GOP Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey, a “happily” married Trump supporter who was caught at a motel smoking weed with a 17 year-old boy he met on CraigsList, resigned his seat this afternoon.
A week ago, police found the Senator in this compromising situation after the teen’s father tipped off the legal authorities. Officers on the scene found Senator Shortey and the teen inside, along with condoms and lotion, as well as the noticeable scent of Marijuana. Most incriminating however, were the text messages discovered between the minor and Shortey, where the Senator clearly stated that he would provide money to the teen in return for “sexual stuff.”
Senator Shortey released a statement after submitting resignation letters to Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, with the Oklahoma Senate Democratic Caucus following up with their own response.
The charges that the Senator faces are serious- engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution, and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. The fall is steep for Shortey, who as a “rising star” of the Conservative movement, had been endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and also had “Dog the Bounty Hunter” host a reelection rally for him in 2014. Little wonder that Shortey was tapped to be the State Chair for the Trump Presidential Race. With the looming vote on TrumpCare in the House, as well as all the other issues swirling around “the Donald” at the moment, this is likely one that President Trump won’t have to worry too much about.