that Senator Larry Craig of Idaho recently plead guilty to a charge of Disorderly Conduct based on an incident that occured in a men's room at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. (Roll Call has a write up too
, with additional details from the arresting officer.)
The description of what went down is almost comical in and of itself:
Minnesota law defines disorderly conduct as brawling, disturbing a meeting or engaging in "offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous or noisy conduct."
According to Roll Call, the arresting officer alleged that Craig lingered outside a rest room stall where the officer was sitting, then entered the stall next door and blocked the door with his luggage.
According to the arrest report cited by Roll Call, Craig tapped his right foot, which the officer said he recognized "as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct."
The report alleges Craig then touched the officer's foot with his foot and the senator "proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times," according to Roll Call.
At that point, the officer said he put his police identification down by the floor so Craig could see it and informed the senator that he was under arrest, before any sexual contact took place.
An interesting thing to note here is that when the arrest was made, the officer did not know who he was arresting. So no personal bias can be claimed.
CNN then goes on to discuss the Senator's voting record over years past:
In recent years, Craig's voting record has earned him top ratings from social conservative groups such as the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council.
He has supported a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, telling his colleagues that it was "important for us to stand up now and protect traditional marriage, which is under attack by a few unelected judges and litigious activists."
In 1996, Craig also voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages and prevents states from being forced to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples legally performed in other states.
Craig has also opposed expanding the federal hate crimes law to cover offenses motivated by anti-gay bias and, in 1996, voted against a bill that would have outlawed employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, which failed by a single vote in the Senate.
For the younger folks, the Family Research Council
is a "pro-family" group that has a history trying to establish a "Christian standard of morality" in our country's foreign policy, is against the "homosexual political agenda", and wants the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians. These people are so whacked out that they've even gone off on George W. Bush for appointing two openly gay men in his administration.
So let's put this all together. We have:
- A Senator caught trying to engage in lewd conduct with another male in the bathroom
- Who also has a history of being very anti-gay
Sounds like Senator Larry Craig is one big bowl of crazy to me.
Of course, I could be wrong.