updated 2/17/2006 11:46:51 AM ET 2006-02-17T16:46:51

One group of Texas Democrats says it'll have to reconsider its endorsement of a candidate for the state legislature -- now that he's acknowledged he once worked as a prostitute.

Tom Malin of Dallas concedes his past could cost him the nomination for state representative in the Democratic primary in March, but he says he's still committed to his campaign.

Malin says he's been sober for 13 years after being addicted to alcohol and suffering an abusive childhood. He tells the Dallas Morning News he doesn't regret his past because he can still "be a viable member of the community."

Malin markets electricity, but his resume also includes stints selling Mary Kay cosmetics and serving on the Dallas Citizens Police Review Board.

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