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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sen. Craig's nondenial about public bathroom sex

Well, the Idaho Statesman has finally spilled the results of their 4 month long investigation into the burning q: Is Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) really gay?
The most serious finding by the Statesman was the report by a professional man with close ties to Republican officials. The 40-year-old man reported having oral sex with Craig at Washington's Union Station, probably in 2004. The Statesman also spoke with a man who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him at the University of Idaho in 1967 and a man who said Craig "cruised" him for sex in 1994 at the REI store in Boise.
Here is Craig's classic denial non-denial as captured on a tape recorder from a May interview:

Another man said that in November 1994 Craig "cruised" him at the REI store in Boise. The man, who is gay, told the Statesman that Craig stared at him in a sexually inviting way and followed him around REI for a half-hour. Said Craig: "Once again, I'm not gay, and I don't cruise, and I don't hit on men. I have no idea how he drew that conclusion. A smile? Here is one thing I do out in public: I make eye contact, I smile at people, they recognize me, they say, ‘Oh, hi, Senator.' Or, ‘Do I know you?'

"I've been in this business 27 years in the public eye here. I don't go around anywhere hitting on men, and by God, if I did, I wouldn't do it in Boise, Idaho! Jiminy!"

ROTFL! This is like his 1982 pre-emptive denial of sex with teenage Congressional pages. The classic nonadmission admission - "if I did, I wouldn't do it in Boise" - just in Minnesota airport bathrooms, and DC's Union Station bathrooms. Guy must have a real fetish for bathrooms and transportation. Kinky!

But wait, there's more:

On May 12, two days before its interview with Craig, the Statesman finally interviewed Rogers' "best source," the man who says he is certain he had a brief sexual encounter with Craig at Union Station, which is two blocks from Craig's office. The man said the sex occurred in two restrooms on a weekday afternoon. He estimated the encounter lasted three or four minutes.

The man's motive was twofold. A lifelong Republican, he recently had re-registered as a Democrat because he's angry with what he sees as the GOP's gay-bashing. Second, he was tired of Rogers picking on congressional staffers and offered him the chance to "out" a senator.

This guy sounds like a Republican staffer, probably former, who is pissed that the Senator was propping up Don't Ask Don't Tell, even 11 days after getting arrested for his Minnesota gig. Also, why 2 bathrooms? How 2 bathrooms? Doesn't it take a few minutes to travel from 1 restroom to another? perhaps I am not thinking creatively enough, but how do you stretch that far?!? Is that what Sen. Craig means by his "wide stance" defense?!?!?

About the pre-emptive denial of teenage page sex, mcjoan at dkos says:
Craig's bizarre preemptive denial in the 1982 scandal and his marriage to a staffer six months afterward have been the stuff of speculation for 25 years. Craig obtained an "instant family" with the marriage--she had children from a previous marriage. It certainly did seem convenient.
Craig told the Statesman in May that he doesn't care about a person's sexual orientation. He said he had a homosexual staffer. "I hire people based on their talent and their ability to produce," he said.
Hmm, well, there's just too many double entendres to be made here. I will just leave that one for you, dear readers. Wonkette's having a field day, and their commenters are just cutting it up. Watch out Democratic congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) dance around whether Larry "Wide Stance" Craig is gay on Bill Maher.

But Peter Fearon, then with the New York Post, said he never said his paper was preparing to name Craig. "No, no — it wasn't ‘are you under investigation?' It was simply an inquiry: ‘Have you heard anything? Who have you heard about? Have you heard any names mentioned? What's your reaction to this news?'

"The next thing I know, Larry Craig has issued a press release: ‘This isn't me.' Which I just thought was a bizarre and ultimately very foolish thing to do.

"He was the only person going on the record anywhere," Fearon said. "And of course, when you do that, it's like raw meat. He's saying, ‘Nobody's actually accusing, but it wasn't me!' It's no wonder it's dogged him. He denied something that no one had accused him of."

But the song of the day, which I dedicate to the distinguished Senator from Idaho is the following: Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me".

Bangin' on the bathroom floor indeed.

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