Deeply Conflicted 4th Circuit Nominee

Under questioning from Democrats yesterday, Claude Allen said he did not intend to insult homosexuals when as a campaign press aide to then-Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) he referred to “queers.” He also said he was “deeply conflicted” about a Helms filibuster against creation of a federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., saying King was “a hero for me and my family.”