According to one Florida political blog, Horner, however, did make his first effort at getting elected to public office two decades ago as a "true liberal" Democrat.

However, since then he's remade himself as a pro-gun Republican. In 2010 he sponsored a bill that would prohibit adoption agencies from asking about gun ownership.

Horner was facing Democrat Eileen Game in his reelection bid. Republicans will have five days to find a replacement candidate, but under Florida law, Horner's now-tainted name will remain on the ballot. Any votes he receives will instead count towards the new Republican candidate, assuming one is found.

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21 comments
The_Yeti_Knows
The_Yeti_Knows

Ain't no career too good not to be touched by that great hot tamaki panty walk.... I'm telling you kids, it's the evil that women do.... It's in the bible.. started with the damn apple.... If Eve would have made a broom out of palm leaves and started to tidy up instead of tempting Adam, the world would be a better place... Thanks a lot tempting sweet juicy poon, thanks a lot.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Rep. Horner: bible thumper by day, hooker h_umper by night.

He should have stuck with the escorts provided by Tallahassee lobbyists who understand the value of staying discreet.

Bebep
Bebep

"Though he hasn't been arrested or officially fingered."

 

Nice!

eugeniaoneal
eugeniaoneal

@daytonward hahahahaha! another tip - wait until you're no longer in office!

Eddie James
Eddie James

ScottI guess you didn't see the R after his name

Jorge Shicken
Jorge Shicken

morris solow is the epitome of the what is wrong with the electoral system

Morris Solow
Morris Solow

That`s What Happens When Bill Clinton Is Your Political Role Model. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

AlphaPerra
AlphaPerra

@SJRivera I see your Horner and raise you an Anthony Weiner.

boggswaynegacy
boggswaynegacy

GOOD RIDDANCE! Mike Horner has been a shill for the Chamber of Commerce all along, and I'm glad to see him go. The man deleted me off his Facebook pages when I argued with him over the effect of the FCAT on Florida schools, which he seemed to think was just peachy. I am elated that this man has made a fool of himself in the public eye. This district will still be voting Republican, I'm sure, but this is just fantastic news for enemies of the Chamber.

POCHO_CHOLO
POCHO_CHOLO

@SJRivera @MiamiNewTimes loooooool #PoohButt

SJRivera
SJRivera

@AlphaPerra Lol - they'd make a good couple.

AlphaPerra
AlphaPerra

@SJRivera Bush Sr and jr want to know if they can get in on it, too.

AlphaPerra
AlphaPerra

@SJRivera Boehner wants to know if he can get in on it as well.

SJRivera
SJRivera

@AlphaPerra Oh yeahhhhh....orange orgy!

SJRivera
SJRivera

@AlphaPerra You know it! But only if he's all ORANGED up!

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