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.
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.
“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.”
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)