Monday, August 27, 2007

LARRY CRAIG CAUGHT IN THE ACT-- IN A PUBLIC TOILET-- ARRESTED-- PLEADS GUILTY

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Apparently Bob Allen (R-FL) isn't the only homophobic right-wing loon addicted to furtive sex in public men's rooms. Idaho reactionary and well-known closet queen, Larry Craig, was arrested in a public toilet for misbehaving in a way closeted Republicans often do. So apparently it isn't just train stations' rest rooms that turn Senator Craig on. In June he was preying on unsuspecting men in the restroom of the Minneapolis Airport. It was hushed up-- until today.

According to a report in today's Roll Call the ultra conservative Idaho senator was arrested and plead guilty. He was taken into custody by a plainclothes policeman investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men's public restroom.
Craig's arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.
A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a "he said/he said misunderstanding," and said the office would release a fuller statement later Monday afternoon.

After he was arrested, Craig, who is married, was taken to the Airport Police Operations Center to be interviewed about the lewd conduct incident, according to the police report. At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, "What do you think about that?" the report states.

Craig was detained for approximately 45 minutes, interviewed, photographed, fingerprinted and released, and police prepared a formal complaint for interference with privacy and disorderly conduct.

According to the incident report, Sgt. Dave Karsnia was working as a plainclothes officer on June 11 investigating civilian complaints regarding sexual activity in the men's public restroom in which Craig was arrested.

Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the men's restroom of the Northstar Crossing in the Lindbergh Terminal in connection with sexual activity.

Karsnia entered the bathroom at noon that day and about 13 minutes after taking a seat in a stall, he stated he could see "an older white male with grey hair standing outside my stall."

The man, who lingered in front of the stall for two minutes, was later identified as Craig.

"I could see Craig look through the crack in the door from his position. Craig would look down at his hands, 'fidget' with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again. Craig would repeat this cycle for about two minutes," the report states.

Craig then entered the stall next to Karsnia's and placed his roller bag against the front of the stall door.

"My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall," Karsnia stated in his report. "From my seated position, I could observe the shoes and ankles of Craig seated to the left of me."

Craig was wearing dress pants with black dress shoes.

"At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. I moved my foot up and down slowly. While this was occurring, the male in the stall to my right was still present. I could hear several unknown persons in the restroom that appeared to use the restroom for its intended use. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area," the report states.

Craig then proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times, and Karsnia noted in his report that "I could ... see Craig had a gold ring on his ring finger as his hand was on my side of the stall divider."

Karsnia then held his police identification down by the floor so that Craig could see it.

"With my left hand near the floor, I pointed towards the exit. Craig responded, 'No!' I again pointed towards the exit. Craig exited the stall with his roller bags without flushing the toilet. ... Craig said he would not go. I told Craig that he was under arrest, he had to go, and that I didn't want to make a scene. Craig then left the restroom."

In a recorded interview after his arrest, Craig "either disagreed with me or 'didn't recall' the events as they happened," the report states.

Craig stated "that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine," the report states. Craig also told the arresting officer that he reached down with his right hand to pick up a piece of paper that was on the floor.

"It should be noted that there was not a piece of paper on the bathroom floor, nor did Craig pick up a piece of paper," the arresting officer said in the report.

On Aug. 8, the day he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the Minnesota court, Craig appeared via satellite at a ceremony that took place in Idaho in which former Idaho federal Judge Randy Smith was invested into his new position as a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In October 2006, Craig's office publicly denied allegations that he was a homosexual made on a gay activist Web site--BlogActive. Craig's office told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the charge was "completely ridiculous," saying that the allegations had "no basis in fact."

Craig, who has the third most reactionary voting record in the entire United States Senate-- only John Cornyn (R-TX) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) are (slightly) more extremist in their voting-- is likely to announce that he is not running for re-election in 2008, although it will be to spend more time with his "wife" and her (though not his) children in Chicago-- which isn't in Washington, DC or Idaho-- or anywhere near him and his boyfriends.

My friend Larry reminded me that when Tim Russert asked Senator Craig in 1999 if President should be acquitted he kept talking about what a "naughty boy" the president was.
Well, I don't know where the Senate's going to be on that issue of an up or down vote on impeachment, but I will tell you that the Senate certainly can bring about a censure resolution and it's a slap on the wrist. It's a, "Bad boy, Bill Clinton. You're a naughty boy." The American people already know that Bill Clinton is a bad boy, a naughty boy.

I'm going to speak out for the citizens of my state, who in the majority think that Bill Clinton is probably even a nasty, bad, naughty boy. The question issue now is simply this: Did he lie under oath? Did he perjure himself and did he obstruct justice? And that's where we're trying to go now in this truth-seeking process.

Pam's got Larry Craig's homophobic voting record. This is how he was casting his ballots while prowling around looking for anonymous sex in public restrooms:
* 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)

Maybe the Republican Party should start a fund to help their incumbent closet cases with psychological care. Larry Craig is obviously screaming for help. The other hypocritical Republican senators denying they are gay while voting against equality for gay men and women and their families are Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). There are even more in the House but we're saving the names of most of them-- not the ones everyone knows about like David Dreier and Jim McCrery-- until a little closer to the election.


UPDATE: LOOKS LIKE THIS ONE IS GETTING OUT TO THE FOLKS BACK HOME

Everyone inside the Beltway knows about Senator's Craig's little eccentricities. Back in Idaho... not so much. But that seems to be changing. Here's coverage in the local paper and on the local TV station-- oops, two local TV stations.


UPDATE: LOOKS LIKE LARRY CRAIG WAS MESSIN' WITH THE PAGES TOO

But he was just a congressman then (early 80's) and, of course, he denied everything. Now he's a senator-- and, like many closeted congressional Republicans, a Mitt Romney backer. I guess he likes the chin. INSTANT UPDATE: CNN just reported that Senator Craig-- who still claims he wasn't cruising in the boy's room when he was arrested-- resigned from Flip Flop Mitt's campaign. (Romney already scrubbed the Larry Craig endorsement from his website and removed it from YouTube. I guess Romney doesn't believe Craig's lies.) This was the Larry Craig endorsement of Flip Flop Mitt. Romney's gonna be pissed but MyDD rescued the political love letter Craig recorded for his Mitt.

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29 Comments:

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too Funny! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! THanks Howie, keep up the great work! Gonzo and Craig both in one day. What will be next.

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger TSop said...

Hypocrisy revealed! DWT!

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger Wordsmith said...

Oh,let me clue ya in about Idaho. See - we have electricity and such now, as you can probably tell from the usage of this computer. /snark/

Idaho, just like other markets, has numerous TV stations. The Boise/Nampa market has 6-7 (depending if you count PBS). Channel 8 is Pocatello. Channel 7 is Boise. The New West is NOT a newspaper; it's a blog.

The Idaho Statesman is the only paper in Boise, although there is the Boise Weekly (alternative type rag).

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Wordsmith said...

My other comment got lost; musta pushed the wrong button.

This will cause quite a stir. The Dems here have been trying to get Craig to state firmly whether he's running or not. Larry LaRocco is running 'against' him.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Laura Bry said...

From north Idaho: Hopefully, this will enlighten those Idaho voters who think that it is a good idea to always choose the guy (mostly) with the "R" next to his name... It is so bad here that Idaho Democrats are talking about voting in the 2008 Republican primary just to weed out the most heinous and idiotic candidates (see Bill Sali). laurmacs

 
At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is it with republicans and dick-sucking in public restrooms?

I mean, I really don't care - I'd even take pictures if I had a camera with me - but aren't repubs supposed to be the anti-sex party? The anti-fag party? The religious morality party? The lock-'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key party?

Jee-zus! I know scumpublicans are incompetent, but they have to be really, really bad when they can't even hide their own hypocrisy.

I guess I'd better stop telling repubs to suck my dick - they're likely to take me up on it! And I wouldn't let a repub near me, male or female (which applies to Ann Coulter, whichever variety he/she really is).

 
At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a real conservative, not a phony like Larry Craig. No, I don't live in Idaho, but I've kept tabs on Sen. Craig and over the past 7 years, his voting has gone left, not right. He's the biggest Agribusiness Senator in the Senate, bought and paid for. He's also one of the biggest open borders/Amnesty for illegal alien supporters, and that alone removes him from the "conserbative" label. He's a shameless RINO, pure and simple. AND HE NEEDS TO GO!

 
At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Howie,

I thought you knew...this is just the latest example of the Republican Five Second Rule (TM):

You can put ANYTHING in your mouth for five seconds and then DENY it later if the other guy shows a badge.

Got it? Nothing to discuss here...just move on.

Sincerely,

Log Cabin Ex-Gays

 
At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christ sake - what is this - dancing up and down in joy because someone was caught with an engorged prick he couldn't sedate. Fuck sake. Give the guy some pity. He's a shitty right hypocrite, who dances up and down on people less fortunate. It isn't necessary to do preceisely the same to him, now that he's shattered and helpless.

 
At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right foot to left foot. That means Craig's right hand went under the stall. Wedding ring on his right hand? Is this cop gonna say that's some other lewd conduct signal?

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger NicePoliteRepublicans said...

Can anybody give me a clue as to how this news was suppressed until the day Abu G quit?

 
At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it goes beyond all "progressive sensibility," whatever that is, to illustrate the story of the senator making whoopy in the john with a photo-shopped image of the accused sitting blissfully in a closet o'erhung with drag. When you people call others hypocrites, know thyselves for starters.
A crushed and dismayed tranny,
Danny

 
At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is this vicious queen named Danny bashing my art? What is his last name that he should be anonymous? Could he be ashamed that he is quoting Alexander Pope? "Know thyself.." Without giving him due credit? Using old English to write "over" as "o'er" on a blog comment section! How pretentious, is he an English teacher or something? - Adam

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger Howling Latina said...

Oh don't hold back, give us the names of all the homophobic queens in Congress.

I have my own suspicion that North Carolina is trying to avoid any last minute embarrassments with Lindsey Graham.

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make that three Idaho stations covering this.
http://www.2news.tv/news/9401951.html

Heh, heh, heh.

 
At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Per Carl Rove, "when you have then down, step on thier troat, but not is someone's dick is in it" I love it. They are getting what they deserve.

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Somebody needs to buy Danny the Tranny a big fucking clue about progressive sensibility. Adam's art is some of the best in the blogosphere, bar none, and if you think his o'erhung drag closet is offensive, you need to get out more, dear.

What's fucking offensive is a long-time closeted (get it, Danny? CLOSETED) GOP Senator keeping our people down for years with his hatespeech and votes while he toilet-trolls for dick in DeeCee train stations and airports.

Nobody cares about what clothes are in the closet, but you've certainly injected your sweet self into the debate with your drag pity party, haven't you, Tranny Danny?

Keep up the great work, Adam!

PS these word verifications are getting tougher every time!

 
At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Craig probably thinks his sexual orientation is the primary issue -- it isn't. It's the hypocrisy.

IIRC, Boise now has an openly lesbian City Council member. Although sections of Boise are blue dots in a red sea, from what I've seen people in Idaho do tolerate diversity. What really pisses them off is hypocrisy.

 
At 3:12 AM, Blogger radlib1 said...

Howie,

You warned us months ago that the Larry Craig "homo" bathroom thing was happening. No surprise now, but still, this guy knew people were watching and he still did the "hand under the stall" trick?

Get your jollies where you want, just don't talk "family values" while you're doing it.

I don't give a shit that Larry Craig is gay, what I do care about is that he is hypocritical and a homophobe to boot. He's also a major-league right-wing butthole to boot.

This "gay" asshole voted against the civil rights of his "own people."

How fucking cowardly is that?

 
At 5:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republican Party IS the party of inclusion - including gay men who hate themselves, has-been rock 'n' rollers with guns much bigger than their penises, nutcase Mormons who actually "believe" that the golden plates flew up to "heaven" with some ghost, actors who can read teleprompters and become god-like cult figures (Saint Ronnie of Reagan), immature imbeciles whose daddy's friends get appointed preznit, guys who troll men's room stalls for poopy, naugty rub-rub, and much more. Republicans - count me in!

 
At 5:50 AM, Blogger Wordsmith said...

IIRC, Boise now has an openly lesbian City Council member.

Not on the City Council; state legislator.

[Ya know, some things are easily checked out using The Google.]

 
At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lush Rimbaud,

You had me at "poopy, naugty rub-rub"

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger zencomix said...

Will he have to register as a sex offender now?

 
At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another republican outed. That's queer!!

 
At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, "What do you think about that?"

I think you're another republican cocksucker, that's what I think.

Don't get me wrong. To quote Lenny Bruce, some of my best friends are cocksuckers. But none of them are republicans.

 
At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idahb does have several hundred men listed on squirt.org seeking sex with other men. Even that restroom he was arrested in is listed as a cruising spot on squirt.org for sex in the stalls. I find the cruising tips on squirt.org to be quite educational for someone in the closet. Craig should not be so mean and untruthfull about being GAY.

 
At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wHAT A BIZARRE HOMO-EROTIC SCANDAL!

 
At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cop in the bathroom said Senator Larry Craig then tapped his right foot, "a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct." Officer Karsnia also stated that Craig ran his left hand several times underneath the partition dividing the stalls. I find this funny that tapping your foot in the bathroom stall and showing your hand is the gay signal. Now I don’t remember who sang this song. It’s an old song and I only remember a few lines.
“Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me. Twice on the pipes if the answer is No.” Now I tap my foot to the beat of the music if I am listening to a good song. Does the cop have the right to arrest me for that? I might move my hands like I am playing the drums too? Is that a second offense. Or is “Pretending to be Gay while going to the potty” a crime? Now is this really a law, or did the cop make this up because he hates gay men. I
can see the Lawyers digging though the books to check on this law. This also raises a whole host of new questions? My thought is that the cop made this all up. Maybe the cop should be arrested and charged for falsely arresting the Senator for wanting to engage in a lewd conduct. This could be considered a hate crime. A second offense charged on Officer Karsnia. The Cop now has two counts against him. The tables are now turned, the cop does time for a hate crime. Just another corrupt Cop in the system if you want my opinion. Melanie Stephan

9/11/2007 8:32 AM

 
At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am reasonably sure craig was looking to get his hands on someone elses cock and his lips as well. i have been in resrooms where men tap their foot and knock on stall wall wanting to suck my cock. I dont see how a court of law is going to prove any of these intentions since nothing really happened. He should fight it

 

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