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Larry “Wide Stance” Craig Defends Bathroom Shenanigans As “Official Duties”

Former Idaho Senator and Minnesota-St. Paul International Airport dilettante Larry Craig is using a novel defense in his ongoing dispute with the Federal Election Commission over campaign funds that paid for his legal team to dream up his infamous “wide-stance” defense.

Craig’s argument? Despite how playing footsie with an uncovered cop in an airport bathroom stall might have looked, he is actually allowed to use money from his political war chest on lawyers because—get your smelling salts ready—bathrooms are covered under official government business!

Moreover, there is precedent: According to reports, Craig cites the case of former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona, who used campaign funds to defend himself against allegations of impropriety with two male pages in 2006.  Back then, the FEC concluded that the legal fees were “ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in connection with his duty as a House member,” and approved using campaign money.

Which got us thinking: If this sort of thing can be expensed, why  bother with the cramped conditions of a bathroom? Get yourself a hotel room!

By:           victor hoff
On:           Aug 7, 2012
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  • 14 Comments
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      At this point, you’ve got to wonder which lives in greater denial, Mr. or Mrs.? And how much is she going to watch him piss away on lawyers before she walks?

      Aug 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL
      LadyL

      You know, I would comment– but Queerty would only flag it as “inappropriate.”

      Aug 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID
      PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      ewwwww! that face, that grin, it still reminds me of skeletor.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      Well, he sort of has a point – he plead guilty to a reduced and generic charge such as disorderly conduct, which could have meant he had a major meltdown and started to act out or any of other things beside what he was accused of doing. His legal expenses included trying to take back the plea for political reasons after the reason for the arrest became public, and that is arguably campaign-related. Plus, his legal manipulations helped him “run out the clock” to avoid being censured or expelled by the Senate Ethics Committee, as there would be little point given that he did not seek re-election as long as he stalled the proceedings long enough.

      Of course, its rather ironic given what his donors ended up paying for given the homophobia prevalent in his state.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lubbockgaymale
      lubbockgaymale

      I guess he’s gonna prove his poop don’t stink, eh? Sure smells to the rest of the world, though.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bobbyjimmy
      bobbyjimmy

      He is washed up and gross looking too. He is the complete package! Vomit time.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise
      samwise

      Talk about taking a dump on his constituents.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      This old queen needs to be honest for his wife’s sake, I’m sure she is embarrassed

      Aug 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raymond Saint-Pierre
      Raymond Saint-Pierre

      Talk about reaching out to your non-constituents!!!

      Aug 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kris
      Kris

      Looks like she lost some weight. Still triggers my gag reflex though. Tell her to just dress up as Eve Arden and troll the streets of Boise and go away.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kevin in Cincy
      Kevin in Cincy

      @Rockery: Why should (and would) that Toilet Troll be honest for his wife’s sake now? He obviously didn’t give a sh*t about her @ the time (and I’m sure THAT was just the tip of the iceberg). I’d say it’s a pretty good bet (given the slap on the limp wrist he got) that his basic lack of character doesn’t allow for much self-reflection and/or remorse… :(

      Aug 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CarnacTheMagnificent
      CarnacTheMagnificent

      Larry – you are a pathetic closet case …all the worse because as your political power has waned, you have lost your expedient ways to meet cute young men in the political sphere. Too bad Larry, not only has your charade been exposed, but you now are just another aging queen – but even worse because you refuse to acknowledge what you really are.

      Aug 8, 2012 at 4:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @CarnacTheMagnificent: Don’t feel to sorry for him. A great deal of these disgraced politicians go on to do speaking tours and gigs at universities. If he plays his cards right he might end up with a classroom full of students, even hot gay and straight males, hanging on his every word.

      Aug 8, 2012 at 9:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 1 · dvlaries · wrote, “At this point, you’ve got to wonder which lives in greater denial, Mr. or Mrs.? And how much is she going to watch him piss away on lawyers before she walks?”

      Larry may be pissing away a fortune on lawyers, but he is/was pissing away money (campaign contributions) that he can’t legally spend on his wife. She probably doesn’t mind – draining the campaign funds means he’ll have to stay around the house under he watchful eye. Meanwhile, his stalling tactics let him complete his term of office, which probably had a positive effect on his pension, which his wife shares.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 12:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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