And since he’s a Republican, this will be big news.
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.
Apparently the “lewd conduct” in question was attempting to set up a romantic bathroom rendezvous with an undercover police officer.
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…
A couple of points:
First of all, is it fair to arrest someone for just trying to engage in “lewd conduct” in a bathroom? For all we know Craig would have set up a date with this person in a hotel room where “lewd conduct” charges wouldn’t apply.
Second, as for the whole gay thing, I’m not sure where Craig himself comes down on it but I could care less about him wanting to have sex with other men. Cheating on his wife, of course, is another matter. Though the fact that he’s adopted all of his children may be telling in terms of his sexuality.
Third, are we actually paying undercover police officers to stake out airport bathrooms on the off-chance they might be solicited by someone looking for sex? Maybe I’m just a naive rube from fly-over country, but since when has that been a priority?