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Senator Larry Craig Loses Committee Leadership Posts

by Pamela Leavey

Senator Larry Craig’s political career appeared to be flushing down the proverbial toilet on Wednesday, in the wake of the news of his arrest and guilty plea in connection with an incident in an Minneapolis airport restroom. Fellow Republicans have “called for his resignation and party leaders ousted him from his committee leadership posts.”

A statement by the Senate Republican leadership said Mr. Craig “has agreed to comply” with a request to step down as the top Republican on the Veterans Affairs Committee, the Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior and the Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on public lands and forests.

“This is not a decision we take lightly, but we believe this is in the best interest of the Senate until this situation is resolved by the Ethics Committee,” the statement said. It was issued by Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the party leader; Trent Lott of Mississippi, the whip; Jon Kyl of Arizona, the conference chairman, and other prominent Republicans.

Mr. Craig will still retain membership on the committees, but he will have no more power than a freshman senator, even though he is nearing the end of his third term and was himself in the party leadership not so long ago.

Adding insult to injury, “Senators John McCain of Arizona and Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Representative Pete Hoekstra” apparently would like to wash their hands of the Craig scandal and have “called on their fellow Republican to resign.”

My position is that when you plead guilty to a crime, you shouldn’t serve,” Mr. McCain said in an interview on CNN. “That’s not a moral stand. That’s not holier-than-thou. It’s just a factual situation.”

Mr. Coleman issued a statement saying that Mr. Craig had pleaded guilty to “a crime involving conduct unbecoming a senator. He should resign.”

And Mr. Hoekstra, who was apparently the first Republican in Congress to call for Mr. Craig’s resignation, said the senator should quit because he “represents the Republican Party.”

“It’s not a judgment on gay rights or anything like that,” Mr. Hoekstra said in an interview with The Associated Press. “This is about leadership and setting a standard that the American people and your colleagues in the Republican Party can feel good about.”

Craig claimed that “his judgment had been clouded by a “witch hunt.”” Hoekstra called the explanation “not credible.”

Meanwhile, incase you’re curious about the “tapping,” the WaPo exposes the “Secrets Of the Stall.”

Consider the bathroom stall, that utilitarian public enclosure of cold steel and drab hue.

It can be a world of untold secrets, codes and signals as invitations to partake. Like foot-tapping: Who knew?

Let us peer in, shall we?

The WaPo reports:

Therapists also hear plenty about this world in the torment of their patients — both married and gay men and those who eschew the word “gay” and describe themselves as “men who have sex with other men.”

Whatever they call themselves, they are often driven by a craving, much like that which drives a drug addict, said Fred Berlin of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma at Johns Hopkins University.

“We use words like ‘pervert’ and we just demean and make very hard judgments,” Berlin said. “What I found is that many of these people are hardworking and struggling hard to be in control. . . . Anybody can have a compulsion, whether it’s a sexual compulsion or some other compulsion. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a measure of their character. Their character is something different.”

Ironically, the WaPo notes that folks looking for anonymous sex can actually find it on, of all places, “Craig’s List.” Who knew

Gun Toting Liberal, TBogg and The Moderate Voice have more on the Republican pressure for Mr. Craig to resign in the wake of his dirty little secret.

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