State Rep. Mike Horner drops out after name linked to prostitution arrest

44-year-old not being investigated, officials say

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A state lawmaker from Central Florida is dropping out of his re-election race after his name was linked to a prostitution arrest.

State Rep. Mike Horner will not seek re-election, according to Will Weatherford, the speaker-designate of the Florida House of Representatives.

"(Monday), I received word of Rep. Horner's decision to drop out of his race for re-election. I believe he made the right decision. It is in the best interest of our state and his family," Weatherford said.  "As elected officials, we are held to a high standard and no member of the Florida House is above that standard.  I accept Mike's decision and offer my prayers during this difficult time for him and his family."

Bernie Presha, a spokesman for the State Attorney's Office in Orlando, says the name "Mike Horner" was found on a list of names in the garbage of a defendant arrested 10 days ago for running a prostitution ring.

Presha says Horner is not being investigated for any crime.

No one answered the phone at Horner's offices in Kissimmee and Tallahassee, however his office sent out the following statement Monday evening:

"I deeply regret decisions I made that are causing my family unjustifiable pain and embarrassment. While current press accounts from this morning are erroneous, my family still deserves better from me, as do all my friends, supporters and constituents.

So today, I am announcing I will no longer seek reelection to the Florida House.

I've had no greater honor than serving the people of Florida, but I have no greater priority than doing the right thing for my family. I pray to have the chance to earn back their trust and respect during the remainder of my life."

The 44-year-old Horner is married and has a son.

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