The headline pretty much says it all: Candidate worked as prostitute.
[Tom Malin, a Dallas Democrat who is seeking election to the Texas House] acknowledged Thursday that he once worked as a prostitute.
"I've made mistakes in my life, and I've stood before my Creator and I've accepted responsibility for my behavior," Mr. Malin said. "I've also accepted his grace and his redemption and his love and his forgiveness, and that's what's important."
Web pages that have been used to advertise the sexual services of "Todd Sharpe" say he previously worked in the New York City and Los Angeles areas. His rates ranged from $200 to $600, according to graphically detailed reviews from men whom the pages described as satisfied customers.
Mr. Malin said he no longer works as a prostitute.
"I knew that if I continued on with that, I would die," Mr. Malin said. "God spoke to me, and I knew I had to make a different choice in life."
Mr. Malin is running for House District 108, which covers much of central Dallas and the Park Cities.
On Thursday, he received a key endorsement from the Dallas Tejano Democrats, a Hispanic political group.
"We were not aware of this, and he never mentioned it to us during the screening," said Domingo Garcia, chairman of the local Tejano Democrats. "Obviously we will have to reconsider our decision based on the new information."
The Dallas Morning News editorial board also recommended Mr. Malin, but in light of this new information, said it was reconsidering that recommendation.
His opponent in next month's Democratic primary is retired salesman Jack Borden, who said he was disappointed to learn of the revelation.
"I'm wondering who put him up to run in the first place," Mr. Borden said. "I don't approve of anybody selling their body."
Mr. Malin said the decision to run was his own.
The winner will face incumbent Republican Dan Branch in November. Mr. Branch had no comment on Mr. Malin's past, saying he looked forward to standing before voters in the general election.
Former Dallas County Democratic chairwoman Susan Hays, a Malin supporter, said the candidate told her about his past in the buffet line of a local restaurant.
"He kind of amazed me," she said. "He's been a mess, but righted himself. He's got more honesty and energy than his Democratic opponent and Dan Branch."
Mr. Malin said he would continue to campaign for the state House.
"People don't care where you have been," he said. "They just want to know where you are going. All I know is that the ultimate authority is God. That's what's most important."
Keven Ann Willey of the DMN editorial board explains in their blog why the paper will in fact rescind its endorsement of Malin. Whether or not you agree with her conclusion, I at least see nothing objectionable about the board's reasoning. Check it out.Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 17, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack