Skip to comments.House candidate admits former work as prostitute (Democrat in Texas)
Posted on 02/17/2006 7:14:44 PM PST by wagglebee
DALLAS A Dallas Democrat seeking election to the Texas House of Representatives has acknowledged that he once worked as a prostitute.
Tom Malin, a salesman and actor, said he no longer works as a prostitute but conceded that his previous life could cost him the nomination in the March 7 Democratic primary.
"I've made mistakes in my life, and I've stood before my creator and I've accepted responsibility for my behavior," Malin told The Dallas Morning News for its editions today.
"I've also accepted his grace and his redemption and his love and his forgiveness," and that's what is important, he said.
Archived versions of Web sites that are now defunct advertise the services of a male escort identified as Todd Sharpe. The phone number listed with Sharpe belongs to Malin, The Morning News reported.
Malin, who once was a member of the Dallas Citizens Police Review Board, has also worked as a Mary Kay salesman and performed in Dallas-area theater productions. His candidate Web page describes him as a managing director for the marketing arm of a Dallas electricity provider.
Malin faces retired salesman Jack Borden in the Democratic primary. The winner will face incumbent Republican Dan Branch in November in a race to represent a district covering much of central Dallas.
On his candidate Web page, Malin said he is "committed to giving our families a voice in Austin, with a focus on education, the economy, and restoring a 'spirit of ethics' to our State House."
He said Thursday that he would stay in the race.
"I don't regret my past, nor do I wish to shut the door on my past," he said. "I think anyone who has made mistakes in their lives can be a viable member of community and society."
Former Dallas County Democratic chairwoman Susan Hays, a Malin supporter, said the candidate had informed her about his past.
"He's been a mess, but righted himself," she said. "He's got more honesty and energy than his Democratic opponent and Dan Branch."
The Dallas Tejano Democrats endorsed Malin on Thursday, before the group learned of Malin's prostitution. Chairman Domingo Garcia said Malin did not mention his past during candidate screening.
"Obviously we will have to reconsider our decision based on the new information," Garcia said.
Malin said he's been sober for 13 years after being addicted to alcohol. He said he grew up in an abusive household and that he was abused physically, emotionally and sexually as a child.
Malin said people care about where you're going, not where you've been.
"I know that there are people that can benefit from my experience," he said. "This is not about winning an election; this is about empowerment. There is a higher calling and a higher message involved in this."
What's the difference between being a lady of the night and a Democrat?
Woops! I goofed -- a boy of the man? or was it a toy boy?? oh lord.
LOL no it didn't. Sadly, in MA, this guy would be praised by the rat party.
But..........this guy has high hopes if he expects to be elected in Texas!
Democrats have lower standards!
He's a man ho'.
What is the difference between ANY politician and a prostitute? There are damned few of them who haven't or won't sell out.
It figures that this would be Dallas.....
How 'bout them Cowboys?
Not sure if you want this for the H.A. list or not.
I see the Dems have found their new "rising star" for the 08 convention.
Where you have been has a lot to do with where you are going.
The difference between an awful lot of politicians and prostitutes are that the prostitutes tend to be far more honest. Other than that, there are a lot of similarities.
You know, lots of people make mistakes in their lives before they really get on a right track. BUT, there are sometimes lifelong consequences for that behavior - this would probably be one of those times. (And why does it annoy me more he was a Mary Kay salesguy then a gigilo?)
"What's the difference between being a lady of the night and a Democrat?"
Well for One most have more class!
The Dallas Morning News article that broke the story.
Sorry, the search missed it.
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