Disgraced former Republican Sen. Larry Craig (ID) who was caught and arrested in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting, lost his appeal in a federal court on Friday on weather or not he improperly used campaign funds to pay for his legal defense.
Craig was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2007 after an undercover police officer said the lawmaker tapped his foot to signal under the bathroom stall that he wanted sex.
The federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision that said Craig must reimburse the government $197,535 and pay a civil penalty of $45,000 for violating federal election laws.
Craig originally pleaded guilty and paid a fine. But after news of the incident leaked, (no pun intended) Craig insisted that he “overreacted and made a poor decision” and that his actions were misconstrued and he was not gay . Craig them began a long unsuccessful legal fight to reverse his plea using money from campaign accounts.
In the appeal Craig argued that using the funds were permitted under Senate rules allowing reimbursements for official travel costs because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work.
But a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the legal allegations against Craig “did not concern the senator’s campaign activities or official duties.”
“The legal fees he expended trying to withdraw his plea constituted personal use,” Chief Judge Merrick Garland said.
In 1982 allegations of cocaine use and sex with male teenage congressional pages by unnamed congressmen were pursued by investigators and journalists in 1982.[ Craig issued a statement denying involvement. Craig stated “Persons who are unmarried as I am, by choice or by circumstance, have always been the subject of innuendos, gossip and false accusations. I think this is despicable.”
Facing a federal election lawsuit against him and trying to avoid repaying $217,000 in campaign funds the Federal Election Commission claims he misused, disgraced ex-Senator and notorious tea-room queen Larry *tap tap tap* Craig is claiming that his infamous June 11, 2007, Minneapolis airport bathroom visit that ended in him being busted in a gay sex-sting arrest was part of Senate a“official business”.
The FEC is suing Craig claiming that he converted the campaign money to personal use by spending it on his legal defense after he was arrested of soliciting sex in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom. The commission argues Craig’s defense had no connection to his campaign for federal office.
Craig counters that money tied to his airport bathroom trip was for neither personal use nor his campaign, but fell under his official, reimbursable duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and the nation’s capital for work. Craig is citing a U.S. Senate rule in which allows a reimbursable per diem expenses which includes all charges for meals, lodging, hotel fans, cleaning, pressing of clothing – and of course being arrested in bathrooms looking for sex.
“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,” wrote Andrew Herman, Craig’s lawyer in Washington, D.C., in documents filed Thursday.
Larry Craig and the GOP, SHAMELESS!
Larry Craig also endorsed Mitt Romney for President.
Maybe that’s why Craig outsourced his gay bathroom sex to Minneapolis instead of having it in Washington D.C. like all the other closet case GOP members.
John Oliver did a piece last night on The Daily Show about senators who’ve retired. And Larry Craig was one of them!
According to The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, Craig’s assistant wrote the following about Craig’s Daily Show appearance in an email to Craig’s stating that “they won’t be discussing the past”—i.e. his gay restroom sex scandal. (has this man never seen the show?)
Larry said that the show was fun and is about the Senate. It was done about a month ago after Sen. Bayh announced his retirement. They won’t be discussing the past, but will be discussing sticking around after announcing retirement, etc.
But in the piece, Oliver turns Craig’s refusal to answer questions about the scandal into the joke. Craig keeps bringing up airports and spouting double entendres as Oliver literally bites his tongue. It’s funny.
Also the ‘singing Senators’ clip was a real showcase for Larry’s golden throat. (Ewwww I know but I couldn’t resisit)
SiriusXM radio host and long time activist Michelangelo Signorile says that it’s time that the gay community stops cloaking anti-gay politicians and individuals that are known to us to be gay themselves. Using the recent example of California state Sen. Roy Ashburn, who was outed by West Sacramento’s openly gay mayor on Facebook, although few took notice Mike states:
West Sacramento’s Mayor Cabaldon notes that unnamed gay and lesbian lobbyists and other prominent LGBT people knew Ashburn was gay and protected him. He told me that several of these individuals angrily complained to him after his Facebook update and after he criticized Ashburn in the media following the state senator’s arrest. Those who protected Ashburn were selling out the community. In that sense, they’re just as guilty as Ashburn. Every gay person who knows the truth about closeted antigay politicans has a responsibility to speak up, as Mike Rogers does so fearlessly. This is no longer an issue that is debatable. No one’s privacy deserves respect when that person is working against our rights, and none of us should be complicit in keeping the secrets of these detestable individuals. The message has to be sent loud and clear: You are either with us or you are against us.
Signorile is right and l since we can’t shoot ’em we can ay least out ’em.
Here’s a short list Andre Bauer, Charlie Crist, Larry Craig, Lindsey Graham, Tony Perkins, and “Porno Pete” LaBarbera.
Grab your cell phones guys and girls. get some pictures and lets out these assholes!