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Larry Craig: Now Changes Planes in Denver

Looks like Sen. Larry Craig (R-Not Gay) is avoiding the Minneapolis airport bathroom that he made so famous.

The Idaho Republican chose a different travel route this week on his way back to Washington to face his colleagues for the first time since news broke last month of his arrest and guilty plea in connection with a bathroom sex sting operation.

Craig changed planes in Denver instead of Minneapolis Monday night. A fellow weary air traveler and trusted Sleuth informant saw the senator boarding United Flight 168 from Denver, which arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport a few minutes late, at 12:26 a.m. Tuesday, according to public flight information.

The source, who was also flying to Washington on business, said Craig was traveling with a "younger, shorter" man than the senator, someone who our source surmised was either an aide or an attorney. Craig's office did not respond to an email request for comment on why the senator chose Denver instead of Minneapolis to switch planes.

Unfortunately for travelers who have turned the men's room in the Northstar Crossing area of the Minneapolis airport's Lindbergh Terminal into a full-fledged tourist attraction, Craig's new travel route means they may not get to see the star of the attraction. It's sort of like going to Dollywood and not getting to see Dolly.

Meanwhile, Craig returned to the Senate Tuesday as if he'd been away on sabbatical. He shook hands with his colleagues on the Senate floor during roll call votes, spoke at the weekly Tuesday GOP luncheon and basically did what the Republican leadership had hoped he wouldn't: call more attention to himself and the scandal that has become another thorn in the side of his party.

Please check out my colleague Paul Kane's blog Capitol Briefing to read our take on Craig's first day back.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 18, 2007; 6:55 PM ET
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I wonder if he is traveling will a naughty, naughty nasty boy?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2007 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Why would you want to insult Dolly Parton by even mentioning her name in a piece about Craig, aka Rest Room Romeo.

Posted by: r man | September 19, 2007 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Im sure Denver has as much security in their airport as Minn. He won't be able to get away with that kind of behavior there either. He might try riding a greyound bus, Their security is not as strict, and there are more little boys running around unatended, bad boy, naughty boy, little boy, big boy, oh boy, hey boy.

Posted by: ikenhower | September 19, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Clarification: Larry Craig is not a pedophile. So far as we know, he is not interested in little boys. Gay does not equal pedophile. Soliciting sex in a public bathroom does not equal pedophile. Please get your terminology correct.

Posted by: VA-dem | September 19, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Larry Craig is not gay or pedophile and criminals are supposed to go back to the scene of the crime and he didn't, he went to denver instead. Suppose he is gay and the man he is travelling with is his mate then i really want him back in Minnesota and not in my home state of Colorado, don't really feel safe. Well I don't think he is gay so I am ok. For the people that think that he is gay, grow up you aren't in middle school any more and if you are then you should stay out of the others' businesses. If the DIA bathroom gets turned in to a tourist attraction, a lot of people are going to be mad.

Posted by: somemongolianguy | September 19, 2007 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I have the correct term for Larry Craig: hypocrite.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | September 20, 2007 1:12 AM | Report abuse

VA-dem is right, gay does not equal pedophile, that label is reserved for reading my books

Posted by: Jim Webb | September 20, 2007 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Larry Craig has no right to still be considered as a leader in this country. Nor does he have the right to not go back to Minneapolis and come to my neck of the woods to start more drama. Posted by someguy, I don't think anyone in Colorado would feel comfortable having a Senator literally on the hunt out here. He is just poluting the clear air.

Posted by: BIG11 | September 20, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I commented on an earlier blog on Larry Craig saying that he was gay and that he shouldn't of pleaded guilty and then have denied it. Know he only proved my point further by changing planes in Denver instead of Minneapolis. If he wasn't guilty then he wouldn't have avoided the minneapolis airport. This will affect his life in politics know that he has pleaded guilty, however he is doing the right thing by trying not to draw more attention to himself.

Posted by: Jose Robles | September 20, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm making a special effort to change planes in Minneapolis and go to the bathroom there it just sounds like such a fun place

Posted by: rufus | September 20, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse now will the Denver airport start to get a gang of perverts hanging out like they did in Minneapolis?

Considering Craig's long history in the Senate and the fact that all his homebound flights were through Minneapolis, one might wonder if Craig was, if not instrumental, at least influential in the growth of that restroom situation in Mineeapolis that precipitated the undercover cops being in there in the first place.

He could have been one of the primary enablers of the lawlessness that led to that sordid situation. Just how much Craig represents the growth of that culture in Minneapolis, only the angels know.

But, Larry, they DO know.

You can fool us, but you can't fool Moroni.

Posted by: JEP | September 20, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed Craig's support group has also diminished on "the blogs," that old "Fellowship of the Stance" is having trouble keeping members.

Posted by: JEP | September 20, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

It is my opinion that Senator Craig has a right to a fair proces like everybody else.
We can't blame him for being gay or whatever he is. The only sin of Senator Craig is his hipocrisy like many closetted Republicans who scream against gays but when it come to Mary Chenney then they go quiet and muted like an oyster.

Posted by: Rick | September 20, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

'Tis rumored that now that the Fed and Treasury are hell-bent again on kayoing the dollar to bail out the machers and the hoi polloi (that was YOUR purchasing power, America!), the gentleman from Idaho is hitting every airport to see if he can get those Canadian quarters back.

Posted by: Philip V. Riggio | September 20, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

He should stay out of trouble and just use airplane bathrooms. There's hardly enough room for a wide stance there.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 20, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Republican Senator Larry Craig is to be pittied. He has hidden his sexual identity in this "Christian" Nation because we have made it unbearable and even dangerous to be ourselves. He should resign the Senate, divorce his wife and do as he pleases in the privacy of his bedroom.

Posted by: Jeff | September 21, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Watch out, y'all. I think Larry Craig will be coming to airports all over the country, looking for stray pieces of paper that he will try to pick up off the floors of stalls in mens' rooms. Yeah

Posted by: Mab | September 21, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I hear the Denver men's restrooms are quite nice too. Careful of the "wide stance" in Denver Mr. C.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | September 21, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I am wondering why he doesn't have to register as a sex offender? Many men arrested in bathrooms or in a public place are required to do so.He did after all peek into the stall next to him to see who was in there. If that was a child in there that poor child would be tormented and scared to ever use a public restroom again.

Posted by: Mike | September 22, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Moroni. Mormon. Moral moron.

Posted by: Bill Perdue | September 23, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Craig shouldn't resign because he likes sex in airport toilets with strangers.

However, Craig and all those who oppose full equality for gays and lesbians, like the policymakers of the Democratic and Republican Party, are antigay bigots. Craig is distinct from them and far, far worse; he's a two-faced homophobic rat. None of them are fit to serve.

The distinction is that Craig's a homophobe, afraid of being gay, and it leads him to deceitfully vote for anti gay laws while haunting restrooms. The catholic, protestant, mormon cultist in the Democratic and and Repulican Party who also vote for antgay bills are gay haters and unashamed bigots, like the Nazi's were about Jews.

Posted by: Bill Perdue | September 23, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Oohh, we've had a Nazi reference. The dabte's lost now.

On a completely seperate note, Dolly doesn't actually live at the park. She shows up to open the year and for the occasional special event, but she doesn't live there.

Posted by: EricS | September 24, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It is good to know that the media has nothing better to do than to keep up this idiocy over Senator Craig because he tapped toes in a toilet, but are happy to accept Senator Vitter's pretty poor apology when his sin has been repetitive. Or is the "gay" angle more salacious? Get a hat Mary Ann Akers, we need a new Hedda Hopper to raise our intellectual abilities!

Posted by: John Twiss | September 25, 2007 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Oh, come on, talking about Larry Craig is fun! Thanks for keeping it going, Mary Ann.

And by the way, aside from whether he should have been prosecuted or whether he should have pleaded, don't you think he told a believable story?

I mean, when you've seen a piece of toilet paper on the floor behind the toilet of a public restroom, haven't you reached down there to pick it up off the floor with your bare hand? And those stalls are pretty small. Surely you have had to reach your feet have reached below the partition into the other stall to touch the feet of some other guy you don't even know, haven't you?

Posted by: Harry Bosch | September 25, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

larry craig is not a pedophile....he does not and has never owned a bicyle.

Posted by: f r olveda | September 25, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I have been in public restrooms. The stalls are not huge but neither are they so small that when you sit your feet spread to the sides of the stall. I dont know what i would do if someones foot crossed over to my side, but I would say something to the person next to me. The only time I have ever put my hand down was when my daughter handed me paper because mine was out. This guy was looking for sex and its pretty clear that he knew the signals.. Guilty is guilty and who pleads guilty when they are not. I would be shouting this to anyone who would listen if it were me. I wonder if everyone can take back a guilty plea in court once its over because I got a traffic ticket once and I pled guilty but I have since decided I am innocent...

Posted by: tricia | September 25, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mary Ann Akers,

Thank you for your breathless updates on the Larry Craig scandal. Congratulations also on obsessing about this topic, which shows an original mind at work, in contradiction to the rest of the MSM, where the Craig scandal has been under-covered, one might say. And finally, thanks for refusing to cover the much more significant case of Sen. Kennedy and his family's vigorous opposition to an environmentalist plan to put wind farms in the waters off Cape Cod, thus blocking their views and interfering with their sailing. Why, if you started making fun of the Kennedys in this matter, you could be accused of being biased against liberals, and we all know that no such bias (framing devices, vocabulary) exists in the urban, middle-class news media.

Posted by: Mark Richard | September 26, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Since it is not legal to arrest a member of the legislature traveling to or from the place of meeting, or when the legislature is in session, it would seem to me that his arrest was moot. Why is this still being processed. Of course, his attorneys know more about this than I do, they must have discounted the notion. What a rip to pursue this.

Posted by: Rick | October 3, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

My Mother always said that you cannot say someone is a queer unless you have participated with them. Good advice Mom.

Posted by: Rick | October 3, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update. I've already picked out a nice stall in Denver. I got a good adjustable zipper rate.

Posted by: Bruce | October 27, 2007 3:48 AM | Report abuse

Only horses tap their feet in stalls Larry. You old cowboy, giddy up!

Posted by: Barney | October 27, 2007 3:54 AM | Report abuse

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