Creep of the Week: Larry Craig

By |2007-10-11T09:00:00-04:00October 11th, 2007|Opinions|

You’ve got to give it to Larry Craig… er, wait. Let me rephrase that.
You’ve got to hand it to Larry Craig…
Shoot, that doesn’t sound right either. Hmm…
So, how ’bout that Larry Craig? He’s the gay man on everybody’s lips… Oops. I did it again.
For those of you out of the loop, here’s a brief recap: Craig, a Senator from Idaho with a staunch anti-gay record, was arrested awhile back for cruising an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport restroom. After months of hand wringing, Craig pled guilty hoping the whole mess would just go away. Instead, it blew up, prompting Craig to go on national TV and declare, “I am not gay and have never been gay.” He also stated he would resign from the Senate. Later he decided to try to have his guilty plea thrown out so he could start afresh and new and put this whole matter behind him… er, I mean, to bed… a big heterosexual bed in which he and his wife are quite heterosexual, thank you.
Now things have changed. After attempting, and failing, to get his guilty plea thrown out by a Minnesota judge, Craig has vowed to stay in the Senate for the remaining 15 months of his term even though his Republican friends regard him much as one might regard a steaming pile of waste in the middle of the Senate floor: something to be avoided and something it isn’t their job to clean up.
So what’s next for the Senator that made a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport restroom an honest to God tourist attraction?
Why, the Idaho Hall of Fame, of course!
Seriously.
On Sunday the Associated Press reported that Craig is scheduled to be inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame on Oct. 13 alongside folks like Gov. Butch Otter and Boise State University football coach Chris Petersen.
Craig’s selection was made in March, before the bathroom incident, but not before man on man allegations were made (Craig’s been dodging the gay bullet for years).
The Idaho Hall of Fame Association’s board chairman told The Spokesman-Review, “Larry Craig has made a great contribution to Idaho over the period of 20-some years. At the time it was considered, this other matter had not come up.”
That’s not to say everyone is happy with the decision. The AP spoke to Kootenai County Republican precinct committeeman Phil Thompson who wants to keep Craig out (no pun intended).
“Maybe in 10 or 15 years we can think of this hall of fame stuff. Now is not the time,” he said. “It’s a sad day to be a Republican.”
Things could get sadder, though. The Senate ethics committee now must decide if it wants to go after Craig or if it wants to let the matter go in order to make sure there’s time between Craig and the next closeted homophobe who gets busted while acting on his repressed urges.
No matter what happens, Craig’s next 15 months are going to suck… I mean, blow… I mean, uh, be terrible. And lonely. And sad.

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D'Anne Witkowski
D'Anne Witkowski is a writer living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBTQ+ politics for nearly two decades. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.