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Craig Won't Appeal Ruling in Sex Sting Case

By Ben Pershing

After repeated attempts to clear his name, ex-Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) is finally giving up on his effort to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his 2007 arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom.

A month ago, a Minnesota appeals court rejected his motion to overturn a lower court's ruling denying his petition to withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct charges. Since the case went public in August 2007, Craig has argued that he was pressured into the plea by police and that his conduct was not illegal.

But while Craig could still appeal to the state Supreme Court, his Minnesota attorney, Thomas M. Kelly of the Minneapolis firm Kelly & Jacobson, said his client would not do so.

"This is not a case the Supreme Court of Minnesota would accept for review," Kelly told Capitol Briefing. "It's not that novel of an issue."

The decision, which was first reported by the Associated Press, brings to an end a saga that began 18 months ago with a burst of scandal-fueled publicity and led to Craig retiring from the Senate under pressure from his colleagues.

Now a private citizen, Craig is reportedly forming a consulting company. He has also talked of writing a book about his career, downfall and "the state of politics in Washington today."

By Ben Pershing  |  January 8, 2009; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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In another development, Craig announced he and his wife are divorcing so that he may lead an unimpeded life as a gay man. His spokesman said his new consulting company will focus on aiding closeted Republicans in their transition to out gay men.

Posted by: watsonja | January 8, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Craig's book could sell if he came out. I doubt whether many people are interested, though, in reading his further protestations of innocence.

Posted by: pundito | January 8, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

He's NOT gay; he just likes to have anonymous sex with random men in public restrooms...

Good riddance to hypocritical homophobes. Maybe Ted Haggard can help "cure" him.

Posted by: rbarry531 | January 8, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd hate to see this case get stalled in the judicial system.

Posted by: CubsFan | January 8, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really care about this? The only thing interesting about this case is that a closeted gay man who has repeatedly followed the republican doctrine to never support a gay lifestyle got himself caught with his pants down. (pun intended) Not like it's a new story.

Posted by: biggirl90 | January 8, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Rather than paying for the customary posh space on K Street in DC for his consulting firm (read: lobbying), Craig has opted to open shop on Gay Street in Baltimore.

Posted by: | January 8, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Larry Craig is a victim of the legal industry than the criminal justice system. In other words, how much has he spend meeting with lawyers and having them represent them in the past 18 months? Tell me the bill. The lawyers should have better known and experts knew from day one that the plea would not likely be overturned. Craig should have better know, and quietly moved into civilian life. We have a short memory span, we move on to digest other scandals than keep in our minds the name of Craig. This case now make him appears on the news repeatedly, and it makes it one name not to have a short memory span.

Posted by: zodwa | January 8, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is anyone's sexual orientation an issue at all? In this case, it wasn't even his proclivity for anonymous sex with man that was the issue, it was his hypocritical denouncement of it by others that was indefensible. We have homo-, hetero- and bi-sexual members politicians who are effective at all levels of government. We always have. Sexuality isn't a choice, infidelity is.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 8, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Of course he is dropping all appeals. Expect his name to appear on the long list of upcoming Bush pardons. Why waste precious money he will need in retirement on legal fees when his buddy George will just wipe away the guilty plea.

Posted by: dmyers53217 | January 8, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Craig did not get the justass that he deserved. In other words, Craig was clearly bent over and screwed by the system. Craig could have simply taken the balls on the chin, but instead he wanted to go at the system head first and was apparently left unsatisfied.

Let this be a warning to all the other right-wing Republicans out there who just happen to have a wide stance, the system sucks, and if you’re caught with your pants down, nobody will believe that you were just being friendly with that nubile boy in the adjoining stall. The next thing you know, the only thing you’ll be plugging is potatoes in Idaho.

Posted by: robertjonezz | January 8, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Larry has been "bending over" backwards trying to clear his name. He just made a fool out of himself...disgusting. No matter what the situation, I can't find many elected officials who have a shred of decency...

Posted by: nosurprise2me | January 8, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

p.s. Writing a book? This man has no shame.

Posted by: nosurprise2me | January 8, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Craig represents the worst kind of hypocrite: a gay Republican acting the homophobe.

Posted by: Diogenes | January 8, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

What a sad story. On one hand, a man whose fallen into corruption of his sexuality and desires to have sex with other men. On the other hand, those who likewise engage in this corruption calling the man a "homophobe," a slanderous term that makes no sense and is widely used to demean people who rightly believe men having sex with other men is unnatural.

It's disheartening to see the glee with which men who have intercourse with other men delight in the corruption of this poor man's sexuality.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | January 8, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Remember that scene in the Wizard of Oz where the good witch says to the munchkins...."Come Out, Come Out, Wherever you are"....those words could easily apply to good ole "kneepad" Larry!

Posted by: wilkesm | January 8, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Like Rush Limbaugh being a drug abuser (and likely was an actual drug dealer of oxycondon) while pretending to be a law-and-order voting evangelical, Craig is a TYPICAL closeted hypocrite-republican:

An evangelical christian going to church on sunday, condemning gay men to hell, promoting intolerant, 19th century-style anti-freedom legislation, while trolling bathroom stalls for gay anonymous sex at the same time.

Men who troll for gay sex in public bathrooms as Craig does are known as a "T-Room Queens".

This behavior is a serious illegal assault on the innocent victim. Since 90% of men are straight any bathroom trolling is going to offend 90% of men while the T-Room queen is looking for sex partners.

If a straight man went looking for sex in a women's bathroom he would be immediately arrested as a sex offender. Gay men doing the same are NOT harmlessly going about their day. THey are sexually assaulting others.

Craig's hypocrisy, however, is even more disgusting than his crimes.

Posted by: onestring | January 8, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

He should switch parties. He'd get elected again in a landslide as a Dem.

Posted by: FLvet | January 8, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Pasty white Craig the rump ranger looking for love in apparently all the wrong places

Posted by: Sideswiped | January 8, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Many of these comments are disgusting; others are self-righteous; still others are diatribes. The most unfortunate part about this entire episode is the eagerness of the media to pursue it.
Of course, the story was worthy of reporting. Of course, former Sen. Craig's hypocrisy is unacceptable.
Point is: it's all old news. Stick to things that really affect the populace - there's lots to go around.

Posted by: muleman | January 8, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | January 8, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

$775 billion: Expected cost of the economic stimulus plan.

$1.2 trillion: Projected federal deficit for 2009.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.

Political priorities by the numbers. Read more about it on the Borgen Project website (

Posted by: alenka | January 8, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The issue is not his sexual orientation. The issue is that he would have sex in a public restroom. Eeewwwwwwww!

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | January 8, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

This subject sucked to begin with and it still sucks. Go away, Larry!

Posted by: mortified469 | January 8, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

> Craig the rump ranger is looking for love in all the wrong places

Yeah, his mouth and his hiney!

-- faye kane, homeless brain
See more of my smartmouth opinions at

Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | January 8, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Craig announced his consulting firm will provide media advice for intolerant homophobic Republican evangelicals caught in gay activities. His partners in the firm will be Ted Haggard and Mark Foley.

Posted by: coloradodog | January 8, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The bit*ch set him up

Posted by: coloradodog | January 8, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

He'd have a stronger case if he were claiming that the bathroom stings were targeting people for prosecution based on their sexual orientation. But to make that argument, he'd have to admit to how very gay he is.

Posted by: ladymacbeth977 | January 8, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Craig should go visit Tom Delay, Mark Foley, and Jack Abramoff and "spread" his knowledge and wealth to those "patriots." What a total hypocritical A-hole and loser. Shame on him.

Posted by: MrZappa | January 8, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

he is a sick gay man, leave him alone... and hey larry - just admit it. dont be ashamed.

Posted by: disappointed5 | January 8, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

As a Minnesotan, I am proud of the fact that there is so little crime in Minneapolis that our finest are left to patrol the rest rooms at the Lindbergh terminal.

Posted by: rrbill | January 8, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

What I learned today: lots of new name calling, personal pride in being truthful, angst in coming out, gay rights speak, that a non-English mother tongue person can cite good ideas in atrocious English, that I can advertise my blog sites in the Washington Post for free, about Minneapolis, that the prohibtion against cuss words is lax, and that people generally like to be offensive.

Posted by: robertbjenkins | January 10, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

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