Monday, August 27, 2007

Senator from Idaho pleads guilty to gay solicitation charge at Minneapolis airport

Idaho senator pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:30PM EDT

By JoAnne Allen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican senator confirmed on Monday that he
pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of disorderly conduct
after he was arrested at a Minnesota airport.

Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho was arrested in June by a plainclothes police
officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in the men's public
toilet at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Capitol
Hill newspaper Roll Call reported.

In a carefully worded statement, Craig made no mention of the incident
that prompted his arrest or the charges brought against him.

"At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were
misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate
conduct," Craig said in a statement.

"I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In
hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this
matter myself quickly and expeditiously."

Craig pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct on August 8 and
paid more than $500 in fines and fees. He also was given one year of
probation, Roll Call reported.

According to the police report, Craig entered a bathroom stall next to
the investigator, placed his bag against the front of the door and
tapped his foot in a signal commonly used to try to pick up men in
public toilets.

"I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd
conduct," Roll Call wrote, quoting the investigator in the police
incident report.

Craig, a married father of three, is in his third term and up for
re-election next year. He is a former chairman of the Republican Policy
Committee, the No. 4 leadership position in the Senate.

With a close margin, Democrats effectively have a 51-49 majority in the
U.S. Senate.

In a June 2006 Senate vote, Craig voted in favor of an amendment to the
Constitution to define marriage in the United States as a union between
one man and one woman. The amendment was defeated by one vote.

A gay rights activist claimed in a Web log in October last year that
Craig had had several gay relationships. The senator's office denied it,
telling the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington that the
allegations were "completely ridiculous" and had "no basis in fact."


David said...

Senator Craig is not LDS.

The other Senator from Idaho, Senator Crapo is LDS.

CB said...

Thanks for the info.

Here is a site that verifies this.

I'll modify the title of this post to reflect that he is not LDS.

- CB