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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Richard Curtis Goes National

posted by on October 31 at 8:59 AM



Happy Halloween, Wonkette readers! Do we have any scary stories to tell for the occasion, you might be asking? Well good gay God, have we ever! In what one commenter has described as “the DaVinci Code of the GOP,” the Spokane, Wa. Police Department’s report on state Rep. Richard “I have not had sex with a guy” Curtis’ extortion case leaked yesterday. In it, Curtis admits to the police that he did have sex with a “reputed” male prostitute, Cody Castagna (beautifully captured here). But the police report—replete with sting opps, erotic boutiques, cross-dressing, metaphors involving toothpase—makes it so, so much better. If you’re going to read the whole thing, we strongly urge you to take a bathroom break beforehand rather than having to get up in the middle.


Headline of the week so far: “Cross-dressing state lawmaker blackmailed following late night tryst”

Yeah, you just don’t see a headline like that every day. The only thing missing is that the cross-dressing lawmaker is an anti-gay Republican and the tryst was with a man.


Rep. Curtis is married with children and has denied being gay. He’s gone with the “helping someone” defense as opposed to the “wide stance” defense.
“I committed no crime,” Curtis said Monday afternoon. “I did not solicit sex. I was trying to help somebody out.”

He also has an anti-gay voting record because nothing proves you aren’t gay as trying to treat gays as second class citizens.


There really isn’t any end to the depravity of the hypocrites in the moralist GOP. They want to deny LGBTs basic civil rights while behind closed doors they engage in the kinds of behavior that the professional Values Voter set publicly wrings their hands over.

Rep. Richard Curtis, a lawmaker in Washington state who voted against domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples and opposed an anti-discrimination law to cover sexual orientation, goes for the gold in terms of getting freaky. When I posted last night, Dan Savage over at Slog kept sending me kinkier and kinkier news on this Curtis, who engaged in mutual sexual activities” with male escort/porn actor Cody Castagna.

The Carpet Bagger Report:

Given the Republican sex scandals of 2006, it seemed reasonable to assume 2007 would be a little quieter. No such luck.


Gay Republican News: The pathology of the closet claims another victim.


Things aren’t looking good for Richard Curtis. The Columbian newspaper obtained a police report detailing the Republicans tryst with 26-year old Cody Castagna and, well, it’s pretty damning:
The police report contains an account of how Curtis allegedly donned women’s clothing, red stockings and a black sequined lingerie top before engaging in a sex act at the store. He continued to wear them throughout the night under his clothing.



It’s A GOP Whoregasbord! Ho-lee CRAP! The scandal unfolding around Washington state Rep. Richard Curtis (R-DUH) is out-Haggarding and out-Craiging anything we’ve ever seen from fucked up, self-hating, anti-gay, right-wing Republicans. And that, my tender kittens, is rilly, rilly saying something.

Good As You:

Remember yesterday when we told you about Washington state Rep. Richard Curtis (R-La Center) being the latest Republican lawmaker to have his closet door busted down? And remember when we told you about his alleged tryst’s porn past and solicitations for a sugar daddy who would “put cum in my tummy”? Yea, well, the police report has now been made available online, and the situation is even wilder than we thought! We’re talking Curtis in women’s lingerie; Curtis demanding bareback sex; Curtis receiving oral sex in an adult store’s video booth….

Democratic Daily:

“State Representative Richard Curtis” who “dressed up in women’s lingerie and met a Medical Lake man in a local erotic video store which led to consensual sex at a downtown hotel” says, you guessed it, “he’s not gay.” … TBogg hits the nail on the head: “Wouldn’t it just be easier to get a show of hands from Republican politicians who really really aren’t gay?”


Of course this is the real kicker to the story. The Spokesman Review reported yesterday: “Elected to the state House of Representatives in 2004, Curtis has voted like a fiscal and social conservative. This spring, he voted against domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples. Last year, he opposed a gay rights bill that banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”

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Posted by Michigan Matt | October 31, 2007 9:11 AM

Joe.My.God always had the same lineup as your HOMO posts. What's up with that? He never links to you. You link to him. Do you both surprisingly receive the same info?

Posted by the fuck | October 31, 2007 9:13 AM

Yesterday I said I'd do him for $100. I low-balled (Ha!) the estimate. Make that $1,000 or the wallet.

Posted by Spoogie | October 31, 2007 9:25 AM

Call me a prude, but why would anyone want to bareback? Forget about potential deadly STIs, what about not wanting santorum directly on your cock?

Posted by Mike in MO | October 31, 2007 9:28 AM

If you are a closeted gay republican, you should generally be a bit more selective about who you bring back to your hotel room: (From the Washington Courts website, results of name search on Cody Michael Castagna:)

Name /
Participant Court Case Number File/Violation
Date Case Type /
Cause Code
1 Castagna, Cody Michae;
Defendant Spokane Superior 97-8-00071-4 01-15-1997 Juvenile Offender
2 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Kcdc-so Div(auk Djd) 200146011 09-25-2000 Probable Cause

3 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Superior 94-8-01319-6 11-09-1994 Juvenile Offender
4 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Superior 94-8-01328-5 11-10-1994 Juvenile Offender
5 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Superior 94-8-01359-5 11-21-1994 Juvenile Offender
6 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Superior 95-8-00540-0 06-07-1995 Juvenile Offender
7 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Superior 96-8-01712-1 12-19-1996 Juvenile Offender
8 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Superior 97-8-00499-0 04-14-1997 Juvenile Offender
9 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Superior 97-8-00519-8 04-17-1997 Juvenile Offender
10 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Superior 98-8-00288-0 02-25-1998 Juvenile Offender
11 Castagna, Cody Michael
Judgment Debtor Spokane Superior 99-9-08405-5 01-19-1999 Judgment
12 Castagna, Cody Michael
Judgment Debtor Spokane Superior 99-9-08421-7 01-19-1999 Judgment
13 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Cheney Municipal 9600458 07-08-1996 Infraction Traffic

14 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Olympia Municipal Ct CR0185590 08-16-2000 Criminal Non-Traffic

15 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane County Dist C00665379 08-24-2007 Criminal Traffic

16 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane County Dist IN0385485 01-25-2005 Infraction Traffic

17 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Municipal B00065611 08-17-2007 Criminal Traffic

18 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Municipal U00012556 03-07-2005 Infraction Non-Traffic

19 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Municipal U00053108 05-02-2006 Infraction Traffic

20 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Spokane Municipal U00080084 08-17-2007 Infraction Traffic

21 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant King Co Superior Ct 01-1-00541-0 01-19-2001 Criminal

22 Castagna, Cody Michael
Defendant Seattle Municipal Ct 316196 08-01-1997 Criminal Traffic

Posted by Jim West | October 31, 2007 9:38 AM

Yeah, he's a 21-time loser, but he's bringing down a congressman, which is sweet.

The comments on (Clark County's newspaper) are a window into a mentality nearly as creepy as Curtis is. Mostly they're about some stupid casino, but there's plenty of "I just don't want queers running the government", and the usual Republican point-missing of "Democrats are hypocrites because they only think getting busted for sex is bad when Republicans do it, Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton" yah-yiz.

Posted by Fnarf | October 31, 2007 10:01 AM


how are all of those juvenile things on there? why aren't they sealed? do you suspect a conspiracy?

Posted by pain | October 31, 2007 10:04 AM

Is it too early to suggest that the theme of next year's Pride parade be: "Hey GOP! We're NOT GAY too!"

Posted by el ganador | October 31, 2007 10:24 AM

Anyone taking bets on how quick Curtis resigns and goes into rehab?

My bet is the late Friday afternoon news dump.

Posted by SDA in SEA | October 31, 2007 10:32 AM


Posted by Polka lips now! | October 31, 2007 10:38 AM

What I find interesting is the complete lack of coverage by the local mainstream daily papers. Even King 5 covered the developments this morning, but the PI and Times have been strangely silent. The closest I've seen to actual coverage was a blog entry on the P-I website with a link to an AP story. WTF, mainstream media? No wonder you're slowly going extinct.

Posted by Jessica | October 31, 2007 10:40 AM

Richard Curtis... Dick Curtis... Dick Urtis... Dick Hurts...

Posted by DH | October 31, 2007 10:46 AM

Just wondering - do you think Mr. Curtis was a fan of Concerned Women of America?

My bet says - YES. Bet he sent them money when he got their fund raising letters. Think on it.

Remember to vote.

Posted by ida mae | October 31, 2007 10:56 AM

@8 Genius! I concur. Let's show them we can wear stockings with the best of them!

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | October 31, 2007 11:09 AM

Point of clarification -- Curtis is a member of the state house, not a member of congress. Doesn't really matter, because I feel like this is an early Chanukah present. He's a mean, mean man. Not as mean as Jim West, but hasn't been on the scene as long as Jimmy was.

No doubt he will resign very, very soon.

Posted by ahava | October 31, 2007 11:22 AM

UNBELIEVABLE!! When is a GOP big-whig like Dick Cheney going to finally intervene and admit that the Republican Party and Republican families are totally and completely infused with homosexual behavior, homosexual lifestyle indoctrination, and homosexual practices? Goddamn, these idiots need to fess up once and for all and put an end to their anti-gay charade. And Log Cabin, can you please step up to the plate and clean your own freakin house?!!

Posted by Ray | October 31, 2007 11:38 AM

At least the closeted Republicans have good taste. Not as hot and woofy as Craig's reputed past prey who surfaced, but tatsy all the same!

Posted by buggerman | October 31, 2007 11:43 AM

Mike in MO @4,

Just to be clear: Everyone should always wear condoms. That said--unprotected sex for a top feels about 1,000,000 times better. Trust me when I tell you that's why men, het and gay, have been lying and dying for it for thousands of years.

Posted by Original Andrew | October 31, 2007 11:46 AM

Original Andrew: santorum is a steep price. It's not like condom sex doesn't feel GREAT too. Just saying.

Posted by Mike in MO | October 31, 2007 12:42 PM

Mike in MO @19: Assuming neither partner has an STD (don't just take him at his word; get the results of a test first!), it's possible to have unprotected sex without risk of santorum. Just follow the steps Dan has given before: Use the bathroom ahead of time, and then use a douche to clean out whatever's left in there.

Posted by Anna | October 31, 2007 1:14 PM

#19 that is why god invented the anal douche.

it would be nice if a graphics-savvy stranger staffer could compile an infographic or timeline of all the GOP sex scandals in the past year. it's so hard to keep track of all of them.

Posted by brandon | October 31, 2007 1:14 PM

Not implying that closeted married homos are pedophiles, but I'm sure Dick Curtis' bio is sure to make a few parents of kids on is Little League teams a bit freaked out...

I wonder how "deep" his commitment to "serving" Cody Castagna was?

Oh, and look! He's a proud veteran of the US Air Force. I wonder if he wore the red stockings and lingerie under his flight suit? Now that would be hot!

From his official Bio:

A New Mexico native and second-term state representative, Richard and his family make their home in La Center. They’ve lived in southwest Washington for over 11 years.

Driven by a deep commitment to serving others, Richard has worked in the emergency services field for over 19 years and is currently a Fire Captain-Paramedic for the Vancouver Fire Department. He also owns a small business that provides instruction for advanced cardiac life support at Southwest Washington Medical Center.

A paramount function of his profession is staying up-to-date with the latest life-saving and firefighting techniques in his field. As such, Richard has completed many hours of coursework in fire science, para-medicine and public administration. He studied at the University of Arizona, Clark County Community College, Western Oregon University, Portland Community College and Portland State University.

In addition to being a husband, father, fire captain-paramedic and state representative, Richard is also involved in the community. He served as a La Center City Councilman and is the founder of the Tribal Development Taskforce, a group of southwest Washington elected officials who examine the impact of the proposed casino complex. Richard has volunteered his time coaching youth sports teams as well as serving as a Little League Safety Officer. Additionally, he is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Posted by Jim West | October 31, 2007 1:33 PM

So he's a model citizen. It's too bad that people can't understand that perverts can be model citizens too, and that hating and fearing them -- or yourself -- for their sexual peccadilloes just causes unecessary grief for everybody. The first person who needs to integrate the ideas of "unusual sex appetites" and "model citizenry" is Rep. Curtis himself. Instead, he's destroying his own life and those of many others.

Posted by Fnarf | October 31, 2007 1:49 PM

Richard Curtis is receiving all the kicks to the head at once. He must be miserable and despondent, sorry and sad. He must feel shame and anguish, hurt and despair. I bet he feels sorry for his family and angry with himself - so stupid to throw it all away, so stupid to put himself in this situation. Because of him, his kids and wife face ridicule and what surely seems like all the angst in the world.

Richard Curtis: You need to apologize to the GLBT community for your heinous treatment of us. You contributed mightily to the pain and anguish and suffering of our people. Whatever disorders you have in your own life that prevented you from being true and decent to yourself have manifested in harm to good people. Say you're sorry, mean it, and make amends.

Many of us are kind and gracious and forgiving - certainly not all. If you truly atone, we'll welcome you. If not, you can go fuck yourself even more than you have.

Posted by CFP1721 | October 31, 2007 3:16 PM

Anna and brandon,

You guys! I totally wasn't gonna go there to protect Mike in MO's sweet innocence. But yes, if your partner's clean and ready to go--I also prefer freshly showered--then santorum really isn't an issue.

P.S. brandon @ 21,

TPM Muckraker has a fairly good round-up of most of the legal scandals, though sadly not all the sex ones.

Be sure to click on Grand Old Docket under Muck Resources to get started, 'cause for fuck's sake the scandals all have to be alphabetized there's so many!

Posted by Original Andrew | October 31, 2007 3:53 PM

Christmas on Halloween!

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | October 31, 2007 5:44 PM

Is sex between 2 guys free speech?

Posted by law | November 1, 2007 10:56 AM

I think Richard Curtis has tipped the balance. GOP is now much more describable as the Gay Old Party. BAM!!!

Posted by DevlinBack | November 2, 2007 1:32 PM

Open letter to the Republican Party:

The Republican Party is a national embarrassment when it comes to issues of sexual orientation. The party consistently opposes hate crimes legislation, domestic partnership, gay marriage and antidiscrimination laws protecting gay, lesbian and transgendered citizens. Yet, members of your party continue to be caught in compromising gay situations, including, but not limited to, Larry Craig, Jim West and now Richard Curtis. Sadder yet, not only do these homophobic men have gay sex but they compound the deception by lying about it and their orientation. Then, hypocritically, they continually and consistently vote against any and all legislation concerning positive and supportive gay issues along with the rest of your ilk.

When will your party truly become inclusive and supportive of all our citizens? Certainly never as long as the religious right maintains its stranglehold on your party. I am anxiously awaiting the 2008 elections when we will reelect a Democratic governor, turn out enough Republicans to capture veto-proof houses in Congress and elect a Democrat to the presidency. You continue to shoot yourselves in the foot. I must say that I am very happy to see it happen.

And, oh yes, please continue to encourage men like these to deny that they are gay. We do not want these lying, hypocritical, self-hating jerks to be a part of our community.

Posted by Dave | November 4, 2007 10:53 PM

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