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Monday, August 27, 2007

Sen. Craig: Undercover Officer “Misconstrued” My Actions

posted by on August 27 at 16:17 PM

Via TalkingPointsMemo

“At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. 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.”

What were those actions again, the ones the officer misconstrued?

“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….

“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…. 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.

Uh… is there more than one way to construe playing footsie in an airport toilet with a complete stranger?

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What? Doesn't everyone do that?

Posted by Carollani | August 27, 2007 4:35 PM

nasty. i don't mind a little restroom love, but with him...yikes.
the undercover officer probably needs therapy.
i worked on cap hill for a few years and it was always the joke that he cruised the union station boy's room. i could never get any action there, but apparently he fared well!

Posted by yikes | August 27, 2007 4:44 PM

So he plead guilty to a crime he claims he didnt commit?

Posted by Blaire | August 27, 2007 4:45 PM

Ah ha ha ha...seeing Idaho politicians get their comeuppance is such a delightful experience! Now someone just needs to find dirt on Butch Otter and Dirk Kempthorne.

Though I do wish I had never read the following sentence:

"Craig stated “that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom...""

Posted by laterite | August 27, 2007 4:59 PM

This just in: Larry Craig is Mormon. Heh. I think that's hilarious.

Posted by Carollani | August 27, 2007 5:00 PM

@4 - Isn't a wide stance is typical of a power bottom?

Posted by Mahtli69 | August 27, 2007 5:05 PM

Plagiarising this comment from another blog: Republicans: For a party with such a small tent, they sure have a big closet. Still laughing at that.

Posted by chris | August 27, 2007 5:10 PM

(@6) there's the word(s) power bottom again! hahaha

Posted by mr. ryan | August 27, 2007 5:24 PM

So, he's got a wide stance, and he's "handling the matter", and he's playing with a cop's foot. Look, that john is full of people who've just endured long airplane flights. HAVE A LITTLE MERCY.

Posted by Fnarf | August 27, 2007 5:27 PM

It's Just that one of those good, old-fashioned hymns (the ones that you LIBERALS would outlaw, with your thought police) was going through his head as he took care of his business.

Could he help it if he was set upon by a secular humanist cop? Everyone knows that about the liberal law enforcement establishment.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | August 27, 2007 7:12 PM

oops, sorry - I meant to say one of those good, old-fashioned TOE TAPPING hymns. Like "Faith of our Fathers" or "Onward, Christian Soldiers". When those pop in your head, your feet Just can sit still.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | August 27, 2007 7:14 PM

The "misconstrued" defense reminds me of this.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 27, 2007 7:33 PM

New slogan for the GOP: We support Larry Craig, not Larry and Craig.

Posted by Midwaypete | August 27, 2007 8:32 PM

just cracked up reading Drudge right now... he's leading with several catchy headlines: "brokeback bathroom..." "craig's list..." and my fave, "his own private idaho"

Posted by mirror | August 27, 2007 8:34 PM

Sounds like handling yourself quickly and expeditiously while changing planes at MSP gets you into very big trouble.

Posted by Dave Coffman | August 28, 2007 2:12 AM

I want to say the same thing here which I said in the comments of the TPM-piece Dan has linked to above:

Leaving aside all the political fallout of this incident, all the Republican/Democrat bickering that is sure to follow - am I the only one concerned abou the fact that the actions as described by this officer are sufficient reason to ARREST someone?

I find this deeply troubling and disturbing. If someone tries playing footsie in the bathroom to indicate his interest in maybe going further... well, as peculiar as I might find this, the only thing REPULSIVE about this is that this should constitute a criminal offense.

Now, it's different if an officer catches someone "in flagrante delicto" in a public bathroom - okay, I understand that he has to act on this... (still, I'd be curious as to whether a hetero couple would face the same recriminationas as a gay couple).
But, again, what this officer describes in the TPM piece should NEVER, in any sane society, be sufficient reason to f@%&ing ARREST someone!!

Posted by Marc | August 28, 2007 4:12 AM

@16, I hear you Marc. It doesn't seem like this was grounds for arrest. Actually, if this had just been some homo without any hateful right-wing political power who was arrested under the same circumstances, it would be an outrage. I agree with you, but I'm too thrilled to see another hateful right-wing politically powerful Republican turn out to be a cock-loving hypocrite. Stories like this, which seem to be coming in droves, discredit the anti-gay political movement. That's what I keep focusing on, although I do recognize the injustice.

Posted by Alphonse | August 28, 2007 7:49 AM

If I recall correctly, he offered $20 to perform oral sex... that's solicitation, which is a little more than playing footsie in a bathroom stall.

Perhaps exchanging money for sex acts shouldn't be illegal (I don't have a problem with that, personally), but my point is this: he wasn't arrested because he's gay, or bi, or whatever he is.

Posted by Toby | August 28, 2007 8:14 AM

wrong story toby... this is yet another case...

Posted by infrequent | August 28, 2007 9:38 AM

@17 My sentiments exactly.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | August 28, 2007 9:41 AM

This is sooooooo funny; it is EXACTLY like a character/situation from the third season/series of "Little Britain"...I know there are fans of that show on here, and I know you know who I mean....the politician who has the press conferences in front of his manor house trying to worm his way out of situations exactly like this one....


Posted by michael strangeways | August 28, 2007 11:25 AM

Hate to say anything for Craig, but there's not a helluva lot here:

Posted by Algernon | August 28, 2007 11:43 AM

Soliciting for sex in a public toilet isn't "a helluva lot"? For a US Senator? A rabidly anti-gay US Senator with a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition?

Au contraire. It's an early Christmas present is what it is.

Posted by Fnarf | August 28, 2007 12:16 PM

boy does this story have, er, legs--an agog heterosexual news anchor on NPR's Day To Day just interviewed someone from the Kinsey Institute about the particulars of Tea Room Trade. Heelarious.

Please, someone write a tap-dance musical about this affair.

Posted by andy niable | August 28, 2007 12:19 PM

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