I find it rather astounding that this news is just coming out to the public: “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.” Kudos to Roll Call for breaking this story. MSNBC now highlights this photo on their front page:
Craig was arrested in June, his trial was earlier this month. Was there some sort of coverup by Craig?
After he was arrested, Craig, who is married, was taken to the Airport Police Operations Center to be interviewed about the lewd conduct incident, according to the police report. At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, “What do you think about that?” the report states.
MSNBC reports that “Craig said in a statement issued by his office 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.”
Clearly this should have bene made public at the time of Craig’s arrest. MSNBC also notes that “last fall, Craig called allegations from a gay-rights activist that he’s had homosexual relationships “completely ridiculous.””
ArchPundit points to a transcript of “Larry Craig on naughtiness and nastiness,” from Meet The Press, January 24, 1999:
MR. RUSSERT: Larry Craig, would you want the last word from the Senate be an acquittal of the president and no censure?
SEN. CRAIG: Well, I don’t know where the Senate’s going to be on that issue of an up or down vote on impeachment, but I will tell you that the Senate certainly can bring about a censure reslution and it’s a slap on the wrist. It’s a, “Bad boy, Bill Clinton. You’re a naughty boy.”
The blogosphere is on fire with news of Craig’s arrest and sentencing, with the news upstaging Gonzales’ resignation this morning. Here’s a roundup of the discussion via Memeorandum at: Newshoggers, Clayton Cramer’s Blog, Pam Spaulding weighs in on AmericaBlog, Seeing The Forest, The Jawa Report, Pottersville, and Blue Oregon.
UPDATE: On The Politico, Jonathan Martin points out that Senator Craig is “is one of Mitt Romney’s top backers in the Senate,” and a “clip of Craig praising Romney was until just moments ago available on Romney’s YouTube channel, but is now listed as “a private video.””
UPDATE 2: There is some controversy here in the comments over whether Senator Craig is Mormon or not. His bio on Congress.org lists him as Methodist.