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Double standard?  Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) committed a crime when he solicited an undercover cop for sex in a Minneapolis public restroom.  Republicans immediately distanced themselves from him and called for his resignation.  Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) also committed a crime when he solicited and engaged in sexual activity with prostitutes in Washington DC and Louisiana on multiple occasions.  Republicans have supported him and not called for his resignation.  Are Republicans supporting Vitter and denouncing Craig because Vitter's misconduct involved heterosexual activity and Craig's misconduct involved homosexual activity?  You decide.

Sen. Larry Craig filed papers Monday to withdraw his guilty plea in hennepin County, Minnesota.  He pled guilty to disorderly conduct after he allegedly solicited an undercover police officer for sex in a public restroom.  Craig had announced that he would resign from the U.S. Senate on September 30, but now he says that he will resign only if he is unable to withraw his guilty plea.

 

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Turns out that Sen Craig's "character witnesses," his children Michael Craig and Shea Howell, have a few character issues themselves.  Here's the rundown.

Sen. Craig was arrested in a public restroom for soliciting sex from a cop (he says it was a "misunderstanding"). Michael and Shea appeared on Good Morning America last week to clarify that "misunderstanding" on behalf of their father. 

At the time of their appearance, there was an arrest warrant out for Shea because she failed to make a criminal court appearance. The initial charges against her were "unlawful entry" and "malicius destruction of property".

Not to be outdone, Michael has a history of battery and sexual abuse of women. In 2003, he pled guilty to a charge of battering his wife and a restraining order was placed against him.  His wife sought shelter at St. Mark's Crisis Action Center in Boise, an intervention services center for families in crisis. In 1993, a Michael's girlfriend got a restraining order against him for battering her and breaking her nose. He pled guilty to the charge.   In 1988, Michael was charged with the felony statutory rape of a 16 year old girl.  The charges were later dropped.

With real life stories like this, who needs cable?

 

Sen. Craig wasn't the first "Tapping Tom" to tap dance for a tryst.  Word of men having anonymous sex with other men in restrooms and other public places is the oldest of old news. The Austin-American Statesman published an article about a 1970s study of the practice.

Back in the 1960s, "naughty" behavior in public restrooms was called the "Tearoom Trade."   A young graduate student from Washington University in St. Louis, Laud Humphreys, wanted to know what compelled men to have random, anonymous sexual encounters in public places. So he started hanging out in public restrooms to peep the behavior and find out.  The result of his voyeurism and 100 interviews with men involved in the "tearoom trade" was his doctoral dissertion: "Trearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Personal Places."

Humphreys observed that "the men [interested in bathroom sex] would use silent signals - call and response foot-tapping and finger-pointing - to seek willing partners.... 54 percent of the men were married and living with their wives; 38 percent considered themselves neither bisexual nor homosexual. The men wanted a sexual release that was quick and would not endanger their standing with their family or society. Just 14 percent of the men identified themselves as living-in-the-open homosexuals."

The results of the study - that men engaging in homosexual sex in the bathrooms were heterosexual (or at least living as such) and not gay - were very controversial at the time. So controversial, that Humphreys lost his job over the study.  Many people wanted to know why Humphreys, who was a married fether of two, was so interested watching other men get it on in the bathroom.  Years later, the truth came out, and so did he. He's gay.

 

 

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