Idaho’s Own Private Ida-Ho

From The Oregonian:

A month before making sexual advances toward an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport men’s room, Republican Senator Larry Craig told the Idaho Statesman newspaper he had never engaged in any homosexual acts, the paper reported today.

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The [Idaho] Statesman [newspaper] also reported that it interviewed a 40-year-old man with Republican ties who said he had oral sex with Craig in the men’s restroom of Union Station in Washington D.C., perhaps around 2004. The paper’s report said it also interviewed a man who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him in 1967 at the University of Idaho and a man who said Craig “cruised” him for sex in 1994 at the Boise REI store.

From Roll Call:

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.

…snip…

“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.”

…snip…

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.

Hmmmmm….the bathroom at Union Station and now the bathroom at an airport? I checked, and Larry Craig is not on any transportation committees, so I don’t think he was there on official business. Maybe different modes of conveyance make him have to poop….or make him horny.

I wonder what Senator Craig’s “wide stance” is on homosexuality…. From Alaska Report:

Craig’s record on Gay rights

Voted Yes on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (June 2006)

Voted No on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (June 2002)

Voted No on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (June 2000)

Voted Yes on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (September 1996)

Voted No on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (September 1996)

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25 responses to “Idaho’s Own Private Ida-Ho

  1. I think you might have screwed up on this one. He’s got a “wide stance”, remember?

  2. nonnie9999

    hi chenzen 😀 !
    do you mean i screwed up in the pic? i know he has a wide stance, but i think that he only has that when there is someone in the next stall. the stall next to him in the pic is empty. then again, maybe that is not old larry in the stall, but one of his future conquests. i refused to look under the stall door, so i can’t say for sure! 😆

  3. I actually live in Minneapolis, so I thought it would make a great blog post to go to the airport and figure out how “wide” a “wide stance” would have to be to actually touch the feet of the man in the stall next to you. I think it would be hilarious. You know, do it in Mythbusters fashion, with stall dimensions and everything. LOL

  4. nonnie9999

    stall dimensions, pictures, the whole 9 yards!! it would be hilarious! of course, you should be scientific about it–you must report how much of a stance differential it will take for different sized shoes. you must promise, chenzhen, to post a link over here!!! 😆

  5. nightowl724

    LOL funny:

    “I checked, and Larry Craig is not on any transportation committees, so I don’t think he was there on official business” and “COMMODE-Y.”

    Nor was he there, apparently, just to “do his business” or, as the officer put it, “to use the restroom for its intended use.”

    And, please, for ALL of our sakes — DON’T look under the stall door!

  6. nonnie9999

    the only thing that would make this perfect would be if the cops had, for forensic evidence, a piece of toilet paper that was stuck to senator i’m-not-gay’s shoe that had his and another man’s dna mixed together on it. there is no shame in being gay, but how embarrassing to walk through the airport with toilet paper stuck to your shoe!! 😳
    no worries, nightowl. there is no incentive in the world tempting enough to force me to look under that stall door!

  7. I don’t support Craig by any means but wasn’t ANYONE alarmed by the arrest audio? There didn’t seem to be much there to prove anything.

  8. Arm Jerker J.
    August 31st, 2007 at 2:29 am

    I don’t support Craig by any means but wasn’t ANYONE alarmed by the arrest audio? There didn’t seem to be much there to prove anything.

    Just the fact that he said “entrapment”, to me, means that he is in fact gay and/or has done that sort of thing before. To claim entrapment basically means “Hey, you were sitting in the stall next to me, what gay man seeking annonymous sex is going to resist that?” LOL

  9. Zen: Good point. Still though, even if he is guilty of it (which I’m sure he is), I don’t think the actual evidence is there exactly. I mean up against a jury, I think they would have let him go.

  10. Well, luckily for him, he already plead guilty. I mean…er…um….

  11. nonnie9999

    i think there is a case to be made that he pled guilty so that the whole thing would just go away. howevah (because there is always a howevah), i don’t think the cop would make all of this up. he documented everything. if craig was merely relieving himself, then why didn’t he flush afterwards? why make up a lie about picking up a piece of paper? what piece of paper? toilet paper? who the hell picks up toilet paper off the floor of a public restroom? he had to explain away why his hand was on the partition between stalls, and he came up with picking up a piece of paper, but he could not explain away how the cop saw the ring on his left hand. he denied that the cop saw the ring. why on earth would the cop make up that one detail? would it matter if he used his left or right hand? even if you left out the rumors that have been flying for years and years about craig, i honestly think that a jury would have found him guilty.
    and, by the way, arm jerker j, welcome to hysterical raisins. 😀

  12. thanks for “havin’ me.
    yep. all you said is true. and i think he did it. but man, he was just so damn calm pretty much. really guilty people usually get all in hysterics (no pun intended.)
    i just think the interrogation sounded a little shady. and i’m not defending him in no way shape or form…even while i was rooting for him to be humiliated. he had to plead guilty. no way out really. but still…

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  14. nonnie9999

    hi again, ajj!
    there is a reason that he was so calm. after all, he has probably lied all his life and has had to hide for so long that it is probably second nature to him by now. i tend to think that the guilty are the ones who stay calm since they plan beforehand what they will say if they are caught, while the innocent would get hysterical, screaming that the officer must be crazy to think there is a crime. craig was a little too calm.
    i don’t think the interrogation sounded shady. of course, we don’t know the lighting conditions of the men’s room, but, if it is anything like most of the airport bathrooms i have been in, it was probably well-lit and the officer had no problem seeing what he was seeing.
    i just heard the tape again, and craig clearly says he was picking up a piece of toilet paper (you know, the invisible tp that the officer couldn’t see). that makes the case against craig in my mind. unless there is a severe shortage of tp in minnesota, then why the hell is he picking it up from the floor? it made me think of that scene in seinfeld with elaine begging for one ply! 😆 not only did he say that he was picking up a piece of tp off a public toilet (ick!), but he was going into contortions to do so. he said that it was behind the toilet. sorry, but does anyone want to wipe his ass with tp that has been on a public restroom’s floor? to top it off, why did he need the tp in the first place? he didn’t flush before he left the restroom. if he is a fanatic of cleanliness, and that is what forced him to pick up the paper from the floor, then why didn’t he flush the toilet?
    omg! i cannot believe i just wrote an essay about tp!! 😆

  15. One thing in the police favour, the cops in the airport are accustomed to going in to the men’s room from time to time in plain clothes and arresting one or two individuals, it is a deterrent in an effort to keep the men’s room neat and tidy.

    So, the police know exactly what is required to make a charge of intent to carry out lewd behaviour stick. They are not going to waste time getting extra evidence, more than they have to. As soon as the exchange between individual and plain clothes has reached a certain point, the cop can call a halt to proceedings, and they can go on to the next stage.

  16. nonnie9999

    exactly, mighty mikk0mouse 😀
    not only do the cops know what is required, but they also know all the signals that are used to hook up with someone. apparently, craig had studied the handbook and knew exactly what to do. i think that is why he had ready excuses about his wide stance and picking up toilet paper (that still grosses me out!!! 😆 ).
    on one hand, i almost feel sorry for the old bastard. on the other hand, i wish they had dusted the bottom of that partition for prints to prove that he had swiped it with his left hand and that he is a liar.

  17. Hey Nonnie, our spam blocker knows all the signals too! It put your comment in the spam collection basket ready to be put out with the rest of the rubbish at the end of the week. Lucky I found it when I did.

  18. nonnie9999

    😆 spam!!!!?????!!!! that’s so funny! why would it think it was spam?

  19. Signals –> Lewd Behaviour –> Spam.

    That’s how the mind of our spam blocker works 🙂

  20. nonnie9999

    that’s too funny. you mean i can’t say s-i-g-n-a-l-s? or was it the toilet paper? geez, i am lewd all the time. funny how i got caught when i didn’t say anything dirty. 😆

  21. nonnie: your response to me was so damn funny and quite true that i posted it. no bs but you have a way of keeping one entertained while laying down what’s what.

  22. nonnie9999

    thank you so much, ajj. i have been over to your website. i am glad that you posted over here so that i could find my way there. your site looks very classy, and i enjoyed reading what you had to say (especially the piece about the dogs). i will be back again. i hope you will be back here, too.

  23. thank you! and i’ve subscribed…i’ll be back over for sure.

  24. nonnie9999

    thanks, ajj!! i look forward to your comments in the future! 😀

  25. nightowl724

    IMHO, I think Craig was so calm because he still thought that waving his Congressional business card around would be sufficient to get the charges dropped, even though it didn’t work on the arresting officer. He arrogantly assumed if he kept showing it, he’d get someone to excuse him and apologize for their “error!” After all, Republicans have been getting away with “murder” (figuratively and literally) for years…

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