Maybe they were just discussing the merits of import taxes and economic protectionism.
Police on Thursday filed felony prostitution charges against Republican Oklahoma state senator and former state campaign chair for Donald Trump Ralph Shortey after officers found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.
According to a redacted report from the Moore Police Department, cops went to the hotel room for a welfare check on March 9 after someone advised them of “a juvenile male…entering [a hotel room] with an adult male.” Officers also noticed an “odor of marijuana emitting from the room” when they arrived.
When police discovered the boy in Sen. Shortey’s room, Shortey said “he was just there to hang out with his friend.” After searching his backpack for drugs, police “only observed a bottle of lotion.”
The alleged underage prostitute told police he offered Shortey, 35, sexual services for money when they chatted on Instagram and Kik.
Shortey, who attended Hartland Baptist College and is in his second term in the senate, is married with two kids. As state campaign chair, Shortey was an enthusiastic supporter of Trump’s White House run. A day after his run-in with the cops, Shortey uploaded a picture with Donald Trump Jr. on Facebook.
“Was honoured to have lunch today with Donald Trump Jr. and some very influential and passionate bsiness (sic) leaders in our state,” Shortey wrote. “Loved hearing the war stories from the campaign trail and what the next phase is in restoring our republic. Looking forward to an exciting future and hope to be a big part of it.”
After his election in 2010, Shortey pushed for a state law requiring presidential candidates to present valid long-form birth certificates and a ban against using aborted fetuses in food.