Bil Browning

What is it with Republican politicians and bathrooms?

Filed By Bil Browning | August 27, 2007 6:20 PM | comments

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Tags: bathrooms, BlogACTIVE, coming out of the closet, hypocritical motherfuckers, Idaho, Larry Craig, Mike Rogers, outing, public sex, Republicans

Kudos to contributor Mike Rogers who first outed Senator Larry Craig on BlogACTIVE last year. At the time the republican from Idaho denied everything. Today, Roll Call is reporting that the not-so-good Senator was busted in June trying to score a little somethin'-somethin' from the next stall over.

Craig's arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.
Craig was detained for approximately 45 minutes, interviewed, photographed, fingerprinted and released, and police prepared a formal complaint for interference with privacy and disorderly conduct.

What the hell is going on here? There's been a rash of tearoom busts involving Republican politicians lately. I'm sure it won't be long before FOX News is trying to report invent a story that all of the outed sinners were test subjects for that "gay bomb" the Army was working on. They're not perverts! They're patriotic!

See after the jump for the juicy details on the bust. How long do we give him before he resigns? Any bets?

According to the incident report, Sgt. Dave Karsnia was working as a plainclothes officer on June 11 investigating civilian complaints regarding sexual activity in the men's public restroom in which Craig was arrested.

Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the men's restroom of the Northstar Crossing in the Lindbergh Terminal in connection with sexual activity.

Karsnia entered the bathroom at noon that day and about 13 minutes after taking a seat in a stall, he stated he could see "an older white male with grey hair standing outside my stall."

The man, who lingered in front of the stall for two minutes, was later identified as Craig.

"I could see Craig look through the crack in the door from his position. Craig would look down at his hands, 'fidget' with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again. Craig would repeat this cycle for about two minutes," the report states.

Craig then entered the stall next to Karsnia's and placed his roller bag against the front of the stall door.

"My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall," Karsnia stated in his report. "From my seated position, I could observe the shoes and ankles of Craig seated to the left of me."

Craig was wearing dress pants with black dress shoes.

"At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. I moved my foot up and down slowly. While this was occurring, the male in the stall to my right was still present. I could hear several unknown persons in the restroom that appeared to use the restroom for its intended use. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area," the report states.

Craig then proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times, and Karsnia noted in his report that "I could ... see Craig had a gold ring on his ring finger as his hand was on my side of the stall divider."

Karsnia then held his police identification down by the floor so that Craig could see it.

"With my left hand near the floor, I pointed towards the exit. Craig responded, 'No!' I again pointed towards the exit. Craig exited the stall with his roller bags without flushing the toilet. ... Craig said he would not go. I told Craig that he was under arrest, he had to go, and that I didn't want to make a scene. Craig then left the restroom."

In a recorded interview after his arrest, Craig "either disagreed with me or 'didn't recall' the events as they happened," the report states.

Craig stated "that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine," the report states. Craig also told the arresting officer that he reached down with his right hand to pick up a piece of paper that was on the floor.

"It should be noted that there was not a piece of paper on the bathroom floor, nor did Craig pick up a piece of paper," the arresting officer said in the report.

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Damn you, Bil, you beat me to it by a few minutes.


Why do these Republican gays (they're one of us, one of us, gooble-gobble, gooble-gobble) plead guilty or make up stupid excuses when they could just call the police officers liars and I'd believe them?

Oh, what's that? They don't care if I believe them? Well, I'm just saying, it's a Senator's word against a police officer's. Not that I'd trust either intrinsically, but cops lie about these sorts of things a lot.

So Mike Rogers is right again? Good for him.

One other thing - why is it that all of this public sex happens and I never notice it or participate? How come these college bathrooms get shut down because of it and there are Senators in airports (I've been to that one in Minneapolis!) wanting to give head and I never see any of this in real life? Why am I always left out?


Tillie Typo | August 27, 2007 6:48 PM

You must have been in a rush... Crain or Craig? Busted in July or June? Anyway, juicy post!

You got me Tillie. The worse part is that I caught Crain/Craig right after I originally published it (I'd also left out the strike thru!) and had to republish. But it wasn't until I saw your comment that I even noticed the July/June error. Yikes! That's what happens when you're trying to fly to go back to work, eh? *grins* Thanks for pointing out the correct month.

Clearly, Alex, you need to work on your stance and hang out for long periods of time in public bathrooms. I mean, the cop was sitting in a stall for 15 minutes? Without a newspaper?

And for the defense...what, except for wanting a %$#% up you @** requires a "wide stance?

Personally, I think we have the Patriot Act to blame. If you want to cut down on sex in airport bathrooms, then stop sniffing our shoes and making us wait for hours. What the hell else is there to do?

and Alex? don't feel too bad. Never, ever are there lesbians getting busy in public bathrooms. why if some senator handed me her card... I'd say, oh, no, it's okay. I have toilet paper here... need some?

Michael Bedwell | August 27, 2007 7:49 PM

HAROLD. (He has opened another gift, suddenly laughs aloud.) “Oh, Bernard! How divine! Look, everybody! Be-jewelled knee-pads!” (He holds up a pair of basketball knee-pads with sequin initials.)
BERNARD. “Monogrammed!”
EMORY. (Crossing to Harold.) “Bernard, you’re a camp! Let me see.”
- "The Boys in the Band," Mart Crowley.

You were just born too late, Alex. With a thousand gay bars blooming every year, sex and sex pickups in les salles des bains, at least in the US, are far less the institution that they once were. But the fascinating social dance was documented during its heyday [gayday?] in a book called "Tearoom Trade." I don't recall the percentage of Republicans, but Catholics were highly disproportionately represented. And age almost always determined who was the insertor and who was the insertee, and switched as participants did. E.g., 20-something "Bob White" would be serviced by 30-something "Joe Blow," but "Joe Blow" would be serviced by 40-something "Bo Blow."

Now I have known some obsessive tearoom queens in my time. One insisted that many gay men try consciously or unconsciously to replicate their first gay experience and his happened to be in a men's room. Another worked on Wall Street and, without fail, every morning on his way to work, would stop in his favorite "busy" restroom, go into a stall, and, once joined by another guy, set his briefcase in such a way that it helped block anyone from outside the stall from noticing more than one set of feet behind the door. And on a cross-country car trip year ago, it took once-naive moi a couple of states to figure out why my older college prof companions seemed to take forever to come back to the car at whatever rest stop or truck stop we found ourselves.

They weren't Repugs, nor was LBJ aide Walter Jenkins who was busted in an YMCA john not far from the White House. FDR's trusted Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles was forced to resign when his sexual adventures came to light during WWII. (Welles' son insisted in a biography that his late father was only latently bisexual.)

But I swear! Bil's right! Along with a Bible, a lifetime subscription to the "Wall Street Journal," an embroidered pillow that reads, "Greed Is Good," a commemorative jar of Ronald Reagan Jelly Bellies, and a trunk full of self-loathing, is every Republican issued an uncontrollable longing for the taste of semen and the smell of urinal deodorizer?

Along with a Bible, a lifetime subscription to the "Wall Street Journal," an embroidered pillow that reads, "Greed Is Good," a commemorative jar of Ronald Reagan Jelly Bellies, and a trunk full of self-loathing, is every Republican issued an uncontrollable longing for the taste of semen and the smell of urinal deodorizer?

HAHAHAHA. I almost made a urinal cake joke in the post, but I just couldn't go there. *grins* I'm glad YOU did. LMAO

Here is what makes this really funny…

The Republicans preach good old fashioned straight values.
You know “God is goanna get ya for touchen yourself and playing with the boy next-door boy”.

The democrats are the easygoing devil may care let everyone do their own thing types. … who cares if sally and Jill are exploring each other and Bob and Frank are doing the same…..
It’s only natural….

When you get a breath of fresh air and maybe a walk in the sunshine to think a little with a clear head…..

You can figure who is so far back in the closet they have trouble seeing the light of day…
You also know why they have to get their Freak on in a bathroom.

Alex Jones said it best (paraphrase) Democrats seem to be hetro Reptilians seem to have a need for Gay Sex.

When you hear that George Bush has pet names for his cabomet members and Carl Rove’s pet name was “a scatological phrase” you have to wonder how the First Man gets freak on.

Don’t believe me Google It.

We have some very sick puppies in power…..