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On Way to Gonzales Vote, Craig's GOP Star Extinguished

How's this for political scandal synergy?

The Alberto R. Gonzales scandal may have indirectly claimed another victim yesterday: Sen. Larry Craig, the onetime rising Idaho Republican star who admitted yesterday to pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in an airport men's restroom.

Shortly after 1 p.m. EDT, June 11, Craig was in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, making a connection to Washington. Detained by police for 45 minutes that day, Craig made it back to the Capitol for an early Monday evening vote to support Attorney General Gonzales. Democrats, led by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), had forced a highly unusual, non-binding vote of no-confidence in Gonzales, and Republicans used procedural tactics to prevent the vote.

A loyal Republican member of Congress for more than 20 years, Craig voted "nay" on June 11 on the procedural motion, along with more than 35 other Republicans, successfully blocking the no-confidence vote on Gonzales.

Make no mistake, this is a major event in the political life of a politician who once envisioned himself as Senate majority leader. Unlike Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who had been in the Senate barely two years when he admitted a "sin" when his name ended up on the client list of the "D.C. Madam", Craig has been a major force in the Senate for almost two decades. On gun rights, Craig is a member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association and has been the leading GOP voice opposing any efforts at restricting gun rights on the Senate floor for years. A co-chairman of the Congressional Property Rights Coalition, Craig's biography begins by touting how he was born and raised on his family ranch in Midvale, Idaho.

A member of the Appropriations Committee, Craig is the top Republican on the subcommittee that doles out funding for the Interior Department and several other agencies.

And within the Senate Republican Conference, Craig had charted a course through the party's leadership ranks beginning in the early 1990s. He chaired the informal Steering Committee, a caucus that was formed in the 1980s to push the conservative agenda back when GOP moderates such as then-Sens. Bob Packwood (Ore.), William Cohen (Maine) and Alan Simpson (Wyo.) cast major influence in the party. Craig used that perch to win a narrow leadership victory in June 1996 over then-Sen. Dan Coats (Ind.) to become the Republican Policy Committee chairman. Craig assembled a strong staff that was in charge of putting out policy missives designed to back up the conservative flank.

Craig became a loyal soldier to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who was GOP leader during Craig's six-year tenure as the Policy chairman, the No. 4 ranking position. Under conference rules, all leadership posts face six-year term limits, and in 2002 Craig prepared his biggest political move - a bid to become Republican whip, the No. 2 spot.

That 2002 whip race was viewed as a proxy battle determining who would be in line to succeed Lott. Craig faced off for months and months against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), with each man quietly jockeying for support among their colleagues for a race that would be held shortly after the 2002 midterms. But McConnell got out to an earlier start and raised more money for his colleagues. McConnell also had served in more critical positions that built up years of chits - chairing the Ethics Committee, the Rules and Administration Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Just before Election Day 2002, Craig officially bowed out of the race, handing the whip by acclamation to McConnell, who used that job to become Republican leader this year. [Lott's intemperate remarks at the late Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday in December 2002 hastened his demise, leading to a four-year reign by Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) as leader during which McConnell was always assumed to be the leader-in-waiting.]

Craig never again sought a leadership position, but remained influential within the conference on certain western issues. He is currently second in GOP seniority on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, behind Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), 75, who has been on a retirement watch in recent years. If he wins re-election in 2008, Craig could easily become chairman of that powerful panel before his term would expire in 2014.

But now political observers are anxiously awaiting Craig's next move, considering he was already being eyed for a potential retirement himself. And that decision may have been irrevocably altered by his pit stop in a Twin Cities restroom while jetting back to Washington for a Monday evening no-confidence vote in mid-June on Gonzales -- whose surprise resignation announcement was the story-of-the-day yesterday ... until Roll Call broke the Craig story.

By Paul Kane  |  August 28, 2007; 1:22 PM ET
 
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Comments

What an impressive resume the Senator has. He seems to have a wide stance on the issues too.

Posted by: Dick Cruiser | August 28, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

We need to designate seperate mens' restrooms for GOP Senators.

Posted by: Stevorama | August 28, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Another family values guy bites the dust--amen; note he is strong on defense too but he managed to evade military service. Apparently this fits the "conservative mold". This is not the first time questions about Craig and same sex issues arose going back to an earlier page scandal in the 8o's.

Posted by: jim oneill | August 28, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Jim, Sen. Craig didn't evade military service, he evaded combat service during wartime by joining the Nat'l Guard. He has worn a uniform, and it was one of the things he trumpeted as he spoke out against gays in the military. Karma sucks.

Posted by: steve | August 28, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, he dropped out of the race for Republican whip because he misunderstood the job title.

Posted by: Craig List | August 28, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the liberal media is now homophobic, this is a private matter between two adults, he had no choice in how he was born and his homosexual status should not be bashed.

Would Barney Frank have had all these mean homophobic things said about him?

Posted by: Peebo | August 28, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less what happens to this pathetic hypocrit. He's just another closeted Republican who will soon be bleating for forgiveness and understanding as a "tortured" soul who had to remain in the closet due to his upbringing or some other crock. He shouldn't expect to be welcomed by the gay community, either. His voting record on gay issues is widely known.

Posted by: Will Kanigel | August 28, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess the republican's have run out of place's to screw us.

Posted by: THE BIG CHUCQUITA | August 28, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Craig might just be interested in sucking Ted Nugent's machine gun. This could work well for both of these conservative titans.

Posted by: Joe | August 28, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse


I think that thepeople who don't like Sen. Craig are too quick to say thathe and his actions are "bad". From what news I have read, Sen. Craig is accused of asking a man to go out on a date with him [meaning Senator Craig is said to ask someone out on a date].

So what is the message that the Anti-Craig people are trying to say?

Are they saying that gay men shouldn't date each other? Or are they saying being a gay man or woman is bad?
I can't agree with that. Please don't agree with those ideas.

Posted by: Rob | August 28, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It would have been different if he would have been open, and not campaigned on the plank of family values, or kept company with the gays are immoral group.

They point is he lived in a glass house throwing rocks, and only those closest to him suspected. He's a hypocrit, plain and simple. Another member of our government exposed for the corrupt person he is, there are plenty on both sides of the aisle with their skeletons.

Posted by: Hey Peebo! | August 28, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing faintly homophobic in the media coverage. This is all about Senator Craig's utter hypocrisy that so typifies the sanctimony of the Republican right wing.

Posted by: PDX Tom | August 28, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

This isn't about gay dating but about meeting people for sex in bathrooms. Read the article. Not terribly dignified for a GOP Senator. From the Post article:

"In 2006, a gay activist said he had spoken with men who had sexual encounters with Craig, including in the restrooms at Union Station. Craig's office told the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., that the allegations were "completely ridiculous."

Posted by: Roger S | August 28, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The party of God, Guns, and Gays keep finding "Jesus" in unusual places.

Posted by: shrike | August 28, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

* Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
* Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Posted by: anon | August 28, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

is there something in these superconservatives that make them so contradictory?

Posted by: Luther | August 28, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Deja Vu all over again, I remember back in the late seventies when a prominent president of a brewing company was caught in a mens restroom with a state senator and consequently the brewery and the senator both failed. I can't imagine the people you would meet in a public restroom especially if you are interested in sex, but I am certain you would not take them home to meet mom. This Senator bashes gays, espouses family values, and rubs feet with undercover police, he certainly has an interesting life.

Posted by: whitewater61 | August 28, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less if he wants to be gay; to each his own. I care a lot that he is influential in championing laws bearing directly on things he does not personally believe in and which he intends not to uphold. What does that tell you about his other positions?

Posted by: Freeman | August 28, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Give this Bushie a presidential medal of freedom! While the Singing Senators were playing with children, Bush protected Senator Mark Foley (Republican, Florida) and solicited advice from Bush White House spiritual leader Pastor Ted Haggard while enjoying a sausage tasting at prayer breakfast. Even Senator Vitter (Republican - The State Formerly Containing New Orleans) followed Neil Bush's example of Bush Family values. Republican Rep. Bob Allen is not only another RPOF backroom insider, he is also another Florida Republican who did it like they do on the Discovery Channel. Republican Senator Larry E. Craig certainly fits tightly in Bush's loyal family. So now we know what made the Singing Senators sing!

"Let the eagle soar...

Posted by: Singing Senator | August 28, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wide stance. Is that the cause or the effect?

Posted by: I Hate The GOP | August 28, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

It's always nice when yet another Republican gets caught, but this is especially so given that Craig has voted stridently against gays.

What a pity he couldn't just meet his needs in a personals section like anyone else. Or even, imagine that, live with a male partner.

Posted by: Chris Fox | August 28, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Peebo and to a lesser extent Rob are nothing but sad little trolls. Best to ignore their stale bleats.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | August 28, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

(To the tune of "O Canada")

O Senator
You gay-denouncing man
True hetero love Republicans demand

So you can't go in
an airport stall
and grope a plain-clothes cop

You can't molest
your fraternity
This sleazy behavior has to stop

Congress must be
hypocrite-free
O Senator, cops stand on guard for thee

O Larry Craig, cops stand on guard for thee!

Posted by: PMaranci | August 28, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Come on conservative knuckle draggers...Barney Frank is openly gay and therefore gets a pass...no harm no foul. Craig is an anti-gay, family values liar.
The outrage is over hypocracy.

Posted by: pegleg | August 28, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I confess I did feel some measure of glee when I heard the news, not because he's a Republican, but because he's a hypocrite. And I'm still enjoying the satisfaction of seeing him exposed as one.

That said, here are two thoughts.

(1) From what I've heard, although his legislative record was "anti-gay", he was never sanctimonious about it. He didn't appeal to his personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, cite scripture, or talk about sin. Please do correct me if I'm wrong about that. But if it's true, it mitigates _some_ of my outrage.

(2) Stepping back 50,000 feet or so, I think it's a shame that an openly gay man (or woman) who's conservative on other issues can't run for office and have any hope of success. I don't share Senator Craig's political point of view and would never have voted for him. Nevertheless I think the country would be healthier if he could run for election based on those views and not have to hide, or try to compensate for, his sexual orientation.

Posted by: John Q Public | August 28, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

He must hate himself and who can blame him.

Posted by: anon | August 28, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

You got it, pegleg.

We've got yet another hypocritical, self-hating gay man who is going to maybe try "therapy" to become heterosexual and then when he realizes he can't, he'll write a book and plead with the gay community for acceptance.

Ain't gonna happen, Larry. Gay people have excellent memories.

Posted by: Will Kanigel | August 28, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Has it been proven in a court of law that Senator Craig has had sex in public bathrooms?

Posted by: Rob | August 28, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

ya gotta love it! another gun toting neo-con falls from grace. the state of idaho is gonna love it! what he plead guilty to and what he should have charged with like any other average american is, of course entirely different from the realities an average american knows to be the legal system in america. if you have the money and the power, the legal system does not apply to you. it applies only to the average working man and, of course, the indigent. nonetheless this is a terrible stain upon the craig family and the state that he represents.

Posted by: lonewolf | August 28, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean the dems are "playing politics" or was that what the senator was trying to do?

Posted by: Mike | August 28, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

It appears that since so many Republican Hypocrites are coming out of the closet the GOP should change it's mascot from an elephant to a moth.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | August 28, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Closet homosexual claims to have the high ground on morality? AWOL Rich kid waiting out a war at parties claims to have the hig ground on National Security? Mud slinger in Chief accusing everyone else of dragging good people through the mud? Is there no end to the glaring hypocrisy of Republican Party? How about believing in competent government instead of Sky Ghosts???

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 28, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Has it been proven in a court of law that Senator Craig has had sex in public bathrooms?"

He pled guilty to lewd behavior and of a privacy infraction. The latter may have had to do with him peering, apparently for several minutes, through the crack of the stall door behind which the undercover officer sat. Senator Craig subsequently sat in the neighboring stall and began his toe-tapping routine.

Posted by: bsimon | August 28, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Please explain to me why the so called liberal media did not report this on this after it was reported that Craig liked to make advances in the men' room on the Ed Schulz Show. A gay blogger exposed over a year ago that Larry Craig was making advances on strangers in public restrooms. Ed has 3 million listeners so if the media is so liberal they must of heard about it. Why didn't they follow him around like they followed Gary Hart? Where was the Liberal Media? Maybe the main stream media is not so liberal? Maybe the main stream media is controlled by the power elite and is beholden to the Republican party? Oh bye the way if Fox is so fair and balanced, where were they?

Posted by: bradcpa | August 28, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Gotta keep an eye on these Republican's. Never turn your back on 'em.

Posted by: Cincinnati John | August 28, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

With hypocricy a side-effect of the politics of alientation practiced as an art form since Newt Gingrich orchestrated the GOP Contract on America, Senator Craig's reported actions in a Minnesota lavatory make a mockery of the far rights "family values" and generally homophobic agenda. It's time for the voters of Idaho to do what their senior Senator failed to do: flush.

Posted by: Edward B Woody Ryder IV | August 28, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

John Q. Public--There are Republicans (Log Cabin Society), probably conservation, who are openly gay. Howver, they apparently can't make it in thier party's primaries. One, of course, may be openly gay in the Democratic Party, as long as one is at least a moderate (However, as a candiate, an openly gay Democratic canidate probably could only win a general election on the Coasts).

bradcpa--No one crediable would repeat their tales and give thier name to the mainstream press. Be glad this is so, Liberal Democrats are much more vunerable to libel and slander then the OTHERS.

Posted by: A Hardwick | August 28, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

We are a great country that should be united not divided. The religious right and the neo cons have created a huge wage that has divided us as a great nation. We must honor the principal of separation of church and state. Our fore fathers sheded blood that we may have true freedom. All MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL !!! We must respect each others dignity. May our country become united , healed and strong again.Cut the bipartisian bull crap. Let the eagle soar.

Posted by: Danny | August 28, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ask his wife, she knows that he is a queer.

Posted by: marty | August 28, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Funny to read all the GOP bashers and people using words like "neo con" who don't have the faintest clue on what they are talking about.

"Politics of alienation", "Hypocrisy"? The party of Asses (D) are much better at this than the GOP.

MSM is liberal. This has been proven time and again by multiple surveys.

This has been a funny set of comments to read. What a bunch of ignoramuses.

Posted by: not in the GOP | August 28, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Craig's hypocrisy extends into the realm of very real policy affecting very real lives. Craig promotes an anti-gay agenda that leads to discrimination and often violence-and he wants to enshrine that agenda in our Constitution! If he'd been private about his anti-gay views, he could live with his hypocritical lies and his sexual choices in privacy. But he set his own ground rules here and should be publicly vilified for his sins. Haggard, Foley, Craig, they're all of the same shameful, immoral cloth--and I'm not talking about gay sex when I say they're immoral. I'm talking about their hateful demagoguery.

Posted by: IowaNic | August 28, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The moral majority of the late Falwell ilk are now so low they spend their time defending:
bathroom perverts
torture
political attorney firings
lies to congress
sleeping at the wheel pre 9-11
lies to the world regarding Iraq
endless war
tax cuts (they just inflate the economy thru deficits)
it's for the troops
it's for the children
Jesus would throw the bums out...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

How is it that the very people who champion gay lifestyle will disparage what appears to be one of thier own? His closeted life is supposedly the result of the very nasty behavior you folks are exhibiting. The Clinton crowd steals national documents gives US technology to the Chicoms and Barny Frank has a boyfreind that sells sex without his "knowledge" and this crowd makes excuses for them. Remember, Barney never came out of the closet until the prostitution ring story broke. How each of the gay community hides until they are forced out into the "beehive" is up to them. Don't be so hippocritical folks!

Posted by: eyman | August 28, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's true. Right wing conservatives are all just repressed homosexuals!

Posted by: Rorlow | August 28, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

So, I can't join the military because I'm gay and might make other service members uncomfortable, and I can't get married to my partner because, according to people like Senator Craig, it would damage the institution. It seems to me that Senator Craig is the one who is making people uncomfortable and damaging his marriage while I'm busy working, paying my taxes, voting, and being faithful to my relationship. Obviously, something is wrong here.

Posted by: GoodGrief | August 28, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh bye the way if Fox is so fair and balanced, where were they?

Posted by: bradcpa | August 28, 2007 03:53 PM

-------------------------------------------

When Faux News did get around to reporting the story last evening, Brit Hume failed to note the good senator's political affiliation. He was simply called Sen. Larry Craig...without the usual (R-ID) following in the caption. Fair and balanced, indeed!

Posted by: Dahagg | August 28, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Up until recently, I never understood why so many conservative, self-proclaimed defenders of family values seemed to fall flat on their hypocritical faces when caught with their pants down (literally, it seems).

But after reading "Conservatives Without Conscience", by John Dean (yeah, THAT John Dean), these disclosures of politicians' private conduct directly contradicting their public personae make perfect sense. These are people for whom the expression "Do as I say, not as I do" is not just a credo, but a genetic disposition!

Posted by: dudarino | August 28, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Rob @ 3:36pm -- I'm not an attorney, but I think the answer to your question is "yes, it has been proven in a court of law that Senator Craig has had sex in public bathrooms." I think that it was proven when HE PLEAD GUILTY. He's only trying to retract that plea now that it has been brought to light by the media.

Posted by: GoodGrief | August 28, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

There sure are a lot of ultraconservatives who are repressed homosexuals. I'm sorry for this man's (and the others) famillies.

I am really sick of people being defined by their sex lives, and the hypocrites who perpetrate that line of bull. People shouldn't be characterized by what they do in bed.

Posted by: Sallyann | August 28, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What did Sen. Larry Craig want with the strapping young man?!

Posted by: Flabbergasted | August 28, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you SallyAnn, I feel sorry for people like Senator Craig. Although his votes in Congress have had a direct negative effect on my life, I don't hold any anger toward him -- just pity.

Posted by: AnotherOneDown | August 28, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Craig is pathetic. His entire life is a sham, from his ridiculous explanations to his fake marriage, including his Tony Award winning performance as husband and father. He's humiliated Idaho for 30 years. If he had a single shredof decency he would resign immediately. Innocent people don't plead guilty as a matter of convenience. What an arrogant self-absorbed loser. Go away!

Posted by: MickeyMoose | August 28, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Larry Craig doesn't have it upstairs -- or downstairs!

Posted by: Joe | August 28, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Barney Frank gets a pass? Give me a break! Go back and look at the press coverage at the time - the press was all over it, and the Republicans were calling for his head. He expressed regret for his behavior, admitted to his wrongdoing, and moved on. Craig, on the other hand, is denying anything happened. (And note that the Dems are keeping their mouths shut; is that giving him a pass? Should they?) Maybe he isn't gay but just likes to have a little fun with the guys now and then - that's not so uncommon. But, even if that's as far as you go, it should give you some sensitivity to diversity of sexual preference, and some sympathy to those who want to be with their own sex. No matter how you slice it, there's way too much hypocrisy here. On the other hand, Rudy Giuliani, who has been divorced three times, is the current favorit of the party of Family Values. So the voters are hypocrites, too, I guess.

Posted by: Bobierto | August 28, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

USA Today is noting that as part of his sentence, 10 days in the county workhouse was stayed.

Now, either Sen. Craig really didn't do it, in which case he lied to the judge when he plead guilty, or he did do it and is now trying to contradict his guilty plea.

If it's the former, then the prosecutor should charge the good Senator with perjury for his plea in the court. If it's the latter, the judge should re-instate the remainder of the sentence for Craig trying to deny responsibility publicly that he has plead to in the court.

He's either lied to the judge three weeks ago or lied to America this week - either way this deceit is not what the citizens of Idaho deserve, or what the rest of the country should have to put up with in the US Senate.

Posted by: David | August 28, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Sex in a public bathroom in an airport--you have to be kidding (or Republican).

Posted by: reporter1 | August 28, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Forgive my foray into limerick...

There once was a senator who
Made a most unwise trip to the loo,
A-tap-tappin' he went
To lasso this gent -
A cop! There goes his rendezvous.


Posted by: Maya Teague | August 28, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Craig is gay AND a homophobic.

If Craig were black, he'd own slaves.

If Craig was a Jew, He'd be a Nazi.


Coming Out Next: Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell.

Posted by: bob North Smithfield | August 28, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Karma
But for Gonzo would not have happened

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Clapping, clapping everyday, one after another, hypocrite after hypocrite, I am so amused at the GOP, they are very entertaining!
No one cares if he's gay, it's the fact that he has voted against gay rights, another "conservative" idiot!
The keep falling like dominoes, a bunch of major league hypocrites. During the press conference, the dumb wife just stands there adoringly - she's an idiot too.
What an embarrassment for Idaho, the Senate, and out gay people!!

Posted by: Blue in Indiana | August 28, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Didn't ya love the republican american flag lapel pin in the mug shot. Classic.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Gay people will start supporting gay, homophobic Republicans when Jews begin supporting Nazis and African-Americans embrace the Ku Klux Klan.

Larry Craig is a closeted, homophobic bigot who is also gay. Worse yet, he's an ugly troll and stands no hope of ever attracting a decent-looking man.


Posted by: Will Kanigel | August 28, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see how tessyrue works this story into her daily dorkumentary about poverty....

Posted by: Patrick Huss | August 28, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Hypocrites Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal. Mitt Romney blasts Craig and Bill Clinton but continues to support Sen. Diaper Dave Vitter to remain in the Senate. Bobby Jindal also supports Diaper Dave Vitter, even though Vitter quietly later "revised" his non-denial denial of consorting with multiple New Orleans prostitutes (as opposed to the DC Madame he admits). Over 4% of GOP U.S. Senators consort with prostitutes and solicit for bathroom sex.

Posted by: mike f. | August 28, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I have always heard the senator had a "wide stance" on important matters.

Posted by: unbelevialbe | August 28, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Poor Senator Craig. There's an ex governor of New Jersey with whom he might want to consult.

Posted by: Dave | August 28, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Come on people everybody know that tapping your foot and running you hand back and forth under the bathroom stall wall is the international sign that your stall is out of toilet paper. The showing of the Senate business card was just to let the other guy know that he'd be helping a government official wipe his @$$. But the peeking through the crack of the stall door!!!!

Posted by: THE BIG CHUCQUITA | August 28, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Craig represents a very conservative state in the US Senate. His voting record as relates to gay rights legislation is reflective of the views of the large majority of the good citizens of Idaho. The fact that he is a hypocrit in his personal life doesn't mean that the hard working, family oriented folk of Idaho are all hypocritical in their views opposing same sex marriages. This logic would mean that all those who supported Bill Clinton are hypocrits if they choose to remain faithful to their spouses or were opposed to believed adultery and infidelity are wrong. So tell it like it is! Sen. Craig is wrong and appears to be a liar about this incident. He should admit his wrong, apologize to his family and retire at the end of his term. The people of Idaho will decide who replaces him. I am confident that the person of their choice will not be supportive of same sex marriages.

Posted by: Clay | August 28, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"I am not a crook". - Richard Nixon
"I did not have sex with that woman." - Bill Clinton
"I am not gay." - Larry Craig

Words to remember.

Posted by: rocky2 | August 28, 2007 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Here's where I try to help out the Republicans (I'm Pete from NYC). It is a two part argument using the US Constitution and what he was doing enroute to a vote. This would release him from all charges and ethics (flashing the Senate business card ).

Could Senator Craig be covered by the US Constitution which bars the arrest of legislators (Senators) traveling for a vote? Thus his conviction and guilty plea could both be expunged as wrongful arrest, which may explain why Senator Craig picked an airplane bathroom, and why he showed the Senate card as proof he was travelling on official business. Maybe (pure conjecture on my part)Sen Craig thought that showing the card would make the police release him immediately, but when it did not, Craig tried to just pay the under $1,000 worth of fines and forget it.
It would not answer whether he did something wrong, but that he could NOT be arrested en route.

To prove my point, I need the 2 things below
--a) I show the section of the law and
--b) the proof that Sen Craig was en route to a vote in the Senate.

--a) The section of the US Constitution is:
"Section. 6.
Clause 1: The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. [...] They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place. "
http://www.house.gov/paul/constitution.html#art1

--b) Senator Craig's was "going to ... a Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place" as was noted in Paul Kane's Blog:
"Shortly after 1 p.m. EDT, June 11, Craig was in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, making a connection to Washington. Detained by police for 45 minutes that day, Craig made it back to the Capitol for an early Monday evening vote to support Attorney General Gonzales."
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2007/08/on_way_to_gonzales_vote_craigs.html#comments

I previously posted this on Washington Post's other blog as:
Pete from NYC on August 28, 2007 07:37 PM on
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Posted by: Pete from NYC | August 28, 2007 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Well now you see how good the republicans are at lying their the "BEST" I've ever seen, and their family values go as far as their "TORTURE" on enemy combatants is far, far, worse, as it has costs America the Moral High Ground in the eyes of the world, with Pictures from Abu Grab, Quantanomo Bay, Barquba Iraq, and Black sites run by the republicans who run the war and the U.S. in the last 12 years right into the ground.

In conclusion, the republicans have divided the United States as never before, and they cannot run from the "DISASTEROUS" record that speaks for itself!

"True Patriotism Hates, "Injustice In Its Own Land, "More...."Than Anywhere Else."
--Clarence Darrow

The republicans have "RUINED" the United States, and they will be held accountable, you see folks, the father of Sociology Dr. Emile Durkhime once said, "The Key to Change is for people to speak up and speak out against...."PUBLIC MADNESS....and not be afraid."

Well we must speak up, against the republicans and we must run them out of all branches of government, and then....
..."We Shall Save Our Country...

Tom
Master's Program Fall 2007 ETSU

Posted by: Tom | August 29, 2007 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Time to clean house, Idaho! Just to be safe, check how long the Democrats have been democrats, they might try to change spots! Then, go out and vote! Prove to the world there are non-republicans who still vote! Now is the time to run against these liars who want only to please their masters!

Posted by: karen | August 29, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Freakin' fag Repugnantcan.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Another Liar, another Hypocrite, another scandal, another GOP "anomaly" when are you people gonna get it. People that think they're "Superior" will alway fall hard. wise up GO P= Lying, cheating, hypocrites

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Check out Craig's role in ejecting Packwood from the senate. It is the hypocrisy that makes people sick, not the fact that he might be gay/bisexual.

Posted by: abiodunaodeleye | August 29, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Pete from NYC-
That's an interesting legal theory. I'm not an attorney, but wonder how the courts would interpret Breach of the Peace in this regard. Can you peep into bathroom stalls on the way to a vote and justifiably avoid arrest?

Posted by: bsimon | August 29, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what is HIV status is.

Posted by: Braindoc | August 29, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Craig is not gay but is a bi-sexual which means he likes either male or female sex partners. He was brought up on a ranch so you can not be picky when males are the only people around. One less vote for Iraq but Governor will appoint another vote for Iraq probably.

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 29, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this "straight". An adult male coming-on to another adult in a public place is committing a "lewd" act and is subject to a misdemeanor "disorderly conduct" conviction.
All it took was some alleged "signals" for the undercover officer to flash his badge and issue the citation. Wow! Every straight guy better remember that when he hits the nightclubs this week-end. Or is there a double standard?
Tackey...yes it was. But that being said, how sad is it that in our puritanical society, some repressed gays feel they need to resort to cruising public restrooms to find an anonymous hook-up instead of openly accepting their sexuality?
By catering to the puritanical special-interest groups, gay Republican lawmakers are reaping what they've sown.

Posted by: Marco | August 29, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Fair point bsimon. Craig seems to have admitted breaching the peace in the neighboring stall, as he was attempting to ahem...breech the piece.

The thing I'm wondering is, why do cops linger in men's bathrooms trying to enlist solicitations? Aren't there more important crimes occurring in Minneapolis?

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | August 29, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Craig the hypocrite voicing support for the presidential campaign of Romney the hypocrite. Apparently, the Romney campaign did not succeed in getting all copies of this off the web:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/051710.php

Posted by: Bokonon | August 29, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Just don't bend-over to pick up the soap in the Senate shower.

Posted by: TeeHee | August 30, 2007 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh, how delicious, to know that Senator Craig exposed his own hyprocrisy on the way back to Washington for the purpose of putting another knife into the back of the Constitution, by protecting Gonzo (and by extension Shrub and his felonious cronies.)

Undoubtedly there will be more. President Bush is losing his ability to protect his cronies, can't even delay the bad news until Friday afternoons any more. Stay tuned for further developments.

Meanwhile, the people can check yet another chore off the "to do" list:

Impeach. Convict. Evict or Drive from Office.

Posted by: VA_Lady2007 | August 31, 2007 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I think he dropped out of thee whip post race because they knew about him and he knew he would lose and it might get out why he lost. It's another Foley scandal in the making, who knew and when did they know. It's going to be interesting to see all the repubs run and hide like the cowards they truly are. What's sad about all this is that I'm not suprised any more. What's going to be the next "scandal"?

Posted by: jime | August 31, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

If his natcher is so, let him be. its is between his self family and god, if he believes in jesus. Why castigate a man for this? there is plenty worse going on with gis getting killed and maimed for no reason but to keep the libs in power. think about priorities and quit daming humn behavior even if it involves CSing and incent akts. this is small potatos compared to darfur or new orleans. SUPPORT THE TROOPS!!!!

Posted by: Pundit | August 31, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig is to homosexuality as Mrs Barbara Bush is to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers

Posted by: james | September 6, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Let's stop talking about hypocrisy and start talking about fraud against the voters. Year after year, for thirty years, Craig told the people of Idaho a huge lie: that he opposes homosexual activity.

Obviously, he doesn't. This is like former Congressman Bob Barr claiming to oppose abortion and support the traditional family... while driving his wife to the abortion clinic and paying for her abortion, so he wouldn't have to pay child support because he knew he was divorcing her... to marry his mistress. (Whom he ALSO cheated on and ALSO divorced, see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Barr#Controversy ) And please, let's not even start with Newt Gingrich's lies to his constituents. Or David Vitter's. Or Rudy Guiliani moving his mistress into his official mayor's mansion while his wife and children were still living there too.

It's not just breathtaking hypocrisy. It's fraud. And one more time: offering to have sex in an airport restroom is NOT PRIVATE conduct. The public aspect -- not the gay aspect -- is what made Craig's conduct a crime.

Posted by: Ankhorite | September 6, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig was in MN to catch a connecting flight, correct?

Has anybody checked to see if the restroom he selected (a well known restroom for GAY CRUISERS) was on the way from his ARRIVING FLIGHT to his DEPARTING FLIGHT?

Just a curious observer... mtd.dtm2@verizon.net

Posted by: Thomas | October 19, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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