Saturday, September 1, 2007

Pass the Toilet Paper Please

Republican Senator Larry Craig, a guy with two first names and a disturbing fondness for public restrooms, will announce his resignation today.

Craig was arrested June 11th at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge on August 8th. He was accused of attempting to engage in sex acts in an airport men’s room. He has repeatedly denied that he is gay. But it was a men’s room…and he pleaded guilty.

This is not the first time he has been accused of restroom malfeasance. The Idaho Statesman conducted a five month investigation into Senator Craig’s alleged liaisons.

“The most serious finding by the Statesman was the report by a professional man with close ties to Republican officials. The 40-year-old man reported having oral sex with Craig at Washington's Union Station, probably in 2004.”

In 1982 Craig issued a statement denying he engaged in sex acts with male congressional pages. The Statesman also discovered several allegations that were not credible.

This is disgusting behavior from an elected official. In fact the arresting officer stated as much on the taped encounter in the airport bathroom. "I'm just disappointed in you, sir," the officer said. "I mean, people vote for you." The officer could not have chosen better words to describe Craig’s behavior. Elected officials are in a position of trust, and must be held to a higher standard.

Trolling for sex in public restrooms is never excusable, and Craig is right to resign, but this type of behavior is occurring with disturbing regularity among our politicians. So many of our elected officials have been or are currently involved in some type of scandal. It is a betrayal of public trust that erodes the American people’s faith in our nation’s leaders and damages the country as a whole.

Good-bye and good riddance to you Mr. Craig, I hope you work this all out and have a good life. I also hope that the people who trusted you are not so disgusted by your perfidy that they lose their faith in all politicians and simply decide not to vote in the next election.

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