Ultra-Rightwing Sen. Larry Craig Sentenced for Lewd Behavior in Airport Men’s Room

Are any Republicans really heterosexual? Now we learn that Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June by a plainclothes cop who was investigating lewd conduct in the men’s room at a Minneapolis airport.

According to a report in Roll Call earlier this year, Craig was sending signals in the men’s room that he was seeking a sexual encounter:

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.

“My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall,” Karsnia stated in his report. “From my seated position, I could observe the shoes and ankles of Craig seated to the left of me.”

Craig was wearing dress pants with black dress shoes.

“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 moved 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.”

In a recorded interview after his arrest, Craig “either disagreed with me or ‘didn’t recall’ the events as they happened,” the report states.

Craig pleaded guilty on August 8 to a disorderly conduct charge. The court dismissed the charge of gross misdemeanor.

Last year, gay activist Mike Rogers outed Craig, but the senator denied he is gay.


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  • Buzz
    August 27, 2007 - 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m an Idahoan, and we’ve known for years that Senator Craig is gay. Farmers know it, business men and women know it; everyone knows it, he’s known as “Idaho’s gay Senator.” But he’s untouchable when it comes to the media — even after he’s arrested for lewd conduct. On the local news tonight, the anchor made sure he emphasized “alleged” many times, and made the report sound like the police said this thing which wasn’t true. The news also buried the report, calling it today’s lead story, but they didn’t get around to reporting on it until the 3rd commercial break.

    Once again, we see an ultra – conservative arrested for lewd conduct. Here’s what we know for a fact.
    1) Senator Craig openly admits that he is so inept, that he pleads guilty to something he says he didn’t do. I, for one, demand a slightly higher IQ for my state’s Senator.
    2) He hides the charge for over 2 months. Like other conservative politicians, Craig will say and do anything to further his own interests, including deceiving the public he serves.
    3) He refused to talk about it. If he’s so innocent, then hold a press conference, and let the public know the “facts.” In Craig’s case, he’s refused all interviews and is only issuing a canned statement.

    And like other conservatives who get in trouble, he will continue to deny any wrongdoing, he will continue to live a lie while claiming to have the moral superiority and authority to speak for the people of Idaho.

    This is one Idahoan who hopes he keeps his job long enough for a democrat to take his post in the coming elections. May more Senator Craig’s get arrested!

  • Duh
    August 31, 2007 - 5:27 am | Permalink

    I’d just like to say that as a heterosexual male, it would be nice to be able to take a SHIT in PEACE. This is why it’s against the law to engage in lewd behavior in public. Interesting that when I was at the University of Arizona, they removed my postings on the public bulletin board asking for better enforcement of the law in the restrooms at the main library. Guess I was just a homophobe. But apparently it’s enforced in other places. Seriously… why can’t a guy take a shit in peace without some weirdo shoving his faggoty foot into my stall.

  • Madison
    August 31, 2007 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Well, Duh, in the future, just avoid hanging around in the men’s rooms at gay bars.

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