WASHINGTON - The officer who arrested Sen. Larry Craig in a police undercover operation at an airport men's room accused the senator of lying to him during an interrogation afterward, according to an audiotape of the arrest.
On the tape, released Thursday by the Minneapolis Airport Police, the Idaho Republican senator, in turn, accuses the officer of soliciting him for sex.
When I first heard about Senator Craig's activities in the airport men's room I must admit that I was a bit joyous, another hypocrite, spouting about high moral values, married with children and seeking anonymous sex from another man in a bathroom.
Then it just got sadder and uglier. He held a news conference proclaiming he wasn't gay (OK, maybe he's bisexual) and that he didn't know why he pleaded guilty and didn't retain counsel (and this guy's a U.S. Senator!!) is he stupid? Then more stories come out about his dalliances in other places, all public.
All of sudden the GOP (Gay Ole Party?) is asking for his resignation and now it comes out that he was lying to the police after his arrest and blaming him for entrapment, why didn't he mention this at his press conference?
This story has many different angles: another closeted homophobe bashing gays in public and privately seeking their touch; GOP legislators asking for Craig's resignation yet looking the other way on Senator Vitter's "massages" from an opposite sex prostitute; and a pathetic 62 year old man not being able to face his true self and hating himself so much that he has anonymous encounters in public places and practically begging to get caught.
So sad. It reminded me of a book I read by John Grisham called The Brethren although in the book the closeted gay Republican is running for President. I think it's about time the GOP stopped attacking gays.