Former Sen. Larry “Tappy” Craig is back in the news. You’d think he’d just shut up, pay the freight and move on to spare himself further embarrassment from his 2007 arrest for attempted cottaging, but it’s not to be. Now Craig’s lawyers are arguing that his using campaign money for legal defense was within the law because Craig did his bathroom tap routine while on official business:

If you recall, Craig, a Republican from Idaho, was arrested during a sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Craig used a bathroom there during a layover, when an undercover officer said Craig sexually solicited him by tapping his foot.

Craig pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor but after his case became public he tried to renege.

The Federal Elections Commission sued him for using more than $216,000 in campaign money for that legal fight.

The Associated Press reports today a federal judge “sounded skeptical” over Craig’s defense.

Sitting on a toilet looking for a taxpayer to screw could pass as an official congressional duty, so maybe Craig’s on to something there.


22 Responses to “Former Sen. Larry Craig Argues He Should Be Able to Use Campaign Funds for Legal Defense Because Airport Restroom Shoe-Tappin’ Was Part of His Job”

  1. Granny55 on March 14th, 2013 8:24 pm

    Marsh! You were tappin' your toe on the other thread – where are you?????

  2. Marshall_Will on March 14th, 2013 8:25 pm

    Scariest photshop yet! ( What do you MEAN it wasn't a photoshop? )

    In fairness my homophobic co-bloggers; I'm sure it's an undercover cop's "dream detail" to be pretending to use a stall for hours at a time on these cottage-outs too! Especially when the sting was never designed to ensnare sitting senators but b/c family guys complained it was going on when they brought their young sons to use the facilities.

    But dad I really REALLY gotta' GO..? Come aloooong son..!

  3. Granny55 on March 14th, 2013 8:26 pm

    What the hell is wrong with these RINO's – Just go away!!!! I still think we need a third party – just to dump these a$$holes.

  4. Truesoldier__ on March 14th, 2013 8:32 pm

    So Doug what you are saying is that Craig is still trying to tap dance his way out of this.

  5. Truesoldier__ on March 14th, 2013 8:33 pm

    O/T, but I thought we all needed a good laugh:

    3/14/13 12:43 PM EDT
    Happy Pi Day! A chance to remember that budget negotiations aren't the only thing that's endless and irrational.

  6. SignPainterGuy on March 14th, 2013 8:40 pm

    It does look like the R party is incorrigible ! Getting enough people behind it is the problem !

  7. Truesoldier__ on March 14th, 2013 8:58 pm

    Nah, we just need to dump the RINO's into the party they belong in…the Democratic party.

    Seriously though, It would be fun to have the Conservatives band together and create a new viable thrid party just to watch Boehner weep as he has to hand over the gavel to a real Conservative on the House side and watch McConnell's jowels jiggle as he has to give up his power in the Senate.

  8. Truesoldier__ on March 14th, 2013 9:04 pm

    When I hear about cops on sting operations like this one it always makes me wonder just who did they piss off to get stuck on that detail?

  9. Doug on March 14th, 2013 11:24 pm

    Still tappin'!

  10. Doug on March 14th, 2013 11:24 pm

    On the Twitter feed over to the left I linked to a few Pi jokes that were pretty good.

  11. SignPainterGuy on March 15th, 2013 1:15 am

    Snickerliciousness, that Pi !!

  12. Marshall_Will on March 15th, 2013 1:23 am

    Sush..! ( Do you gotta' go telling everybody..? ) Lol

    Sorry, Doug's Wiki ref. was so repulsive ( I'm sure totally UNintentionally? ) you couldn't help but have fun with it! To read their, ever helpful instruction, you're left w/ the impression the Great Outing did away w/ all this, dangerous behavior by welcoming it more into the mainstream fold.

  13. Marshall_Will on March 15th, 2013 1:26 am

    Heard of "The Other Guys"?

    ( Well these are the OTHER 'other' Guys… )

  14. SignPainterGuy on March 15th, 2013 2:09 am

    Happy Pi Day right back at`chall !

  15. Marshall_Will on March 15th, 2013 2:22 am

    TOLD ya' not to leave stuff out on the counter!

  16. SignPainterGuy on March 15th, 2013 3:16 am

    Felix was sound asleep when I put the Pi down !

  17. Granny55 on March 15th, 2013 11:10 am

    My daughter has two mutts that are just plain bad, bad dogs. We ate our Christmas dinner around 6 pm and we were too stuffed to enjoy the delicious cheesecake my daughter had made. So about 8 pm we hauled out the cheese cake and indulged. We were watching a movie in the family room – just about 10 feet from the kitchen counter. Those two damn dogs ate the rest of the cheese cake without nary a sound!!!

  18. jeffythequick on March 15th, 2013 11:52 am

    au contraire, Granny…

    We need a real 2nd party. Let the Progressive-R and Progressive-D party merge. We'll take the conservative D's and the R's into the Tea Party.

  19. SignPainterGuy on March 15th, 2013 12:20 pm

    Sen. Craig`s case was not the first time I heard or heard of suspicious noises and goings on in restrooms, but it changed the overall experience for ever !

  20. SignPainterGuy on March 15th, 2013 12:27 pm

    On a side street used as a shortcut to avoid downtown one winter there was a smashed squirrel that laid there for days, getting thinner and drier. One really cold day I had to slow as a hunting dog pranced across the street, squirrel cracker Pi in his mouth, head and tail held so high his feet barely touched the ground. Bless his heart, he thought he had something !

  21. Marshall_Will on March 15th, 2013 1:27 pm


    We had (2) girls so I never had any experience as a father accompanying a young son to the public restroom. I can't imagine how disturbing and humiliating it must be for dads unfortunate enough to be forced into a non-explanation 'explanation'? Kids are curious about the world around them and are naturally drawn to sights AND sounds.

    Militant gheys don't see what we're all 'upset' about and in twisted minds feel this 'forwards' their agenda. This is really about *exhibitionism* and shock value! They WANT to "get caught" b/c private, bedroom action simply isn't cutting it any more. Without ever spiralling escalation.., you might as well be a square hetero?

    Sorry but after 15 yrs. of working in downtown Portland, well you pretty much see it all. Whether you want to or not? ( Have there ever been straight waiters in Portland? )

  22. SignPainterGuy on March 15th, 2013 1:55 pm

    You can`t avoid them all together ! Yesterdays clerk at the Lowe`s checkout was flaming pink on a medium burn. Lowe`s has a policy of asking customers for their ph. #s, "claiming" it isn`t about forming a "list", but instead, so you can get returns and exchanges easier. I argued enough that "Yes Honey, it IS a list …. and I don`t want on it !" so I just say, "No thanks !" Well, "Johnny" oddly enough didn`t ask for my #, the first in a long time. I just don`t know what to think except, "Thank you for not asking !"

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