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."