Idaho GOP Hires Larry Craig, The Anti-Gay Senator Arrested For Soliciting Gay Sex

Almost everyone who keeps up with anti-gay republicans caught engaging in gay sex remembers Larry Craig, the senator who repeatedly voted against LGBT rights, but was then caught toe-tapping in an airport bathroom. In case you don’t, here is a refresher.

Remember Larry Craig, the politician who was caught toe-tapping in an airport restroom and mishandling campaign funds? He is now the Idaho GOP's financial chair. Image: Dept. of Corrections Mugshot

Remember Larry Craig, the politician who was caught toe-tapping in an airport restroom and mishandling campaign funds? He is now the Idaho GOP’s financial chair.
Image: Dept. of Corrections Mugshot

In June 2007, Larry Craig was arrested in Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport for allegedly soliciting sex in a men’s room from a man who happened to be an undercover cop, Sergeant Dave Karsnia. In Karsnia’s arrest report, it is said that Craig tried to explain away his peering through cracks between stalls and nudging the officer’s foot in a most ridiculous manner:

Craig stated … He has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine.”to explain why he had tapped on a bathroom stall and peeked through the side several times.

As if all of this wasn’t bad enough, Craig was caught using campaign funds illegally to finance his own defense in this case. In order to keep it quiet, he pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lewd conduct. However, this did not work.

In August 2007, the story became public, and it seemed that Craig’s political career was over. Since leaving the Idaho Senate, he has been working for the timber and energy lobby through his consulting firm. However, it seems that he is back to being a politician, as the Idaho Republican party has recently named him the financial chair for their executive committee.

This is a most interesting development considering the fact that, as late as January of this year, the Federal Election Commission has been continuing to attempt to hold Craig responsible for the misuse of campaign funds in the sex scandal. FEC attorney Kevin Hancock said in a 43-page filing regarding the matter:

Craig and his campaign ignored admonitory language in FEC guidance indicating their spending would be illegal, and they now admit that they did not ask for their own advisory opinion because they were concerned the commission might say no.Instead, defendants spent the campaign funds, and they continued even after the Senate Ethics Committee warned them they were likely violating” the Federal Election Campaign Act.

So, this is the man the Idaho GOP is putting in charge of their money. Good luck with that one, folks. You’ll need it.

Of course, Craig’s lawyer has an answer for everything. Regarding the way the money was spent, he says:

Not only was the trip itself constitutionally required, but Senate rules sanction reimbursement for any cost relating to a senator’s use of a bathroom while on official travel.

Sorry, sir, but I don’t think “use of a bathroom” stretches to getting arrested for soliciting anonymous airport sex. Larry Craig is a liar, a cheat, and a hypocritical closet case. He’ll fit right in with the GOP, I’m sure.

h/t: Crooks and Liars