"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Mike Horner, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, resigned today after he was named as an alleged client in an investigation over a prostitution ring.
Mike Risner, an Orange County man, was charged with running a brothel out of his house, and Horner’s name turned up on a list of alleged clients. Bernie Presha, a spokesman for the Orange County state attorney’s office, told the Miami Herald that Horner is not being investigated, nor is anyone else on the list. “We arrested a guy for prostitution,” Presha said. “In some of his documentation – a ‘Mike Horner’ comes up.”
But though Presha said there was no way of knowing if it was the same Horner, Horner’s decision to resign would suggest otherwise. Horner said in a statement, via the Miami New-Times: “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.”
He resigned and said he is also ending his reelection campaign. Republicans have five days to name a replacement candidate.
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at email@example.com.More Jillian Rayfield.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)