As strange as his resignation seemed a few weeks ago to the alleged thefts from Target, there appears to be another component of Claude Allen's life that may swing this story from a dark episode of "West Wing" to a storyline in the soap opera "All My Children."
It seems that Claude Allen has an identical twin brother. A twin brother whose life hasn't been as charmed Claude's. Apparently, Claude's brother - Floyd - has had his share of troubles since his college days. The New Times reports:
Like others who know him, his stepmother cannot understand the turn of
events. "I simply have no idea where things could have gone wrong in his life,"
Mrs. Allen said.
Floyd was the twin who "kept running into bad times," while Claude
Allen intervened repeatedly to help him, she said.
In 2001, Floyd Allen declared bankruptcy in Virginia; a year earlier he
was ordered to pay $6,450 in a civil suit brought against him by a travel
company, according to state and federal records.
The plot thickens as Claude Allen seems to brush off the charges and tells a close confidant that only one side of the story has been told. It shouldn't be too long before we see the Beltway start to spin the "Evil Twin" Theory. I bet Scooter Libby would've never thought of this one in a million years!