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Senator Sang for Charity a Day After Arrest

Now we know one reason why Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and the other Singing Senators may have sounded so dreadfully off key (by their own critique) when they reunited on June 12 to perform for the first time in years: It was one day after Craig had been arrested in an airport men's room in connection with a police sting operation targeting illegal sexual activity.

Craig had just flown in from Minneapolis where he was charged with disorderly conduct and interference with privacy on June 11. An incongruous flux of events: One day he's under arrest for attempting to engage in "lewd" activity in an airport men's room, the next he's singing "Elvira" and "God Bless America" at a charity fundraiser.

Singing Senators
The Singing Senators, as seen on the web site of "celebrity vocal coach" Renee Grant-Williams. In back from left to right: John Ashcroft, Trent Lott, James Jeffords, Larry Craig. (

As reported in Roll Call newspaper, Craig wound up pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct for doing a little tappy toe and hand wave dance under the bathroom stall divider, which was taken by an undercover cop to be a universal signal to "engage in lewd conduct."

The officer, who was investigating heightened reports of sexual activity in that particular bathroom, may not have known that he was sitting in the stall next to a singing senator. The lead singer of the Singing Senators, the now defunct quartet, to be exact.

As our colleagues at Reliable Source, reported at the time, Craig and two of the three other former Singing Senators reunited "for the first time six years" on June 12 to perform for a fundariser for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Craig, the adoptive father of his wife's three children, has been very active in adoption causes. And he was apparently quite eager to resolve the situation at the Minneapolis airport and make it on time to the adoption benefit.

According to the police report from his June 11 arrest, a copy of which was posted on Talking Points Memo, Craig "was worried about missing his flight."

Luckily for Craig, he arrived with plenty of time to spare at the fundraiser the next evening to belt out a few golden oldie favorites with Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

As Reliable Source wrote then: "They began with a patriotic medley, followed with the risque (for them) 'American Made' ('She looks good in her tight blue jeans')."

Ah, if only the Oak Ridge Boys were as risque as it got for him, the lead Singing Senator wouldn't be today's front page story.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 28, 2007; 10:55 AM ET
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Mr. Craig apparently has a history...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I heard he gave the best reach around
on the hill
now we know it's true.

W's man loves the Co-K!
he loves it!

funny stuff !
i can't stop laughing here
at the Idaho dirt farmer.

have a good day fellas
good luck

I wonder if he'll be on the next cover
A-s Masters?

Posted by: Steve Real | August 28, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Senator Craig was one who led the charge against Clinton.

There is nothing on this earth more satisfying, not a country ride on my Harley in the early fall, not an acknowledgment from the President that global warming is real, as when a strident Republican is revealed for being the hypocrite so many are.

Posted by: marc anderson | August 28, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Yes! So many people will be satisfied now. oo bad Idaho is living in gun loving paranoa that they will vote in a replica.

Posted by: Mike | August 28, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the world's best gaydar is to simply identify the 5% of men who are out and proud along with the 5% of men who do their best to persecute gay men.

Posted by: mkt | August 28, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

At least he did not leave a stained blue dress in the Oval Office, he just tapped his feet and waved his hand, kinda like a magician doing his magic tricks...voila! Be careful next time you pass flatus in public, you might be arrested for disorderly conduct, and contributing to greenhouse gasses/global warming/leaving your carbon footprint(sic)!

Posted by: john | August 28, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I want to know exactly what it is that Sen. Craig is eating that forces him to adopt such a "wide stance" when he defecates. I don't think a few sheets of toilet paper are going to clean up that mess!!

Posted by: Dick Cruiser | August 28, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Give this Bushie a presidential medal of freedom! While the Singing Senators were playing with children, Bush protected Senator Mark Foley (Republican, Florida) and solicited advice from Bush White House spiritual leader Pastor Ted Haggard while enjoying a sausage tasting at prayer breakfast. Even Senator Vitter (Republican - The State Formerly Containing New Orleans) followed Neil Bush's example of Bush Family values. Republican Rep. Bob Allen is not only another RPOF backroom insider, he is also another Florida Republican who did it like they do on the Discovery Channel. Republican Senator Larry E. Craig certainly fits tightly in Bush's loyal family. So now we know what made the Singing Senators sing!

"Let the eagle soar...

Posted by: Singing Senator | August 28, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry you used such an old dated photo of the "Singing Senators". James Jeffords was unceremoniously dropped from the group when he had the courage to leave the Republican Party and become an independent voice that reflected the thoughts and feelings of his constituants.(That would be us Vermonters)
Now retired, Mr. Jeffords is seen by many here to reflect the independence we need in our Congressmen. A popular bumber sticker around here reads simply "Thanks Jim"
David in Vermont

Posted by: David | August 28, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

How does a U.S. Senator get arrested (for anything) in June and the public not hear about until end of August?

And then how does public not hear about it when the same U.S. Senator pleads guilty on August 8?

Maybe he was singing at the Washington Post employee picnic!!!

I wish you reporters would get out of the bed (stalls?) with these politicians!!!

Posted by: SteveQ | August 28, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party will make sure Larry Craig suffers the same fate as Mark Foley, i.e., an all expense lifetime vacation courtesy of the GOP with one condition, disappear! Have you seen Foley lately? Of course, he's sitting on an island with a bunch of young men, drinking stingers.
Larry Craig will disappear as well. And beware, Fred Thompson will soon replace Dick Cheney as VP and then run for President as a Vice-President incumbent.

Posted by: Sam Cerritos | August 28, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party will make sure Larry Craig suffers the same fate as Mark Foley, i.e., an all expense lifetime vacation courtesy of the GOP with one condition, disappear! Have you seen Foley lately? Of course, he's sitting on an island with a bunch of young men, drinking stingers.
Larry Craig will disappear as well. And beware, Fred Thompson will soon replace Dick Cheney as VP and then run for President as a Vice-President incumbent.

Posted by: Sam Cerritos | August 28, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Could Senator Craig be covered by the US Constitution which bars the arrest of legislators (Senators) traveling for a vote?

It would not answer whether he did something wrong, but that he could not be arrested en route.

The section of the US Constitution is:
"Section. 6.
Clause 1: The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. [...] They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place. "

Posted by: Pete from NYC | August 28, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

the same website that outed foley and craig also had an article about fred thompson- so i can't wait until he announces he is running for president- andrew sullivan is the person who wrote implied that thompson is gay-considering the accuracy of blogactive it's going to get interesting

Posted by: jeff a | August 28, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh my GOD! All those dudes look like preverts! Remember, Trent Lott was a CHEERLEADER at Ole Miss! I bet he's got some moves on him! And Ashcroft-was this picture taken before or after James Comey's infamous "hospital room encounter," huh?"

Gee, now I wonder if Sen. Craig came to visit Ashcroft in his hospital room too, and we just didn't hear about it! Do you think he started tapping on Ashcroft's foot under the covers, or what? Remember, acc. to Comey, Ashcroft would have been too drugged to remember!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

A SPADE IS A SPADE I wonder how disdainful Larry Craig's rhetoric was toward Sen. James
McGreevey's scandal in 2004 when McGreevey was eventually outed after
all the denials of sexual harassment and homosexual affairs, that
destroyed his family, employees, his state and his party? Craig no
doubt hid behind the same disapproval he used to vote against gay
marriage, well, that is to say a gay person can't marry another gay
man/woman, but gays are welcome to marry a heterosexual man/or woman.
Like Barney Frank, and James McGreevey, Craig had such inner fear for
his homosexual attraction to other men that he had to suppress his
urges under a life long pattern of lies , but the truth can only be
suppressed for so long until those urges become destructive, and
perverted. The true perversion is the suppression of homosexuals,
where homosexuals never can become familiar with the acceptance of
committed relationships, that would grant rights ,like every other
human being on the face of the earth. Without this support,
homosexuals wander throughout the world, emotionally broken,
and at risk. The spread of hiv has increased beyond imagination
because of anonymous unsafe sex in the homosexual community ,perhaps from
detachment at a very early age, ostracized from religion, family, and
friends. In spite of this many homosexuals are successful in
overcoming this obstacle and have contributed invaluably to the world
, but sadly a great many don't make it. THESE ARE THE FACTS. So I ask Larry
Craig, why is he so adamant that he is not a homosexual? Perhaps he
realizes what a lousy deal they have in this world, stuck in limbo
imposed by the very government that these homosexuals pay taxes too! well I'd
deny it too.

Posted by: SL | August 29, 2007 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I think it would be wonderful to wait and hear the entire story, I know the Senator and do not believe he did anything wrong.

Posted by: Cindi | August 29, 2007 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Uh, Cindi, I guess you haven't been following this story. WE ALREADY DO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY, REALLY-THERE'S A POLICE REPORT THAT RECOUNTS THE WHOLE SORDID, PERVERTED ROUND OF EVENTS, EVERYTHING YOUR FRIEND THE PERVERT DID, SAID, INCLUDING HIS FOLLOW-UP VISIT TO THE POLICE STATION, OKAY? And if that's not enough, Sen. Pervert went on television yesterday to give his spin on the matter, and stated all these stupid things like he didn't really "mean" to plead guilty, and then he made noises like he didn't know what he was doing when he did that, and now he would "consult a lawyer" about "changing his plea." Ha! Ha! Ha! Do you really believe he's going to change his plea? He actually got QUITE a good deal out of this matter! Despite what he said yesterday, he's not going to do ONE DAMN THING about changing his plea. Know why? Because then he would go to trial on the more serious charge, which he was not charged with by virtue of pleading guilty to the lesser charge, and then he WOULD be found guilty, and would have to spend time in jail, that's why!

And this is by no means his FIRST "close encounter of the men's bathroom kind" either, dear-there are stories of him having sex in bathrooms GOING BACK TO THE 60'S. I guess there's no truth to that either? I mean, why WOULD there be rumours and stories about HIM for so many years, as opposed to some other person, huh?

Sheesh! Get real! I guess you still believe in the tooth fairy too!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2007 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Just because the senator was looking for a little action, it doesn't make him a "pervert." Sure, he's a hypocrite, and that's what makes this story "news." But the image of this older man--tortured by the break between his biological makeup and his "moral compass," pathetically tapping and waving for affection-- is sad and heartbreaking.

I hope that those of us interested in tolerance can refrain from adding to the gay-bashing response to this story.

Posted by: kshe95 | August 29, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

If Gonzales is a member of the bar in Minnesota maybe he can defend Craig.
A fellow hypocrite.

Posted by: Ed in St. Louis | August 29, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if we waterboard Craig he will speak the truth?

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Kshe-what Craig did is the very definition of a disgusting little "pervert"- and now, he's trying to hide it, the worst sort of hypocrisy, given his anti-gay stance in Congress. I believe him, when he says "I'm not gay"- he just wants sex with men in a perverted manner-and then wants to abuse his public office by trying to get out of his degrading, disgusting, utterly perverted actions by waiving his Senate card at the police and saying "what do you think of that?" Sheesh!

I for one, hope that he WOULD try to recant his plea of guilty, so his sorry perverted ass would be in jail and off the streets where he belongs-there, he could get all the action he wanted, and he wouldn't have to use the stalls in men's bathroom to get it!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2007 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Craig, Ashcroft, and Lott, should have called themselves the Three Hypocrites plus one! Jeffords can be excused. He can't figure what he is.

Posted by: Doowadiddy | August 29, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The 4 singing senators has nothing to do with his sinful wrong doings. Lott, Jeffords nor Ashcroft were involved. For you who suggest that Ashcroft and Lott are hypocrits, where have there been inconsistencies in their behavior/records? Sure, Lott is racist. Ashcroft is a Conservative Christian that stands up for his beliefs. That's not hypocritical. Lott is from a state that rewards racism, which is why Lott is a safe senator for as long as he chooses to be. Ashcroft now is Dean of Regent Law School in Virginia. Again, the man has clear beliefs and stands up for them. Jim Jeffords was always a soft spoken, moderate Republican that stood for what he believed to be right, regardless of party. Jeffords knows exactly what he is, and that is a man that stands for Vermont values. I'd suggest that's why Vermont loves him. He endorsed independent Bernie Sanders for senate in 06' and he won Jefford's seat by a landslide. He also endorsed Republican gov. of Vermont Jim Douglas, who won a tough round for any Republican in Vt.

These 3 men, however, have nothing to do at all with Senator's Graig's behavior. Sen. Graig should step down and allow Jim Risch to represent Idaho as their newest US Senator. What he did goes against things he claims to represent as a US Senator. If he is gay, he should admit his problem, seek forgiveness from his family and God, then begin to correct his problem. Yes, I agree with Bill Richardson, I think the gay lifestyle is a choice.

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