Larry Craig’s national embarrassment has other shady Republicans running scared.
Louisiana GOP leader Joey DiFatta dropped out of a Senate run Thursday. Though he claimed his departure came after chest pains, many speculate he withdrew ahead of a report citing two 1996 lewd conduct stops.
One incident involved a peeping tom accusation, while the other went a little further.
In the second incident, Jefferson Parish deputies working an undercover detail in a men’s bathroom at Dillard’s at Lakeside Shopping Center in March 2000 stopped DiFatta after he indicated a desire to engage in sex with an undercover deputy in an adjoining bathroom stall, according to an interoffice memorandum written by Sgt. Keith Conley, one of the deputies involved in the investigation.
The report said DiFatta slid his foot into the deputy’s stall and tapped the deputy’s foot. In the report, Conley noted that such activity is common among men to indicate a willingness to participate in sex.
The deputy inside the stall, Detective Wayne Couvillion, responded by tapping his foot, and DiFatta reached under the partition and began to rub the deputy’s leg, the report states.
The detective asked DiFatta, “What do you want?” according to the report, and he replied, “I want to play with you.”
Gross. That sounds like something Cal Bostock would say.
The complainant in the first incident dropped the charges. The second potential charge ended when children came into the bathroom and the officer ended the investigation.
DiFatta, meanwhile, insists he did nothing wrong:
If I had done something wrong, I would have been arrested. I was not. I will deny that I was involved in any activity of that nature.
The police report, however, says DiFatta admitted he was looking for sex and had been feeling gay as of late:
Download the entire report. It’s not as intriguing as Bob Allen’s, but definitely worth a glance.