News Spokane is a Lovely Place to Visit…
posted by November 16 at 13:25 PMon
…and Richard Curtis visited as often as he could because, hey, he wasn’t paying for it. Washington state taxpayers were. From the Spokesman Review:
An awful lot is known about then-state-lawmaker Richard Curtisí recent trysts with men at a Spokane Valley adult bookstore and downtown hotel last month. But hereís something you probably didnít know:
You paid for the trip.
Curtisí travel records, obtained Thursday by The Spokesman-Review through a public records request, show that Curtisí three-day trip to Spokane cost taxpayers nearly $800.
They also show that during his three years as a legislator, Curtis was a prolific traveler, racking up more than $18,000 in expenses in 37 overnight trips around the state, as well as to New York City, San Francisco and Boston. Several of those overnight stays were in Spokane.
It was on those taxpayer-fincanced trips to Spokane that Curtis became a regular at the Hollywood Erotic Boutique, where the staff dubbed him “the cross dresser,” and where he would ultimately meet Cody Castagna, the admitted hustler and alleged extortionist. The $800 tab the state picked up for Curtis’ October visit to Spokane was a steal compared to an earlier visit.
The biggest bill of Curtisí legislative career, in fact, stemmed from a June visit to the city. Over the course of six days, taxpayers picked up a $2,876 tab for Curtis, including a $332-a-night room at the Davenport Hotel, airfare, and $443 to rent a black Chrysler convertible. For five nights, his hotel bill alone—including several in-room movies and room-service meals—was $1,937. The state didnít reimburse Curtis for the movies.
Jesus… with the state picking up every expense save Curtis’ dirty in-room movies and the $10 he paid to lurk in the Hollywood Erotic Boutique’s “theater,” you gotta wonder why Curtis didn’t just pay Castagna the $1000 he demanded—“for the bareback sex,” says Castagna; “or else I’ll out you,” says Curtis—and consider it one very expensive lesson learned. Castagna left with Curtis’ wallet after the cross-dressed, freshly-fucked legislator fell asleep. Curtis should have cancelled his credit cards, given Castagna the dough, and made a mental note to always lock his wallet in the in-room safe before bringing a hooker back to his room.
Of course, I’m sure Curtis is kicking himself now for not paying Castagna and calling the police—in fact, the police report indicates the Curtis began kicking himself while the police were still interviewing him.