Homo Vitter v. Craig: Senatorial Double Standards
posted by November 13 at 8:55 AMon
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) consorted with opposite-sex prostitutes—while wearing diapers, according to unverified, undependable reports. U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) solicited from a same-sex undercover police officer in a restroom at an airport. The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating Craig, but not Vitter—and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force isn’t having it. The Hill reports:
A leading national gay rights advocacy organization is pressuring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Ethics Committee, to drop an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho). As a result, Democrats may question the merits of pushing the embattled Republican out of Congress.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which last week helped push gay rights legislation through the House, has written a strongly worded letter to Boxer and Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the Republican vice chairman of the ethics panel, criticizing their investigation of Craig as unfair.
The group argues the Ethics Committee has singled out Craig because he allegedly solicited gay sex but has ignored allegations of impropriety involving Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) because Vitter’s alleged behavior was heterosexual.
The outspoken critiques by national gay rights leaders puts pressure on Boxer to reconsider an ethics committee action that gay political leaders view as a witch hunt motivated by the homophobia of GOP Senate leaders.
Boxer, a liberal Dem, should drop the Craig investigation—why is she carrying water for the homophobes in the GOP?—or launch an investigation into Vitter’s sexual conduct. Now that would be some CSPAN programming worth watching.
And a note to The Hill: NGLTF didn’t help push gay rights legislation—ENDA—through the House. NGLTF opposed ENDA because it didn’t include transsexuals, just like NGLTF’s acronym.