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Craig kicked off Romney Campaign / arrested for sex incident

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by AbeBeta, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    (CNN) -- Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, has stepped down from his role in Mitt Romney's presidential campaign after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

    Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho was arrested in June at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

    Craig was named in February as a liaison to build support among GOP senators for the former Massachusetts governor's 2008 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

    On Monday night, Romney's office announced Craig was leaving the campaign.

    "He didn't want to be a distraction, and we accept his decision," the Romney campaign said in a statement. Access to a YouTube video in which Craig praised Romney also was blocked.

    Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah remains as a Romney liaison in the Senate.

    Roll Call newspaper reported Monday that Craig was apprehended June 11 by a plainclothes police officer investigating complaints of lewd behavior in an airport men's room. Roll Call reports on Congress. Video Watch as a reporter discusses how news of the arrest broke »

    Craig denied any inappropriate conduct in a prepared statement and said he now regrets his guilty plea.

    "At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct," he said. "I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously."

    Congress is in recess, and Craig's office said he was on vacation in Idaho with his family, with no public appearances scheduled.

    Craig, 62, paid a $500 fine when he entered his guilty plea on August 8 in Hennepin County Municipal Court in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to state criminal records.

    CNN confirmed that Craig was sentenced to 10 days in jail but that sentence was suspended.

    Minnesota law defines disorderly conduct as brawling, disturbing a meeting or engaging in "offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous or noisy conduct."

    According to Roll Call, the arresting officer alleged that Craig lingered outside a restroom stall where the officer was sitting, then entered the stall next door and blocked the door with his luggage.

    According to the arrest report cited by Roll Call, Craig tapped his right foot, which the officer said he recognized "as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct."

    The report alleges Craig then touched the officer's foot with his foot and the senator "proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times," according to Roll Call.

    At that point, the officer said he put his police identification down by the floor so Craig could see it and informed the senator that he was under arrest, before any sexual contact took place.

    Idaho's senior senator is married with three grown children and nine grandchildren. A former rancher, Craig was first elected to the Senate in 1990 after serving a decade in the House of Representatives. His seat is up for re-election in 2008.

    Last fall, Craig's office publicly denied assertions by Internet blogger Mike Rogers that the senator is gay. Craig's office dismissed speculation about the senator's sexuality as "completely ridiculous."

    In 1982, Craig denied rumors that he was under investigation as part of a federal probe into allegations that lawmakers on Capitol Hill had sexual relationships with congressional pages, saying the "false allegations" made him "mad as hell."

    He was never implicated in that investigation, which led to ethics charges against two other congressmen.

    In recent years, Craig's voting record has earned him top ratings from social conservative groups such as the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council.

    He has supported a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, telling his colleagues that it was "important for us to stand up now and protect traditional marriage, which is under attack by a few unelected judges and litigious activists."
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    In 1996, Craig also voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages and prevents states from being forced to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples legally performed in other states.

    Craig also has opposed expanding the federal hate crimes law to cover offenses motivated by anti-gay bias and, in 1996, voted against a bill that would have outlawed employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, which failed by a single vote in the Senate.
  2. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Sen. Craig's future in question after sex arrest

    Idaho lawmaker pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charge



    GOP senator caught in sex scandal


    Aug. 28: Sen. Larry Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after allegedly soliciting sex in a men's bathroom.


    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20467347/


    Washington - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, who has voted against gay marriage and opposes extending special protections to gay and lesbian crime victims, finds his political future in doubt after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from complaints of lewd conduct in a men's room.

    The conservative three-term senator, who has represented Idaho in Congress for more than a quarter-century, is up for re-election next year. He hasn't said if he will run for a fourth term in 2008 and was expected to announce his plans this fall.

    A spokesman, Sidney Smith, was uncertain late Monday if Craig's guilty plea in connection with an incident at the Minneapolis airport would affect his re-election plans.


    "It's too early to talk about anything about that," Smith said.

    Sexuality rumors denied
    A political science professor in Idaho said Craig's political future was in jeopardy. And a spokesman for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Hannah August, said Craig's guilty plea "has given Americans another reason not to vote Republican" next year.

    The married Craig, 62, has faced rumors about his sexuality since the 1980s, but allegations that he has engaged in gay sex have never been substantiated. Craig has denied the assertions, which he calls ridiculous.

    The arrest changes that dynamic, said Jasper LiCalzi, a political science professor at Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. He cited the House page scandal that drove Florida Rep. Mark Foley from office.

    "There's a chance that he'll resign over this," LiCalzi said. "With the pressure on the Republican Party, he could be pressured to resign. If they think this is going to be something that's the same as Mark Foley -- the sort of 'drip, drip, drip, there's more information that's going to come out' -- they may try to push him out."



    Already Craig has stepped down from a prominent role with Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. He had been one of Romney's top Senate supporters, serving as a Senate liaison for the campaign since February.

    "He did not want to be a distraction and we accept his decision," said Matt Rhoades, a Romney campaign spokesman.

    Guilty plea
    According to a Hennepin County, Minn., court docket, Craig pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge on Aug. 8, with the court dismissing a charge of gross misdemeanor interference to privacy.

    The court docket said Craig paid $575 in fines and fees and was put on unsupervised probation for a year. A sentence of 10 days in the county workhouse was stayed.

    Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, which first reported the case, said on its Web site Monday that Craig was arrested June 11 by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a men's restroom at the airport.

    Minneapolis airport police declined to provide a copy of the arrest report after business hours Monday.

    The arrest

    Roll Call, citing the report, said Sgt. Dave Karsnia made the arrest after an encounter in which he was seated in a stall next to a stall occupied by Craig. Karsnia described Craig tapping his foot, which Karsnia said he "recognized as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct." FREE VIDEO
    Craig busted after restroom incident

    Aug. 27: Police arrested a Republican senator for alleged lewd conduct in an restroom. Dan Abrams talks with Roll Call’s John McArdle.



    Roll Call quoted the Aug. 8 police report as saying that Craig had handed the arresting officer a business card that identified him as a member of the Senate.

    "What do you think about that?" Craig is alleged to have said, according to the report.

    Craig said in a statement issued by his office Monday that he was not involved in any inappropriate conduct.

    "At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions," he said. "I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously."

    Party difficulities
    Craig joins other GOP senators facing ethical and legal troubles.

    Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is under scrutiny for his relationship with a contractor who helped oversee a renovation project that more than doubled the size of the senator's home.

    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., acknowledged that his phone number appeared in records of a Washington-area business that prosecutors have said was a front for prostitution.

    Craig, a rancher and a member of the National Rifle Association, lives in Eagle, Idaho, near the capital of Boise. He was a member of the House for 10 years before winning election to the Senate in 1990. He was re-elected in 1996 and 2002.

    Last fall, Craig called allegations from a gay-rights activist that he's had homosexual relationships "completely ridiculous."



    Mike Rogers, who bills himself as a gay activist blogger, published the allegations on his Web site, www.blogactive.com, in October 2006.

    Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, an advocacy group, on Monday called Craig a hypocrite.

    "What's up with elected officials like Senator Craig? They stand for so-called family values and fight basic protections for gay people while furtively seeking other men for sex," Foreman said.
  3. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    :hammer:

    That's what happens when you repress your true feelings...
  4. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Typical closet Homosexual.

    Vote against everything Gay to show you're tough on it while you're trying to get it on the side.
  5. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Hey I just posted the same thing in your thread.:D
  6. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

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    Can we make any broader extrapolations from this and similar incidents? :D
  7. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    Cases like this (Mark Foley, Jack Ryan) certainly don't help the Republican argument that "Democrats are enemies of family values."
  8. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    His defense should have been... "I thought I was in the women's bathroom!" :lmao2:
  9. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Neither party has any room to claim any moral high ground based on their elective officials. How many more like this have not yet been caught?
  10. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    U.S. Senator Gets Flushed



    Cops: Republican Larry Craig sought Minnesota airport toilet tryst

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    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0828071craig1.html


    AUGUST 28--Here's the Minnesota police report memorializing the June 11 arrest of U.S. Senator Larry Craig in an airport bathroom. The Idaho Republican was nabbed in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after he apparently sought some same-stall action from a plainclothes cop. Craig, 62, pleaded earlier this month to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge and was fined $1000 and sentenced to ten days in the Hennepin County lockup (though the jail time was stayed as long as the politician keeps clean for a year). According to the Airport Police Department report by Sgt. Dave Karsnia, Craig appeared versed in the subtle signs of seeking a stall assignation, from under-the-divider hand motions to some furtive footsie. For his part, Craig denies engaging in lewd conduct and contends that Karsnia (pictured left of the Senator's mug shot above) misconstrued his actions. As for his expeditious plea, Craig now regrets admitting guilt, a realization that directly coincides with Roll Call's unearthing of the details of his bathroom bust. (4 pages)
  11. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    I really - really - don't want to know the testing policies they use to check that out.
  12. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    No, they don't. There are immoral people in every area, sect, religion, race, sexual preference and political leanings. Just that more republicans tend to tout a higher moral standard than others.
  13. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    Yep, just like Jimmy Swaggart who preached and railed against Jimmy Bakker all while swinging from chandeliers in leather harnesses.

    Newt Gingrich was just as bad. I think he was the one who was getting some on the side but told the woman he would not penetrate her vaginally because then he could honestly claim he had not had sexual intercourse with another woman while he was married. He then told his second wife he wanted a divorce while she was in the hospital recovering from surgery.
  14. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    As I recall Canada had Trudeau, who was not exactly the clean living type either. Not even going to mention his wife.
  15. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    Hillarious.

    I had a friend who had this happen to him in a mall bathroom.

    The guy was gesturing and motioning him under the divider and then finally slipped a note....

    Too funny.
  16. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Shoulda stomped on his fingers.
  17. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    No but one party is closely associated with anti-gay issue. And a member of that party, who supported that agenda strongly, got caught cruising for gay sex.

    I have no problem with him looking for gay sex. I do have a problem with him taking an anti-gay stance because he can't admit his sexual orientation.
  18. Ben_n_austin

    Ben_n_austin Benched

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    Good one.
  19. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    Trudeau liked to get laid, is there a problem with that fact or is having intercourse and being in public office a problem? He never had to run around picking up men in bathrooms.

    He said the state had to get out of the people's bedrooms and he was bang on.

    Not sure how you can pin what Margaret Trudeau did on Pierre but so be it.

    As an aside, Pierre son Justin is now running for parliament. Don't be surprised if he ends up as a Prime Minister in the next decade or so.
  20. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    did Trudeau push policies that were anti-getting laid? probably not. oh yeah, he's not a hypocrite.

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