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lottery hypnosis @ August 28, 2007 7:17 PM
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'My Own Private Idaho'




GOP Leaders Ask Ethics Probe of Craig

Tuesday August 28, 2007 9:31 PM


By MATTHEW DALY

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leaders called for an ethics committee review Tuesday into Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's guilty plea in a police sting operation this summer in an airport men's room.

Republican leaders also are ``examining other aspects of the case to see if additional action is required,' Sen. Mitch McConnell and other top GOP lawmakers said in a written statement.

They released the statement shortly before Craig's scheduled appearance before television cameras in Boise, his first public comments since confirming his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A private watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Larry Craig Tuesday following the Idaho Republican's guilty plea to misdemeanor charges stemming from complaints of lewd conduct in a men's room.

Craig arranged an afternoon appearance in Boise to address the issue. Aides said he would not answer questions.

The conservative three-term senator, who has represented Idaho in Congress for more than a quarter-century, is up for re-election next year. He hasn't said if he will run for a fourth term in 2008 and is expected to announce his plans this fall.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Senate ethics committee seeking an investigation into whether Craig violated Senate rules by engaging in disorderly conduct.

Craig, who has voted against gay marriage, finds his political future in doubt in the wake of the charges, which have drawn national attention.

A spokesman, Sidney Smith, was uncertain late Monday if Craig's guilty plea in connection with an incident at the Minneapolis airport would affect his re-election plans.

``It's too early to talk about anything about that,' Smith said.

A political science professor in Idaho said Craig's political future was in jeopardy. And a spokesman for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Hannah August, said Craig's guilty plea ``has given Americans another reason not to vote Republican' next year.

Craig said in a statement issued by his office Monday 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.'

The married Craig, 62, has faced rumors about his sexuality since the 1980s, but allegations that he has engaged in gay sex have never been substantiated. Craig has denied the assertions, which he calls ridiculous.

The arrest changes that dynamic, said Jasper LiCalzi, a political science professor at Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. He cited the House page scandal that drove Florida Rep. Mark Foley from office.

``There's a chance that he'll resign over this,' LiCalzi said. ``With the pressure on the Republican Party, he could be pressured to resign. If they think this is going to be something that's the same as Mark Foley - the sort of 'drip, drip, drip, there's more information that's going to come out' - they may try to push him out.'

Already Craig has stepped down from a prominent role with Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. He had been one of Romney's top Senate supporters, serving as a Senate liaison for the campaign since February.

``He did not want to be a distraction and we accept his decision,' said Matt Rhoades, a Romney campaign spoke
carlos danger @ August 28, 2007 7:28 PM
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In short, a 3-term Republican senator from Idaho who opposes gay marriage tried to give an undercover cop a blow job in an airport bathroom--more discussion necessary? probably not. Hilarious? yes, as always.

lottery hypnosis @ August 28, 2007 7:44 PM
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^except for the fact that it punches yet another hole in their whole "family values", intolerant, moral high ground bullshit, except for the fact that if it were a democrat, they'd be all over it, except for the fact that it proves once again what hypocrites they are.

yeah, except for all that, no more discussion necessary.
Rats in the walls @ August 28, 2007 8:09 PM
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Why am I never surprised when priests and Republicans get busted for illicit, closeted, gay sex.....

I think it might be something along the lines of the whole "The Lady doth protest too loudly" syndrome.

Fucking hilarious.
acabamento @ August 28, 2007 8:13 PM
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I like how the thread titles says "Another Republican Gay Sex Scandal, as if the Democrats haven't had assloads of them.
chris spiro @ August 28, 2007 8:16 PM
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Originally posted by:acabamento

I like how the thread titles says "Another Republican Gay Sex Scandal, as if the Democrats haven't had assloads of them.



But then again.. the democrats don't make a point of being vehemently against the homosexual life style.
Rats in the walls @ August 28, 2007 8:18 PM
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Originally posted by:acabamento

I like how the thread titles says "Another Republican Gay Sex Scandal, as if the Democrats haven't had assloads of them.






But in this one, he is Republican.

Didn't you read the article?
chocolate juice @ August 28, 2007 8:21 PM
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HAHAHAHA! faggot
crunkmoose @ August 28, 2007 8:31 PM
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they really must grow them dumb in georgia.



In the words of Baloo the Bear... its not the heat. Its the stupidity.
crunkmoose @ August 28, 2007 8:36 PM
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Originally posted by:acabamento

I like how the thread titles says "Another Republican Gay Sex Scandal, as if the Democrats haven't had assloads of them.



Dude, I'm like so tired of how they are always talking about Boston's weather forecast. I'm like, dude... you know there are other cities in the world, ya know. They all get weather, too, ya know. I mean just because your a boston station doesn't mean you need to make every single weather report about Boston!
Eric Paradox @ August 29, 2007 1:23 AM
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so tell us, oh enlightened one, which exciting Democratic gay sex scandals should we be aware of this year? put up some articles, I'm on the edge of my seat.
carlos danger @ August 29, 2007 3:23 AM
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Originally posted by:lottery hypnosis

^except for the fact that it punches yet another hole in their whole "family values", intolerant, moral high ground bullshit, except for the fact that if it were a democrat, they'd be all over it, except for the fact that it proves once again what hypocrites they are.

yeah, except for all that, no more discussion necessary.



Yeah, but I don't take it as personally as you do. The implications of a Republican senator being charged with lewd conduct for sexually soliciting a police officer in a airport bathroom are perfectly evident to me in that very statement.

That article talks about a dozen absolutely fucking useless things that dance around the point for 80% of the article. I found it irritating and decided to condense the substance of the article into a couple of sentences, and than criticize the article for being so circumlocutory.

No need to get in a snit about it.
XmisanthropistX @ August 29, 2007 7:37 AM
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the republicans are messin up
crunkmoose @ August 29, 2007 9:39 AM
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Originally posted by:bobby_mass

the republicans are messin up



Dimebag is dead?
Tim E. Husk @ August 29, 2007 9:56 AM
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Originally posted by: Eric Paradox

so tell us, oh enlightened one, which exciting Democratic gay sex scandals should we be aware of this year? put up some articles, I'm on the edge of my seat.



i can't think of a single one in the last five years.
crunkmoose @ August 29, 2007 10:03 AM
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Originally posted by:the norseman

Originally posted by: Eric Paradox

so tell us, oh enlightened one, which exciting Democratic gay sex scandals should we be aware of this year? put up some articles, I'm on the edge of my seat.



i can't think of a single one in the last five years.



Yeah, honestly at this point I think the "democrats are just as corrupt and just as bad" argument is sort of out of the running. .. at least for a little while.

Just too many Reps. getting busted of late for the comparison to hold.
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