Monday, April 09, 2007



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?"

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At 12:48 PM, Blogger woid said...

Gotta complain about your butch/femme remark.

I love the fact that you're outing hypocritical gay Repugnants... but gender stereotyping doesn't have to be part of it.

When my wife & I had our kids, I was the one who stayed home and did the "inside" stuff. It wasn't about being butch or femme, it was because I'm a writer working from my house, while she was a movie finance person working in offices and on location. To me, that was a real-world example of the feminist values I've supported forever -- and a following of the example of one of my heroes, John Lennon, who called himself a "househusband."

I was lucky to have so much time with our kids, who didn't have to grow up with the standard gender roles, and who, as adults, think that's just a very cool thing.

The downside, though, was the disdain that came from other people... the ones in the pickup queue at school who called me "Mr. Mom," stuff like that.

You're way too enlightened to be in that club. In fact, please reserve that club for hitting Mitch McConnell and his odious closet-case cohort over the head.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Woid, sorry you took umbrage. I was goofing around when I added that in. Gays know there is ZERO connection between doing the household work and masculinity. I should be more sensitive and less like Imus. (I do all the cooking at Chez Klein.)

At 5:12 PM, Blogger woid said...

Not umbrage, just exception. I knew you knew better, glad to hear you say it.

I do all the cooking at Chez Woid, myself... But as a raw foodie, what exactly do you mean by "cooking"?

At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do all the cooking and cleaning here... but I live alone. If I don't do it, it doesn't get done.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Senator Craig, on Meet the Press in 1999:

"Bad boy, Bill Clinton. You're a naughty boy."

"Bill Clinton is probably even a nasty, bad, naughty boy."


At 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Downlow US Senator Larry Craig's Snug Love Nest-- "Here's my business card. What do you think about THAT, Mr Policeman?"

At 1:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admit I am pretty clueless, but can I ask you to explain, "gay as wrapping paper?"


At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Thanks for the 411 on Graham craker and McConnell. But what about those other 16 homophobic House members? Care to share?

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NASTY NASTY NASTY! IF THIS DOESN'T TAKE THE CAKE! But, like they say, tap toe, show hard! GET BUSTED!


At 9:32 PM, Blogger The Sophisticated Paperboy said...

Why not mention Karl Rove?

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Senator Larry Craig's Dalliances in Castro's Boy Brothel

Senator Larry Craig's sexual indiscretions would be of absolutely no interest to me if he inopportuned on adult men who were free to reject his sophomoric advances in whatever way they thought most appropriate. But Mr. Craig's history shows that he is also a predator with no regard for the age of his victims. This fact has been known and tolerated by both his colleagues and his constituents since he was implicated in the first Congressional page scandal in 1980. A lifelong bachelor who, until the age of 62, had at least the common decency of not ruining a woman's life by marrying her, Craig suddenly proposed to a staffer last year when Mike Rogers of BlogActive outed him on the Ed Schultz Radio Show in Oct. 2006. His now wife brought 3 children into the marriage which Craig adopted this year and claims as his own in his official biography, which gives no indication of their adoption. Given his past conduct these children may be to him what Michael Jackson's blonde blue-eyed made-to-order children are to him — not just a cover but perhaps something more sinister. In view of his history, we should all rejoice at Craig's arrest and public humiliation, literally, at his own hands. It is just what is required to put an end to more than 30 years of deceit, hypocrisy and worse, and it may discourage other politicians who adopt homophobia as a means to conceal their own hatred of who they are, because homophobia appears to be becoming, in right-wing Republican circles, the most reliable indication of homosexuality itself.

There is still one aspect of the Senator's "secret life" — which was no secret to anyone in the Washington establishment — that has not received any scrutiny thus far: Craig's junkets abroad to exotic places that pedophiles favor because of lax laws and the people's poverty. I will let the suddenly active corps of Idahoan reporters, who have sat on this story for 25 years, pursue these leads themselves and limit myself to the senator's dalliances in Cuba.

These were made possible by Craig's sudden interest in Cuban affairs and advocacy of the interests of Fidel Castro, which he developed against the interests of his own party, which won the 2000 elections thanks to the support of anti-Castro Cuban-Americans, its largest minority constituency. It's impossible for Republicans to carry the state of Florida without the votes of Cuban-Americans and impossible for the Republicans to win the presidency without Florida. I mention this just in case any reader from Idaho thinks that their first-in-the-nation primary counts for anything.

No, I don't just blame Craig for his courting of Fidel Castro. I also blame his constituents who were more interested in selling potatoes to Castro than Craig was in selling to them the idea that the Cuban people are also deserving of freedom. Politicians should lead their constituents, not follow them like dogs. Trading with a future democratic Cuba would be greatly in the interest of Idahoans, but trading with a bankrupt larcenous state is not. Not only is it morally wrong, but economically ill-advised. It means going to the back of the queue of creditors which Cuba has defrauded over last 48 years, including every country that it has ever traded with, as well as thousands of foreign companies and individuals. But Craig not only wanted Idahoans on that line, he was also in favor of repealing the only protection which they had against Castro defrauding them. Craig wanted the Cuban regime to be able to buy U.S. goods on credit; presently they are only allowed to do so by paying cash on the barrel. In the end, by enabling Castro to cheat them, Craig was doing a great disservice to his constituency of government-subsidized farmers-in-name-only corporate conglomerates. Although they are not worth shedding tears about, Craig's indifference to their real interests does call into question his real interests in this matter.

As a U.S. senator who does Castro's bidding, Larry Craig was received in Cuba with every distinction accorded to a visiting chief of state, including the obligatory 8-hour tete-a-tete with its Maximum Leader. Gifts were exchanged: Castro gave Craig a box of his special-reserve Cuban cigars and Craig gave Castro a case of Idaho wine. [The 639th (unintentional) attempt on his life?]

But Craig got more than the cigars. Craig also got the gold pass to Castro's boy brothel, maintained for the benefit of Raul and his circle, diplomats, foreign journalists, Castro's celebrity groupies, and, of course, visiting dignitaries like Craig who peddle their influence in exchange for satisfying their warped libidos in a pedophile-friendly state closer to home and not so well-known for catering to such "eclectic" tastes, as, say, Thailand. Besides having a wider selection in Cuba where all races are represented, the pedophiles are not only protected by the government but there are no agents from the Society for the Suppression of Slavery hounding their footsteps, as in Thailand; nor are they subject to deportation to their native countries for prosecution there, as provided in the latest international accords (to which Cuba, of course, is not a signatory).

What Craig didn't realize was that all hotel rooms in Cuba which are made available to VIPs are outfitted with concealed cameras, as is, of course, the house where the boys are kept. Unbeknownst to him Craig must have starred in dozens of X-rated movies, stored in the vaults of Cuba's Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI) and viewed regularly for laughs by his cordial hosts. Of course, they were not gathered just to have a laugh at his expense, but as insurance against his ever becoming less than grateful for the "hospitality" that he was shown in Cuba.

We know of the existence of this brothel thanks to the legendary Argentine soccer player and notorious closet case Diego Maradonna. He visits Cuba frequently to fight (or indulge) his monumental cocaine habit and has related his "intergenerational adventures" to fellow pederasts in Argentina, who in turn have spread the news of the "good times" to be had there. Maradonna sports a large tatooo on his arm of fellow Argentine "Che" Guevara, who was the 20th century's biggest persecutor of gays after Hitler. It is possible, of course, to expect anything from men like Craig and Maradonna but self-recognition. For Craig, however, reality has come knocking at last on his bathroom stall.

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a ‘live-and-let-live’ Canadian here, living in a country where Member of Parliament, Scott Brison, recently got hitched to his boyfriend at a nice wedding attended by numerous political notables. Yes, it’s all legal up here and the sky hasn’t fallen! While many of us feel Senator Craig is just another hypocritical American political closet-case (there seem to be so many), we are surprised to learn that ‘toe-tapping’ in a public convenience is illegal in the US. Are American men such shrinking violets that laws have to be enacted to defend their virginity against an occasional friendly, albeit same-sex, toe-tap directed their way while sitting on a toilet in a locked cubicle? Perhaps Senator Craig is guilty of nothing more than trying to beat his entrapper at his own game! You want an example of lewd behaviour? Try law enforcement officers who are paid to entice ‘criminal behaviour’ where none really exists.


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