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September 01, 2007 04:09 PM UTC

Scratch Yet Another GOP Closet Case

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Associated Press reports:

Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig will resign today from the Senate amid a furor over his arrest and guilty plea in a police sex sting in an airport men’s room, Republican officials said Friday.

Craig will announce at a news conference in Boise this morning that he will resign effective Sept. 30, four state GOP officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The announcement follows by just four days the disclosure that he had pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to a reduced misdemeanor charge arising out of his arrest June 11 at the Minneapolis airport.

The three-term Republican senator had maintained that he did nothing wrong except for making the guilty plea without consulting a lawyer. But he found almost no support among Republicans in his home state or Washington.

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29 thoughts on “Scratch Yet Another GOP Closet Case

  1.   The political blog “The Fix” in the Washington Post had a posting about some of the conservative Republicans who will likely be outed between now and Nov. ’08.
      Apparently Mike Rogers is the guy in charge of outing homophobic closet cases in the GOP.
      In addition to the usual suspects on the list of upcoming outtings (David Drier, Ken Melman and Charlie Crist) are a couple of surprises (Lindsey Graham, and the big surprise for me, Mitch McConnell).
      I trust that they will wait until after Kentucky’s corrupt incumbent Republican Governor is defeated this Nov. and his Democratic replacement is sworn in before they bring down McConnell.
      Ahhh, so many hypocritical bigots, so little time……

      1. that LA has a Democratic governor who would presumably appoint a Dem if Vitter resigned. See, it’s forgivable when your seat might go to the other guys if you vacated it…

        1. ….and apparently such conduct is not unheard of for U.S. Reps.  They’ve also made the distinction that Vitter was not prosecuted where Craig was prosecuted and convicted. 
            But Ari hit the nail right on the head:  it’s forgivable if your seat might go to the other if vacated!

          1. and drop the fiction that the GOP is the party of superior morality and family values. If they just admitted that conservatives are no less likely to be gay, divorced, adulterous, or ethics challenged than moderates or liberals they wouldn’t be having to put out these fires every 15 minutes. 

            Of course, without relying on the gay-bashing and sanctimony, what else does the party that fights exclusively for the top fraction of a percent have to offer the 90% of the population, including most Republicans, who are sinking as fast as the tiny wealth and power elite are rising. Even  most of the top 10%, outside the very top, aren’t  getting much of the benefit.

            They need to demonize Dems to have anything to offer but that also means they’d better do a MUCH better job of being discreet hypocrites, not blatant ones. 

      2. Dan Crane (R-IL) lost his seat over hetrosexual adultry but the same year Gerry Studds (D-MA) crossed the line with a male page and he was re-elected until he retired.
        I think it’s safe to say it has more to do with what voters are willing to tolerate, how strong the offender’s party is at the moment, and the particular circumstances.
        Craig hid his offense for months, gave a defense so implausible it’s difficult not to laugh and impossible not to feel your intelligence has been insulted for being expected to believe it, and has a wretched record on gay rights.

    1. ..Who will be my guv in a little over a month….

      He struck me before the election, and what I’ve seen after, as a “good” Republican, breaking ranks when needed from the stifling neocon program.

      OK, so he’s gay; we could do worse, for sure.

  2. Back in the day, a gentleman never told and the media had the good sense not to ask. Of course, that understanding regarded hetero-, not homo- liasions. I think it was a LA politician who noted “… with a dead woman or a live boy.”

    Romney has no appreciation for what friendship means. It’s not all about what your friends can do for you. I believe he is running for the Presidency of the Mormon Nation. And he’s trying to rope the religious right into his corral.

    Craig, who committed no real offense, and who was Romney’s guy in the Senate and his Idaho chairman, was thrown under the bus by Romney before all the others piled on.

    Want to talk about what’s important in politics? Friendship. You never screw your friends.

    Romney’s sons and I imagine all other strapping young men of like mind and of that age are showing their commitment to defending America by their missions and thier efforts on behalf of “Mitt”.

    Romney has no soul.

    1.   That’s okay…..My favorite GOP presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani, threw his senatorial pervert supporter, David Vitter, under the bus as well. 
        And then you have John McCain throwing his Florida state legislative pervert supporter, Bob Allen, under the bus too.
        The bodies are starting to pile up under the Republican Party campaign ’08 bus!

    2. C’mon, the guy PLED GUILTY to a rather disgusting public crime. (I frankly don’t care what gender was involved…) I think about the last time I visited an airport restroom with my little boy.

      Craig is a lawyer. He had two months to consider what to do before pleading guilty. His alibi about “picking up a piece of paper” was about the stupidest thing I ever heard: WHAT paper? His marriage certificate? Nobody picks up stray bits of paper off the restroom floor.

      I’m no Romney fan, but as soon as word came out that Craig had pled guilty, Romney was justified and right in dropping Craig like a hot potato.

  3. One part women don’t get about this – a guy would never never ever touch the foot of another guy in a restroom. Totally different from how women handle it – guys don’t talk, look at each other, etc in a bathroom.

    To a guy his actions are  clearly way beyond the norm. But to a woman not anywhere as big a deal.

    1. Did you see meet the press a week or two ago with Karl Rove?  They showed a clip of him as the president of the young republicans, he was quite dreamy even though I am hetro.

          1. that was posted with the link, but I clicked anyway. I understand why Pols removed it, but I wasn’t offended that it was posted to begin with. The photo had freak show written all over it.

  4. From the Oregonian:

    In the Senate, [Larry]Craig has been known as a legislative tactician who fought to increase timber harvests, limit fish protection and block several wilderness proposals.

    “It will be a big loss,” said Tim Wigley, who frequently represents timber clients as the head of the Washington, D.C., office of Pac/West Communications, a Wilsonville-based consulting firm…

    “If I was the industry, I would be very nervous,” said Steve Pedery of Oregon Wild. “He was one of the last of the unreformed timber guys.”

    http://www.oregonliv

    “Take the only tree that’s left
    and stuff it up the hole
    in your culture” —
    Leonard Cohen 

    1. …probably the only man I am jealous of.  What creativity!

      My favorite quote from him:

      Ring the bells that still can ring
      Forget the perfect offering
      There is a crack in everything
      That’s how the light gets in  —  Leonard Cohen

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