LARRY CRAIG WILL NOT SURPASS WILLIAM BORAH IN LENGTH OF DISSERVICE TO IDAHO IN CONGRESS-- BECAUSE IDAHO WON'T RE-ELECT A HYPOCRITICAL CLOSET CASE
More than a few people are positive that the Foley scandal was the straw that broke the camel's back and led to the drubbing the Republicans took at the polls in November, not just in FL-16, but in districts all over the country. If some voters saw the GOP as a bunch of moral degenerates, far more saw them as quintessential hypocrites. The Foley scandal wasn't just another case of a garden variety Republican closet queen voting against gay and lesbian equality. Not at all. It is a scandal about a man that everyone (except the voters in FL-16) knew was as gay as wrapping paper and who the Republican hierarchy knew was molesting underage pages entrusted into their care by their parents, many of whom were big Republican campaign contributors. Hastert, Shimkus, Blunt, Boehner, Reynolds should all have been on trial for conspiracy to enable a child predator. Instead, the child predator resigned from Congress, checked himself into a rehab clinic, and... not well much. When I first started writing about Foley being a closet case, right wing loons screamed their heads off that I had no proof and that I was making it up and that I was smearing a good man.
A few weeks ago when I exposed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a closet queen-- again, something everyone in Washington knows but is a tightly held secret Outside the Beltway-- the wingnuts were howling, accusing me of having no proof, making it up and smearing a good man. Uh huh. (In today's Examiner Mrs. Mitchell says she's the butch and he's the femme in terms of household chores.) I have another one for you, wingnuts. Well, actually there are 3 United States senators-- as well as half a dozen Republican congressmen-- who have consistently vicious homophobic voting records but who all partake in sex with other men. The senators are McConnell (R-KY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Larry Craig (R-ID).
Larry Craig? They have gay people in Idaho? They sure do. And they have Democrats there too. In fact, one-- the last Democrat to have been elected to federal office from that deeply red state, Larry LaRocco-- has just declared that he's going to run against Larry Craig next year. Before ascending to the Senate in 1990, Craig had been in the House for ten years. His 17 years in Congress is surpassed in Idaho history for holding federal elective office only by the legendary isolationsit William Borah. It may sound like a dauntless task to unseat someone so entrenched as Craig. It won't be easy... nor will it be impossible. In fact, when he left the House to run for the Senate, LaRocco was elected in his place.
The 62 year old Craig-- who, like Louisiana Congressman Jim McCrery in similar circumstances-- quickly married a staffer when threatened several years ago with exposure in a gay sex scandal. (She already had 3 children, which he has adopted.) The Idaho media has openly discussed the question of Craig's closet since he was first outed by Mike Rogers of BlogActive on the Ed Schultz radio show last October.
Craig has denied that he is a closet case having sex with strange men in public restrooms... but not very vigorously. He knows it's just a matter of time before it all comes out. In fact, when Rogers first outed him, it wasn't news in DC; "everyone" already knew-- except the poor suckers back in Idaho.
Yesterday on the phone Rogers told me that "Larry Craig is the epitome of a self-loathing gay man. In the wake of a Congressional scandal he married a staffer and, in his biography, fails to mention that their three children are from her first marriage. All this while secretly having sex inside Union Station, Washington, voting on the Senate floor to enshrine inequality against gays and lesbian equality in the Constitution."
The charges against Craig have been sitting out there, like the one-eyed aunt dressed as an elephant in the middle of the tea party. There are rumors that the story is about to be blown wide open by the local media and that there are a number of Republicans ready to jump into the race as soon as Craig bows out-- as is expected in some circles. In fact, one far right kook, Robert Vasquez, a former Commissioner from Canyon County, has already declared that he's in the race whether Craig pulls out or not. Craig says he hasn't decided yet and will make up his mind this summer.
LaRocco is already campaigning. "I just don't believe we're having all of our values represented [in DC] with the budget deficit, education and health care..., so I want to be part of the repair crew." I suspect the word "values" sounds a lot like an alarm bell to Larry Craig and that when LaRocco formerly announces on April 11, Craig will be reconciling himself to the fact that he'll soon no longer be a member of the Senate's babershop quartet-- nor it's little trio of closeted Republican hypocrites.
Mike Rogers, who uncovered Craig's deviant behavior and has done so much to make people understand that it is flat out wrong to advocate misery and inequality for gay people while sneaking around having gay sex, gets the last word:
Larry Craig, like so many others with something to hide is an expert at doublespeak. Craig has refused to answer the allegations made by sources. When his office was pressed to respond to my reporting of his sexual encounters in Union Station, they replied this has "it's ridiculous." Well, I would agree with his statement. What could be more ridiculous than a closeted Senator having sex in Union Station and then voting against gay Americans? Why won't Larry Craig simply answer the question, "Senator, did you ever have your penis in the mouth of a man in Union Station?"