ID: GOP Senator Arrested For Lewd Conduct (UPDATED)

Just when you thought things could not get weirder in Washington (and worse for the Republican Party), there is this story being reported by Roll Call.

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.

Craig’s arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.

A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a “he said/he said misunderstanding,” and said the office would release a fuller statement later Monday afternoon.

So he pleads guilty, but claims it is a “he said/he said” misunderstanding? You can read the whole article, but check out this passage from the article.

“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.

“My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall,” Karsnia stated in his report. “From my seated position, I could observe the shoes and ankles of Craig seated to the left of me.”

Craig was wearing dress pants with black dress shoes.

“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.

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.”

Good grief. if this report is true (and keep in mind that Craig already pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct in conjunction with this incident, how does he possibly survive?

This is borderline unreal…300 million people in this country and we end with people like this in the United States Senate….

UPDATED (6:48pm): This is only going to get worse. Mitt Romney’s campaign has already moved and dropped any mention of Larry Craig from their website, according to the Politico….

Posted by Dave at 5:48 pm
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65 Responses to “ID: GOP Senator Arrested For Lewd Conduct (UPDATED)”

  1. lisab says:

    well … if you can’t be openly gay you have to expect that it will express itself in unfortunate ways …

    from the ring on his finger i take it he is married?

    in this day it is ashame he still needs a beard

  2. Tim says:

    I just saw this on tv. Absolutely unreal. And, once again, one of our major political parties will pay for the actions of one. Unfortunate, because we have more pressing things to talk about.
    But, for the next few days, this will dominate the news.

  3. Andrew in NH says:

    If Senator Craig’s spokesperson said the incident was a “he said/he said misunderstanding”, why did the senator plead guilty? Bizarre…

  4. Tim says:

    Well, I have been surfing some of the stories that are coming out. And unfortunately, Senator Craig has been accused of doing this type of thing before. There are stories now surfacing of encounters he had in Union Station, among other places.
    And, according to many, it is an open secret in Washington, D.C. that the Senator has been engaging in things like this for at least 25 years.
    Really bad stuff. This is gonna get ugly for a few days, I am afraid.
    I really hate that things like this happen.

  5. Cory says:

    It should only take a day or two for the press to start digging through his old quotes to find instances where he disparages homosexuality.

    There are enough of these hypocrites now, they could form their own party. If they just keep talking about how bad homosexuality is, maybe it will help control that pesky desire to have sex with men…

  6. lisab says:


    he is married

  7. lisab says:

    and in a singing group with trent lott

  8. lisab says:

    um … actually, other than his sexuality …

    does anyone know if he is a good senator?

    barney frank was in a somewhat similar situation and he survived because his constituents like him

  9. Tina says:

    This is another blow to the Republicans. They are literally out of control in the House and the Senate. This reminds me of the lead up to the 2006 midterm. More scandal after scandal.

  10. Wes says:

    Still think they have any chance of winnign next year, Tina?

  11. Cory says:

    I don’t know lisa…in one case it was openly-gay Barney Frank kicking out his boyfriend after he found out he was running an escort service from his apartment. And it was the people of the fourth district of Massachusetts who forgave him.

    In this case it’s married, closeted-homosexual Larry Craig trolling for anonymous gay sex in public washrooms. And it’s the people of the state of Idaho he’ll be asking for forgiveness.

    Somehow I can’t see those situations turning out too similarly.

  12. Tina says:

    Wes – the Presidency may be a toss up right now. For the Congress, no chance at all.

    Are you still in trouble at PP site. 🙂

  13. Wes says:

    I never knew I was in trouble there in the first place. I’d hardly say the presidency’s a tossup. It looks pretty gone to me now.

  14. Tina says:


    I would bet my 15,000 square foot house that the D nominee for the Presidency will win CA, HI, WA, Oregon, NY, and NJ.

  15. Wes says:

    I’m willing to bet the Dem will add Colorado, Ohio, and Iowa to all Kerry’s states for a 288-250 victory, Tina. Care to take me up on that?

  16. Tina says:

    Somebody there was name calling you the other day – so I’m just making a joke about it.

    Wes – its way too early. A lot can change.

  17. Tina says:

    Colorado – no – but Ohio and Iowa are probably lost.

  18. Wes says:

    Why do you disagree about Colorado, Tina? Have you been paying attention to the asskicking the Republicans have been takign there ever since 2004?

  19. Tina says:

    According to the Rasmussen poll, Guiliani is up by 8 points over Hillary in that state.

    Again, its way too early. I read your thoughts about it at the other site.

  20. Wes says:

    People can namecall me all they like on here. While they’re gettign their jollies out of playing cyberbully, I’m loving playing guitar in my death metal band, sleeping in my spacious house on the Outer Bankc of NC, and waking up every morning next to my gorgeous, buxom blonde Wife. As you can see, I really have reason to care what the cybertrolls think.

  21. Wes says:

    Giuliani may be up now, but the GOP looked guaranteed to win the Senate race in 2004 this time in 2003 and had a slight lead over Ritter in 2005 at this time. We all know how that worked out.

  22. Tina says:


    I agree with you about the name calling and don’t even care anymore. Although we probably disagreed here and over there, its not even worth it to get into the name calling.

  23. Wes says:

    To call names over simple disagreements shows perilously little self-confidence. You’d never guess a confirmed metalhead would have that kind of vocabulary, would you?

  24. Tina says:

    No, I always thought that you were a respected Southern Gentleman from North Carolina. 🙂

    If I’m wrong about where you reside at, then sorry in advance.

  25. Wes says:

    I am from North Carolina. I’ve lived in several other states though. As far as being a gentleman, I try to take on the badboy moniker. Before I met my Wife, it was always easier to coax women into bed as a bad boy than as a prim, proper (and bland) gentleman. I do make sure Sarah is aware of my devotion to Her though.

  26. lisab says:


    is “perilously” modifying “shows” or “little” …

    “shows perilously”


    “perilously little”?

  27. Tina says:

    Lol, Wes.

    I now think that Craig should resign. Sorry, I just read the stuff on him a few momemnts ago even though this broke earlier today.

  28. Wes says:

    It’s supposed to be “perilously little”, Lisa. Had I meant the adverb to modify the verb, then I would have said “perilously shows.”

  29. Wes says:

    I agree Craig should resign. I see you don’t disagree with my assessment of how successful men should have women perceive them, Tina.

  30. lisab says:

    just checking … yes, and impressive use of language for a confirmed metalhead

  31. lisab says:

    “and impressive use ”

    should be

    “an impressive use ” 🙂

  32. Tina says:

    Wes, you did make me laugh with your metalhead remarks.

  33. Wes says:

    Thanks, Lisa. Three years of college and a Bachelor’s degree paid off in some way, I guess.

  34. lisab says:

    so you more metallica than morrisette? and fiona apple is definately out?

  35. Tina says:

    Lisab – are you now trying to pick up on Wes? Did you move on from Tim. 🙂

  36. Wes says:

    I aim to please–well, most of the time anyway–Tina.

  37. Wes says:

    I like Metallica on their first three albums. I go for harder music though like Black Label Society, Cannibal Corpse, and Judas Priest.

  38. Tina says:

    At times, I think this site should be a dating one.

  39. lisab says:


    stop it, i have to eat now … i like to think pleasant thoughts while enjoying the evening …

  40. Wes says:

    It wouldn’t be wise for her to try to pick me up, Tina. My Wife’s a Cop and a former Marine. She’s also very possessive.

  41. Wes says:

    Anyway, ladies, it’s been a pleasure. Time to spend time with my Beloved though. Have a great night.

  42. lisab says:

    gun’s and roses … good metal band or just a bunch of guys in tight pants?

  43. Tim says:

    Huh? Wes? Guitarist? Metalhead? Hmm. I have a couple of albums by…
    No, I won’t say it. Privacy is a good thing.

  44. Tim says:

    Wait. Me with Lisa? There is not enough alcohol in this County.

  45. Tina says:

    I thought that was one of the reasons you’re vacationing in Illinois. 🙂

    Bye Wes.

    Lisab – eat slowly and chew.

  46. Tim says:

    Nah. If I was chasing women on here, I’d vacation in Northern California. LOL

  47. Tim says:

    By the way, this gets wierder. Now, Senator Craig has issued a statement saying that he did nothing wrong. He said his guilty plea was a mistake, because he didn’t have an attorney with him.

  48. lisab says:

    “I thought that was one of the reasons you’re vacationing in Illinois.”

    tina pleaaase …

    i just threw up in my mouth a little bit there … not when i’m eating … actually not ever

  49. Tina says:

    Tim, you are too funny.

    The Rs have a major scandal on their hands with this one. They need to cut their losses right now.

  50. Tim says:

    Right, Tina. And, Senator Craig is up for re-election, next year. So, this could not have come at a worse time. He might have to step aside, if this turns into the bombshell that I’m afraid it will.
    Stuff like this is really sad.

  51. JulStol says:

    Tim (and Wes?),

    Wes Borland?

    My roommate is a Metalhead.

    I’m not.

    Send him autographed stuff?

  52. David says:

    Lets hope Craig either resigns or does not seek re-election. If he seeks re-election, the 2008 ID senate race will be like this year’s KY govenors race for the Republicans…a sure loss. The republicans cannot afford to lose a senate seat from ID…probably the 3th or 4th most conservative state in the Union

  53. CambridgeREP says:

    My first reaction when I read this was–Oh, jeez. Why ANOTHER Republican scandal?! But now that I’ve thought about it, I’m a little more sanguine, for a couple reasons.

    First, at least this happened now, rather than October 2008. If Craig is fatally damaged, at least the GOP should have plenty of time to come up with a viable replacement for next year. Sure, we don’t need another open seat to defend, particularly since CO and NH look bad, MN and OR could be shaky, and VA and even AK could be up in the air, but at least it’s in Idaho, and hopefully many conservative Idaho voters will turn out in droves to vote against Hillary.

    Second, this is nothing like the 2006 scandals that contributed to the GOP’s losses. This scandal will most likely be limited to Craig and Craig alone. (Well, unless it comes out that he and the entire male membership of the GOP Senate caucus regularly has “Spartacus”-watching parties….)

    Third, people–even maybe Idaho voters–might be more forgiving of this than we’d expect. It all depends on whether or not Craig comes clean and does some kind of tearful interview. As of now, it just looks like he did what he did with other consenting adults. Although I’ll admit it’s incredibly unlikely that the only openly gay US Senator will be a Republican from Idaho…

  54. Tina says:

    Tim, hopefully he’s smart enough to do the right thing. I don’t think he will be smart because he’s a typical Republican congressperson like FFF from last year.

    The FFF is what one of the interns referred to that sick Florida guy last year. They are not my words.

  55. Tina says:

    Craig may be done because he was also pro-amnesty and supported the recent immigration legislation.

  56. jones says:

    Craig is an excellent proponent of the second amendment.

    And creepy as hell. His poor wife.

  57. GOPguy says:

    He won’t run, rumors of his retirement have been surfacing for months, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) will run and be the next U.S. Senator for Idaho…

  58. lisab says:


    what is fff?

  59. Peter says:

    Nah, Simpson aint running, its gonna be Jim Risch, Lt. Gov of Idaho, who will be the next US Senator from Idaho

  60. Bitterlaw says:

    I always apreciate the irony. If you are a Republican who is critical of homosexuality and get caught engaging in disgusting behavior with men, you have to step down (disgusting because it’s anonymous bathroom sex – not because its gay). If you are a Democrat who gets involved with gay prostitutes, you are a brave hero fighhting oppressions (Barney Frank, Governor McGreevy no prostitute, there).

  61. Tina says:


    I can not repeat what FFF means on this site, nor was it my word.

    You remember Foley, right? What state was he from and what rhymes with the word ‘bag’?

  62. bio mom says:

    I think the country will have serious buyer’s regret if they cause both the exective and legislative branches of government to be in Democrat hands. This is much worse than the Republicans in control of everything because Democrats believe in the federal government doing everything and it will cause it to do more and more. Republicans distrust government and tend to try to control it (I know, increased spending, etc. under the Bush years) but philosophically it is far more dangerous to have Democrats in total control than Republicans IMHO.

  63. CambridgeREP says:

    I love how McGreevey is now kind of viewed as someone who stepped down because he was gay–and therefore is sometimes portrayed as kind of hero who had to leave office because the public wasn’t “ready” for a homosexual in an office that high–and not for the real reason he stepped down: because he was caught up in some very messy ethical and potentially criminal problems.

  64. Tim says:

    bio mom:
    Remember, the great equalizer for any Party in the Minority is the Senate Filibuster. That one rule keeps everyone from passing fringe legislation.

  65. lisab says:

    a question,

    exactly why was he arrested? for being gay?