Roll Call has uncovered a very indelicate matter involving right-wing Senator Larry Craig (R) of Idaho. He faced charges arising out of an arrest in a Minneapolis airport mens’ room in June. CNN says Craig made obscene hand gestures signifying purient intent to a plainclothes police officer in the next cubicle. The Senator pled guilty to disorderly conduct charges, which seem quite out-of-place unless there was a plea deal to keep the Senator out of the sex offender registry.
His statement on the matter raises more questions than answers, which means the story will take some time to play out. Here’s what the Washington Post is reporting: Craig said in a statement issued by his office that he was not involved in any inappropriate conduct.
“At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions,” he said. “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.”
It is difficult to imagine a fact pattern that does not support the inference that Senator Craig is a closet homosexual. Yet Craig has consistently voted against fairness and equality for GLBT people throughout his career in public office. Hypocrisy is proving to be a very risky business these days; maybe Sentor Vitter can console Senator Craig.