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Larry Craig Invites You To Adoption Gala

You may think Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) wouldn't be the poster boy for too many charity balls, what with his arrest and guilty plea in connection with an airport men's room sex sting and his GOP colleagues having turned against him.

But Craig's name is prominently displayed on invitations that arrived in the mail this week for the upcoming annual "Angels in Adoption" Gala hosted by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

The Oct. 4 event is billed as "this year's single most significant congressional event pertaining to child welfare in the United States," according to the invitation.

Singer Patti LaBelle, Miami Heat basketball star Alonzo Mourning and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson are listed as the three main celebrity participants of the gala. And Craig, an adoptive father of three, is still listed as a congressional co-chair and member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's board of directors. (Click here to watch video of Craig's adoptive children talking about the bathroom scandal on ABC's "Good Morning America.")

"The first thing I saw when I opened the invitation was Larry Craig's name," one GOP mover and shaker tells the Sleuth.

Besides Craig, the other congressional co-chairs listed on the invitation are: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) and James Oberstar (D-Minn.), all three of whom also serve on CCAI's board of directors.

Presumably, and non-controversially, the three of them will attend the Oct. 4 gala as usual. But will Craig, considering that he may well have resigned by that time?

We just heard from Craig's spokesman, Dan Whiting, who said the senator will not be attending the gala. But he said Craig applauds CCAI's "spectacular work for adoption and foster care" and that the senator "will continue to support their efforts as much as possible."

Whiting said Thursday that the senator "expects to resign" even though he's leaving a "very, very small" door "slightly ajar" while he fights to have his guilty plea rescinded.

And after initally declining to comment this morning, the executive director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Deanna Carlson Stacy, announced this afternoon that Craig has resigned as a congressional director of the institute.

"The invitations to our annual Gala had already been in process as this decision was being made," she said in a statement, adding, "The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute thanks Senator Craig for his leadership and dedication to the cause during his service as a Co-Chair of the Adoption Caucus and as a Congressional Director of the Institute."

Craig's resignation from the organization is a telling sign that he may be resigning from the Senate sooner rather than later.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 7, 2007; 2:28 PM ET
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Posted by: WOW | September 7, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Surely Craig's misdemeanor conviction and public humiliation don't disqualify him from being a good father.

Posted by: jhbyer | September 8, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Nasty, naughty, bad boy, Larry Craig!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Life doesn't stop when someone commits a misdemeanor. I guess in some places, it is business as usual. I wonder why our government has to be plagued by so many petty scandals and it almost cannot seem to function without them.

Posted by: Erica | September 10, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

To jhbyer - According to the rules in many states, if he is gay, he is not fit to be an adoptive parent. I'm not saying that's right, but it is a fact.

Posted by: mkrebs | September 10, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Craig undermines the credibility of the adoption process and the dignity of adopted persons. Under ideal circumstances, a child is adopted because the parents love the kid and want to raise him/her as their own. The legal adoption process was not developed as a way to assist closeted, cowardly, internaly conflicted pathetic gay men camaflouge their true identity. Craig married and adoped his wife's three children immediately following widespread speculation in the 1980s that he was homosexual. Craig undermines the dignity of all adopted persons by suggesting they are merely tools to be used for a selfish political agenda, rather than human beings worthy of respect. Completely self-absorbed sociopaths are rare, but they're out there. Many find their way into politics because it tends to reinforce their own distorted delusions about themselves.

Posted by: BoiseBoredom | September 12, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Palfrey, Condit, Levy, and probably Cheney...
No, the link is a very clear one first announced on FOX "Fairly Unbalanced" News. It points out that Palfrey solicited college and intern girls just like Chandra for her business. Somebody important wanted her Bye-bye, and that is exactly what I witnessed with 2 British Army Sergeants and a Brit bartender in 1977. (It's only the tip of the iceberg, but what I was ordered to ground and secrecy to.)
If you don't believe me, just look at the state of my life as run by the FBI and "Social Agencies" for 30 years...
It's interesting in that I have been the intense subject of extreme "Investigative attentions" every job I have been placed in, and EVERYWHERE I GO. I'm not kidding, to the store, to the woods, next town, EVERYWHERE. SHOW UP THE COPS.
Until, oddly? The knockdown of the Patriot's Act allowance of the FBI to "Investigate one without a Court Order." Even a Judge has said that past Presidents can't keep personal papers secret, any more. (Clinton and Cheney had me imprisoned without trial in 1991 on Maui for interrogations.)
Coincidence? I hope not. Maybe, even, my words on the Internet might be getting out, for a change, for the same reason.
But, most recently in 2001, I left behind my dedication to same after Chandra was shown on TV connected to the Condits. Since the MO was immediately so similar, I called DC Police to tell the whole thing, and they did, subsequently, find her parts in exactly the same way. (The Condits deliberately maintain an MO to blame on "Serial Killers," and deviate (sic) only when necessary. Since they have high political protection, Condit's own cover of a "Serial Killer Investigator" covers it all up perfectly." I've read where the FBI used to hate his showing up on crime scenes and contaminating them. (Uh, duh...) That they would give him a specially redacted report when he was on the House Intel Cmte...
The reason for my writing? Aside from pressures to put me on the scenes of the crime that failed (Condit claimed he'd finish me as witness in the end) between Laci, Jonbennet and Chandra are: 1)Someone wanted them dead. 2)Condit says he knew Chandra, he is statedly good friends with the Ramseys, whom many suspect as the ones who wanted her gone, and Scott Peterson was said to look for a motorcycle gang hit man to do Laci (insurance, infidelity?) And Condit is the only member of Congress in history to belong to the Hell's Angels.
I, personally worry for the quality of the ice cream he dishes out in Phoenix for in the various things they cruelly bragged about at their apt. in '77 regarding "Heartmeat pie," and "Liver and onions" (Also missing from most of their victims) and being invited to same. It would be up their alley to ENJOY the passing out of ice cream with "Tidbits" and enjoy the looks in the eyes of the unknowing... "Consumers."
No, I am not kidding, and I am not delusional. I've recently been informed that I have a physical condition, totally reversible, called Celiac's disease, a food allergy that gives one a demeanor as if "Mentally Retarded," etc, and is surely the reason I've not been believed - UNTIL NOW. In fact, I was ordered to stay Celiac Symptomatic, as a cover, for all these years. IT'S OVER! THANK GOD!
BUT I AM excruciatingly frustrated beyond belief that this travesty goes on, and on...
I suggest writing your Congressman and asking that they themselves ship in a couple gallons of Baskins-Robbins Ice Cream from Scottsdale, AZ, to pass about... See what their response would be.
Jeffrey Damler Flavor #303, anyone?

Posted by: Rick A Hyatt | October 3, 2007 1:17 AM | Report abuse

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