And what's more, he is refusing calls from the House Speaker, public and private, who is insisting that he resigned from his position.
Earlier this month, Indiana Rep. Phil Hinkle was caught offering a teenage boy $80 for sex after responding to a Craigslist ad online. Since then, Rep. Hinkle has been repeatedly asked to step down from his position. He is already being removed from several of his committees and chair positions and as he has offered no explanation or apology for his actions,his constituents want him gone.
However, it seems Finkle refuses to leave his post, insisting that he, not this young boy, was a victim of a crime, though of what crime we're not too sure. He is refusing to speak to House Speaker Brian Bosma, but he did offer his first public statement on the scandal, saying:
"I was on the road to self-destruction, and I don't know why….I say that emphatically. I'm not gay…I went to the edge, but I didn't fall over the edge."
That … is all crap and you know it!
This is not something that is just going to blow over, sir. You've REALLY stepped in it and you have very little options left open to you. We suggest accepting that not only is your political career over, but that you are in fact a man who has never really delved into his real feelings. Resign from office and go get to know yourself. Maybe you'll learn a little something about tolerance and self-acceptance along the way.
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