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Larry Craig Men's Room Losing Appeal as Tourist Destination


Earlier this month, Larry Craig lost his appeal in the Minneapolis men's room sex sting case, and now it appears that the transportation tearoom where it all took place is suffering the same fate:

"'We're getting there,' said Patrick Hogan, director of public affairs for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. 'I think we'll all be glad when there's no special interest in that restroom.' ... One person had offered to buy the restroom stall for $5,000, Hogan said, but airport officials 'don't sell fixtures for novelty purposes.' Though tourist interest has withered, the surge of publicity from Craig's arrest helped end the type of activity in the restroom that had prompted lewd-conduct complaints, he said. Plans to modify the restroom to prevent occupants from passing signals were scrapped because complaints dropped."

Photo above from this blogger's tourist visit last Christmas.

And, the best Larry Craig quote of 2008, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Larry Craig Loses Appeal in Men's Room Sex Sting Case


First Florida's Bob Allen, now Larry Craig. The courts aren't giving these guys any bathroom breaks.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today that Idaho Senator Larry Craig cannot withdraw his guilty plea in the disorderly conduct conviction surrounding his solicitation of an undercover cop for sex in the Minneapolis airport men's room.

The Minnesota Independent reports:

"That means Craig is stuck with having copped in District Court to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly signaling an interest in engaging in sex via foot taps from one restroom stall to another in which a undercover police officer was staked out. The decision’s 'unpublished' status means the court doesn’t want their ruling used as precedent in future cases — interesting, in view of charges that Craig sought special treatment or was being singled out for preferential or especially harsh treatment because of his status as a U.S. Senator."

Larry Craig issued a statement: "I am extremely disappointed by the action of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. I disagree with their conclusion and remain steadfast in my belief that nothing criminal or improper occurred at the Minneapolis airport. I maintain my innocence, and currently my attorneys and I are reviewing the decision and looking into the possibility of appealing. I would like to thank all of those who have continued to support me and my family throughout this difficult time."

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Senator Larry Craig to Tap 'Fund for Justice' to Clear His Name


Senator Larry "not gay" Craig will never give up.

After receiving a "Public Letter of Admonition" from the Senate Ethics Committee in February for using leftover campaign funds to finance the quest to have his guilty plea overturned in the Minneapolis airport gay sex sting case, Craig began the formation of a fund to replace it.

The Idaho Statesman reports: "Sen. Larry Craig says the Senate Ethics Committee has cleared him to form a legal expense fund to back his year-long effort to reverse his guilty plea for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Craig calls the new fundraising committee the Fund for Justice, according to Congressional Quarterly. Craig told CQ on Thursday that he's soliciting donations. 'I'm working at it now,' said the Idaho Republican who is retiring in January after 28 years in Congress."

Craig is required to file a public report disclosing activity, including names of contributors, to the fund in mid-October.

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Larry Craig Men's Room Sex Case Back in Court Today


Arguments are to be heard today in court in St. Paul, Minnesota regarding the appeal of U.S. Senator Larry Craig's disorderly conduct conviction surrounding his solicitation of an undercover cop for sex in an airport bathroom, the Star Tribune reports:

"The case will be heard in St. Paul by Court of Appeals Judges Thomas Kalitowski, Natalie Hudson and Louise Bjorkman. The judges generally take cases under advisement and issue written rulings within weeks. Craig is asking to withdraw his guilty plea in the case stemming from his arrest in the summer of 2007 in a men's room at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Hennepin County District Judge Charles Porter already has rejected Craig's request to withdraw the plea."

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