Politics The Gentleman from Idablow
posted by August 27 at 14:32 PMon
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”…
Hm… I’ve dragged my ass through that airport about a hundred thousand times—hell, I’m a regular at one of the bars (hey, Mindy!)—and I’ve never been arrested after a he said/he said misunderstanding in a toilet. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten into a conversation in a toilet in Minneapolis—or anywhere else—that could possibly be misconstrued by anyone, much less an undercover officer. Because I don’t talk to strange men in toilets. Because I’m not a fucked-up, closeted, conflicted Republican pervert.
I also don’t have a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition, like Sen. Craig does.
Here’s a little more from Roll Call about how that “misunderstanding” went down…
According to the incident report, Sgt. Dave Karsnia was working as a plainclothes officer on June 11 investigating civilian complaints regarding sexual activity in the men’s public restroom in which Craig was arrested
Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the men’s restroom of the Northstar Crossing in the Lindbergh Terminal in connection with sexual activity.
Karsnia entered the bathroom at noon that day and about 13 minutes after taking a seat in a stall, he stated he could see “an older white male with grey hair standing outside my stall.”
The man, who lingered in front of the stall for two minutes, was later identified as Craig.
“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. Craig would repeat this cycle for about two minutes,” the report states.
Craig then entered the stall next to Karsnia’s and placed his roller bag against the front of the stall door….
“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.”
Do the good people of Idaho know that one of their two U.S. senators is currently on probation? For cruising restrooms in liberal cities? My God, he could have accidentally blown a liberal Democrat!
It seems to me that with this revelation about Craig—he pleaded guilty, he’s on freakin’ probation—that anyone who votes against gay rights measures, or opposes them, or rants and raves in public about the lavender menace, and gets a high score from the right-wing Christian bigots, should be presumed to be a toilet-cruising, knob-gobbling, deeply-closeted FAGGOT until proven otherwise.