Former Michigan Senator Drops Title After Gripes

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Former state Sen. Jason Allen admits he still refers to himself as a senator, even though he's been out of office for more than two years.

Allen is a high-ranking official in the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. But the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the Republican has sent notes and made recorded calls to people referring to himself as a senator.

Grand Traverse County Commissioner Larry Inman says it's odd.

Allen told the Record-Eagle that he felt comfortable using the title. But then he said he would stop. Northern Michigan Republicans believe he simply wants to stay in the public eye while considering a run for another office, possibly Congress.

Allen calls speculation about his future a "lot of idle chat."

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