Monday, August 27, 2007

BREAKING NEWS! Another Republican Pol Involved in Gay Bathroom Sex Scandal

I am having a hard time digesting this story but Republican Senator, Larry Craig (Idaho) was arrested last month for lewd behavior at the Minneapolis airport. Senator Craig was trying to find a jolly time for his "distinguished gentleman" in a men's room but he was busted by an undercover cop in the stall next to him. He pleaded guilty and paid the fine.

My 3 initial thoughts.

  • What is going on with hard core conservative Republicans, bathrooms and gay sex?
  • The article states that Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the men's restroom before in connection with sexual activity. Do people really blow some steam off in bathrooms at an Airport? I have heard some crazy stories in my years on this planet but never ever I have heard of dudes hooking up in airport restrooms. I thought this sexual activity only took place in shady public parks and rest stops.
  • Maybe the Cop was just a disgruntled groupie of the "The Singing Senators" and had it our for their lead singer, Craig.
It seems Senator Craig has had allegations in the past of him blowing some dude in DC Train station, Union Station.

WOW.

The hypocrisy continues.

Here is the full Roll Call Article.

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men's public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.
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.

UPDATE: Talking Points Memo has found this item on the web page of the Idaho Values Alliance, a family based group who loves Craig and his ultra conservative voting record. It needs no further explanation.

One of the tragic characteristics of the homosexual lifestyle is its emphasis on anonymous sex and multiple sexual partners. It is a little-acknowledged secret that many active homosexuals will have more than 1,000 sex partners over the course of a lifetime (the average among heterosexuals is seven – still six more than we were designed for).

This sordid fact of homosexual life surfaced yesterday in an AP article yesterday that reports on the number of arrests police have made for indecent exposure and public sex acts in the restrooms at Atlanta’s airport, the busiest in the world. The increased restroom patrols, begun to apprehend luggage thieves, instead uncovered a rash of sex crimes. Airport restrooms have become so popular that men looking for anonymous sexual trysts with other men have advertised their airport availability on Craigslist. One such ad was from a man saying he was stuck at the airport for three hours and was looking for “discreet, quick action.”

Where to start? Gays have 1000 partners and straight people only have 7? I do not even have a comeback for this utter nonsense. I do love the "6 more than we are designed for line." It made me chuckle, out loud too.

The best part of all these family groups that hate gays and passionately despise gay marriage is the fact that these same people have very little if any contact with gay people on a daily basis. Even if I hated gay marriage and I do not, it would not bother me because I never have seen any gay people get hitched before. It is not like straight people can not get married because all of the gays are taking their slots at churches. I do know one thing hetersexual people are good at: Divorce.

Having state and federal governments recognize civil unions of law abiding American citizens that love each other is not a bad thing. The rationale for civil unions is not taking away from heterosexual marriages or their rights, nor does it strike down their religions beliefs but this has always been about getting EQUAL rights for homosexual partners, not special ones.

Gay people DO NOT choose their life style either. Name me one good thing our society does for gay people? Typically, gays are ostracized from their families and loved ones. They are discriminated against, unable to get married or procreate on their own. Why would anyone look at our society and go F IT, I want to be gay. Maybe this is why all these conservative republicans are turning up in bathrooms looking to suck cock because they have been suppressing their true sexual identity. I have no clue, ask Dr Phil or Sean Hannity.

I guess I was WAY out of the loop when it comes to gay sex in airport bathrooms. According to this article, it is common in the Atlanta airport. This Idaho group gets all fired up about a personal Craigslist ad. There are freaks on Craiglist? SHOCKER! I met a drunk in a bar last night too.

UPDATE II: TPM finds this quote from Criag about the Union Station allegation.

Craig denied the man's account and said, "I am not gay and I have never been in a restroom in Union Station having sex with anybody.

"There's a very clear bottom line here," Craig said. "I don't do that kind of thing. I am not gay, and I never have been."

Once again, I repeat being GAY is not the issue nor is exchanging BJs in disgusting public restrooms. These public officials have supported discriminatory policies against gays but all have been busted engaging in the same type of behavior they are railing against.

The Singing Senators
Gay Sex in Bathrooms
Talking Points Memo
Craig's Idaho
My Favorite Nickname so far: Wide Stance Craig

Gleen Grenwald has an excellent post on how the right ALWAYS slimes the messenger and uses the Craig case to prove this point.

Mac Gs World

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