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Sen. Larry Craig Caught Cruising Men’s Room

It’s getting so I can’t keep up anymore. But kudos to Mike Rogers of BlogActive for being right all along. Again. Mike was has been telling us for while now about Craig being a closet case. But who’d have thought that the Senator would flame out in Foley-like fasion? And in a public restroom, no less?

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.

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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.

It gets worse. Or better, depending on your outlook.

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“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 moves 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.Free Image Hosting at allyoucanupload.com

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.”

(That’s Craig in the middle there, by the way, sandwiched between Trent Lott and John Ashcroft. I just thought this was an appropriate picture to go with this post.)

It goes on from there. Craig claimed he was reaching for piece of paper on the floor. The cop says there was no paper on the floor. So, Craig may have been reaching for something, but it wasn’t paper, though it may begin with the same letter. And, anyway, Craig entered a guilty plea.

On Aug. 8, the day he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the Minnesota court, Craig appeared via satellite at a ceremony that took place in Idaho in which former Idaho federal Judge Randy Smith was invested into his new position as a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In October 2006, Craig’s office publicly denied allegations that he was a homosexual made on a gay activist Web site — blogactive.com. Craig’s office told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the charge was “completely ridiculous,” saying that the allegations had “no basis in fact.”

Which makes me wonder why we’re just hearing about this now, considering what we’ve heard from Craig before.

It also brings to mind the same question as the Foley scandal. What was this guy thinking? That a U.S. Senator — let along a conservative Republican Senator — could cruise public bathrooms without eventually having that news go public? As with the Foley scandal, it just confirms my long-held suspicion that being in the closet addles the brain.

If you hide your body inside a twisted hole for years, it will become twisted. If you hide your mind inside a twisted hole for years, it will become twisted. If you hide your soul inside a twisted hole for years, it will become twisted. You don’t have to be GLBT to understand that a mind, body and soul cannot live life inside a twisted hole.

If you want people to walk upright and straight, so to speak, you cannot cram them – any part of them – into a twisted hole. Your GLBT neighbor is your sister, your brother. If we forget their humanity, may humanity forget us, until we return to humanity.

I’d advise Craig to check that out.

I’d also advise him to stay out of Fort Lauderdale.

9 Comments

  1. I am fascinated by the cultural differences between generations. There is this whole culture of sneaking around bathrooms and parks and secret hand signals that I never was exposed too (and quite frankly don’t want to experience). I don’t know one person my age (35) or younger that does this. So it still blows my mind every time this happens and that it happens to a sitting senator. Than again our representatives are not elected for their intelligence.

  2. I would like to say thank you for publicizing LGBT hate crimes. The more I read, the more I realize that so much is being looked over without a care in the world. So much VERY WRONG stuff. So thank you for hbeing one more source of information.

  3. Peace, Terrance, and thanks for the link.

    Putting on my lawyer hat, what I find most interesting is that twenty minutes or not much longer after pleading guilty, it seems, Team Craig was braying about how he regrets his guilty plea and denies his guilt. I don’t know Minnesota law or procedure, but in Maryland, if you plead guilty to an offense carrying jail, you have to state in a guilty plea litany that you are pleading guilty because you are, in fact, guilty. Otherwise, it gets thrown out and you stand trial.

    It seems to me that had he stood trial, he might perhaps have had a decent chance of getting a not guilty. Somebody tapping his foot? Sounds iffy. I don’t claim to know these things but for a prostitution case, soliciting a swap of money for sex has to be pretty clear. Point being, he could have stood trial. Who was his lawyer – that’s what I want to know.

  4. It seems to me that had he stood trial, he might perhaps have had a decent chance of getting a not guilty. Somebody tapping his foot? Sounds iffy. I don’t claim to know these things but for a prostitution case, soliciting a swap of money for sex has to be pretty clear. Point being, he could have stood trial. Who was his lawyer – that’s what I want to know.

    Ah, but there would be no exchange of money here. Cruising is something different from prostitution. In fact, there may be little to no verbal communications between participants. So the only”confirmation” would, in effect, be consummation.

    The other thing, he could have gone to trial and gotten a not guilty. But could he have entered a guilty plea because he knew what else might come up in the course of a trial? If not in court then in the press as the trial was going on?

  5. You are right, being in the closet does effect one’s brain. At an early age it causes a division, a split in who one is. And as time goes on the split erodes every aspect of who a man is.

    He can be helped but the road is a long and hard one. Ironically, I am split too, as I work with men like this professionally. On one hand I feel the pain he is in. However, his disgusting use, and abuse of power, disgusts me. Who knows how he has used his power over the decades to take advantage of unknowing boys and men who needed his help?

  6. Someone made a good point on another blog and that was, why is it a crime to ask another adult for consensual sex? I know that the man is a closeted hypocrite who is creating an environment where being openly gay is considered “lewd” but what did he actually do? He asked another man to have anonymous sex. Is that really crime worthy?

  7. I generally agree that it isn’t crime worthy to -ask- for anonymous sex in an airport bathroom (or anywhere else for that matter). However – I think it is crime -having- anonymous sex in an airport bathroom. So if this is a problem in the Mpls-StP airport – how does the airport respond to this issue? Personally I don’t see why shame isn’t a tactic here.

    a) man propositions officer
    b) officer pulls badge
    c) officer says “don’t do that here”
    d) man leaves in a fit of shame

    Then again – that may be overly optimistic especially since fines levied go to the airport.

    Its worth noting that the Mpls-StP airport has its own police force separate from the surrounding city and county. And they are known for their secrecy.

  8. “Craig claimed he was reaching for piece of paper on the floor. The cop says there was no paper on the floor. So, Craig may have been reaching for something, but it wasn’t paper, though it may begin with the same letter.”

    Okay, I maybe totally stupid, but what starts with a “P” that Sen. Craig could have been searching for? If it is unprintable, maybe another clue might help.

  9. well certainly senator craig just did his part being honest with himself is not a crime afterall he must be called a good example for those other gay-man pretending to be a man whereinfact not should come out in the open and be proud,for this incident i must say that there is nothing wrong if he tapped his foot and look for lewd call of nature, craig is just human just like us, why this consider a crime, craig has a legal rights to spill out his real identity. to kill is consider a crime and rape as well, but tapping foot signing a lews indescent may easily result self restrainment. senator craig i am proud of you.keep up

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