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Denial Is Not a River in Idaho

Posted on Aug 28, 2007
Larry Craig
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Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is working hard to disabuse the press and public of the notion that he has solicited or engaged in sexual activity with men, either at the Minneapolis airport or on other rumored occasions.  Regardless of the veracity of said rumors, Editor & Publisher wonders how the media missed the news of his Minnesota arrest almost three months ago.

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Republican leaders also are “examining other aspects of the case to see if additional action is required,” Sen. Mitch McConnell and other top GOP lawmakers said in a written statement obtained by The Associated Press.

They released the statement shortly before Craig’s scheduled appearance before television cameras in Boise, his first public comments since confirming his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Craig entered his plea several weeks after an undercover police officer in Minneapolis arrested him and filed a complaint that said the three-term senator had engaged in actions “often used by persons communicating a desire to engage in sexual conduct.”

The bathroom incident in the Minneapolis airport occurred on June 11. Craig signed his plea papers on Aug. 1, and word of the events surfaced on Monday. The senator issued a statement Monday night that said, “In hindsight, I should have pled not guilty.”

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By farmertx, August 29, 2007 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

I was talking with some guys here in East Texas about this latest manifestation of GOP family values when a lock step Republican said that things must be pretty sad when all I had to talk about was public bathrooms.
No, I wasn’t talking about public bathrooms, just what the GOP perverts do in those bathrooms.
Evidently he heard his momma calling, cause he walked off.

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By John, August 29, 2007 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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Sexual preference is one thing but soliciting for sex in a public bathroom is very much another, unisex or not.
In my opinion this guy is a dirt ball and an obvious liar. He does not deserve to be a representative of the people.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, August 29, 2007 at 6:20 am Link to this comment
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Ah American ingenuity there is already on the market a Larry Craig’s wide stance potty trainer.
His and His twin stalls for installation in any home to get that Airport excitement.
The hottest toy for Christmas is the Tickle Me Larry Doll where the tickling is done in some strange areas.You tickle and the doll says I am not gay.
Lastly it sounds like you have to learn to do the hokey pokey to have sex in a public bathroom with another guy.You take a look in and you pull back.You put your foot under the stall and you pull back you swing it all around and that’s what it’s all about.

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By Frostedflakes, August 29, 2007 at 6:16 am Link to this comment

Another fox sheds it’s sheep’s clothing.

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By Outraged, August 29, 2007 at 1:58 am Link to this comment

I’m pretty sure Denial is a river in Idaho, I’ve been through there and I believe it’s right next to Mount Fullofshit.

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By kevin99999, August 28, 2007 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment
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Corporate media does not report on misdeeds by right wing politicians.

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By spidey, August 28, 2007 at 10:27 pm Link to this comment

A U.S Senator hiding deep in the closet is wide open to blackmail and coercion. That’s why his sexual preferences are in the public domain.

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By Frank Cajon, August 28, 2007 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

I think this man’s sexual preference and behavior in his own bedroom are no one else’s business. However, outside of it, I think it behooves him to show some tolerance for alternative sexual preferences, which my understanding of his voting record and public image would seem to make him appear quite the hypocrite.
I am not a proponent of either party, but what is it with all of the closet gay Republicans who can’t keep it in their pants? Nothing against keeping your sex preference to yourself, but this getting caught trying to score with adolescent pages and trying to hook up in bathrooms is getting to be a pattern. It reminds me in a sordid way of Clinton’s misbehaviors with his mistresses in the late ‘90s.

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By Goffredo, August 28, 2007 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment

I love it when the “I’m not gay” part comes out.  Sort of like when a billion dollar athlete signs a contract with another team for twice the salary and then says, “it wasn’t about the money.”

Sen. Craig once again proves what intellectual adults (democrats) already know: homosexuality is not a choice.

Joke of the day: What is the difference between Minnesota and Idaho? 

When Senator Craig is in Idaho, Moosehead is a beer.  When he’s in Minnesota, it’s a misdemeanor.

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By Debra Istvanik-Strotman, August 28, 2007 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

Senator Larry Craig is at it again. In the eighties a page said, “Larry Craig invited 15-20 pages to a party, plied them with alcohol and cocaine. Funny thing is when the story came out the name of the senator was never mentioned…How does that happen, but today we are being told it was Sen. Craig.
So here we go again with “The good ole boy’s,” from the repubican party, just doing a little cocaine and soliciting sex from other men and boys.

This behavior must be acceptable to republicans since it is repeated over and over again. Yet Clinton had sex with a willing woman and doesn’t want his wife to know and denies it publicly, gets impeached for lying. Aside from the fact that only a fool would admit publicly he cheated on his wife when he doesn’t want to leave,
it was not anyone’s business but Bill, Hillary, and Monica’s to workout.

Consenting sex is impeachable, starting illegal wars, lying to the american people, A-o.k. with the morally up-tight republicans. Soliciting pages, picking up men in bathrooms, A-o.k..

As Judge Judy says, “An Innocent person does not plead guilty.”

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By Michael Gass, August 28, 2007 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment
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Having read parts of the police report that were released, there are some things that should be brought out.

First, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and interference with privacy.  I am not familiar with the laws/ordinances that govern Minneapolis.  I do know that disorderly conduct is charged by law enforcement when they have no other charge.  Why?  Because it is so broad, vague, and easily charged.  In South Carolina, disorderly conduct consists of using profane language, being drunk in public and being loud and boistrous in public.  I would bet Sen. Craig was none of these.  But, invading privacy?  Yes, if he peeped into the stall.

However, Sen. Craig pleaded guilty to the charges. 


The simple answer is that he knew what he was there for (homosexual anonymous sex) and didn’t want to fight any other charge that could have been worse.

It is only NOW, when there are political ramifications as the story got out, that he is NOW trying to fight the claims.

Guilty… on all counts.

He’s just another hypocritical Republican who screams one thing and does another…

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By QuyTran, August 28, 2007 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

GOP has very few good men !

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By Seattle Undertaker, August 28, 2007 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

As delicious as it is to see hypocrites like Larry Craig, Bob Allen, Ted Haggard, and Tim McGreevy squirm, one has to reserve a certain amount of pity - and disdain - for their wives. Pity because their lives are torn apart by the lies of their husbands. Disdain because they continue to be complicit in the myth that their husbands are straight.

When will we hear the voices of women like Suzanne Craig, Dina McGreevey, Beth Allen, and Gayle Haggard raised in furious righteousness against the conservative nonsense that gay men can be straightened out if only they would marry straight women? When will they speak out in behalf of their daughters and sisters to insist that gay men be given full rights in our society - if only to spare their loved ones the misery of a sexless marriage to a gay man?  Until they speak out, these women are as guilty as their husbands of living a lie - if not before, than at least since their husbands’ peccadilloes became public.

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By farmertx, August 28, 2007 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

Re:#97340 by Jason on 8/28 at 3:37 pm
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Uhh…read the article?
Don’t know about you, but I’ve never been in a restroom where I made contact with another person, let alone waved at someone from under a partition.
While not totally overt sex acts, they ain’t normal neither.
The amazing thing to me is that in this day and age, with all the instant attention such things attract, is why do these perverts keep at it?
Granted a 3 month delay ain’t exactly instant, but watch the MSM now.

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By Minneapolis John, August 28, 2007 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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Ah cum on Larry ....
That’s not what you told me last time you were thru here!
Now we will probably not see each other again will we big boy?
I remember when you crawled under the stall, man,  just to—you know. You’re so hot!
Don’t worry Larry dear. I won’t post the picture you gave me of you fucking a buffalo.
We should discuss why you have sent all those nice young boys to Iraq though (you big prick you).

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By dick, August 28, 2007 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment
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Guilty and stupid, but how did it get covered up for 3 months??

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By mongo, August 28, 2007 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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let’s not forget about the arresting officer who is well versed in these issues and has been exposed to them…why would an officer target this dirt bag???

he was doing what he was trained to do. then again, how many times have you been in a public toilet and put your foot/dick on the other side of the wall by mistake????

maybe the officer works for the Democratic party…

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By PatrickHenry, August 28, 2007 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

Looks like a new seat is opening up in Idaho.

The Republicans are going to get kicked out of alot of seats next election and if the Democrats don’t get us out of Iraq soon and quit the provocative rhetoric against Iran, they’ll be turning over seats too.

Then again, until we fix the thousands of voting machines, they will keep winning no matter who we vote for.

No incumbents.

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By J. Jimenez, August 28, 2007 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment
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The Puritan tradition of this nation lives on and is on exhibit in the form of the hypocritical behavior on the part of elected officials.
The Republicans just happen to be more hypocritical than the Demos by their stance on moral values.

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By Mar Del Zur, August 28, 2007 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

I’m sorry, but if you are accused of something like that, and are innocent, you will be SCREAMING about your innocence, not pleading guilty and paying a fine real quiet-like.

Another right-wing hypocrite liar.

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By Jason, August 28, 2007 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment

The hypocrisy is always an issue of course, but I wonder what action he performed to signal that he wanted sex, and if it’s really all that bad?

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By GB, August 28, 2007 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s watch to see FOX Noise and CNN put a (D) in front of the senator’s name when they report this as they always do when their Bush boot lickers are embarrassed to try and make it look like Craig is a Democrat. Let the hypocricy and smoke screens continue. When are Americans who keep voting for these Rebublican losers going to see these holier-than-thou corrupt idiots for who they really are? Our society will constently blow millions of dollars and legislative time on wasted efforts to marginalize certain groups among us when we could be so much stronger by admitting that every citizen in this country has the same rights and now let’s go forward.

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By farmertx, August 28, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment

Gotta love the Republican’s version of Family Values in action.
Solicit strange guys for sex or young pages for sex.
Leave your wife who has cancer so you can be with another woman. Or just leave her for another woman.
But get a blow job from a willing grown woman and not want to admit it to the world and that is grounds for impeachment.
Do any of the others and that is just being a guy. Jeez.

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By dick, August 28, 2007 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment
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Guilty and stupid, but how did it get covered up?

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