Remember Larry Craig, the Idaho Senator who was arrested for trying to pick up a cop in a Minneapolis airport bathroom stall, entered a guilty plea and then spent thousands of dollars keeping the scandal in the news by trying to convince the courts that he just has a "wide stance" when he urinates in a totally heterosexual manner in airport restrooms?
To pay for lawyers, Craig converted $217,000 of his campaign fund to personal use, a maneuver the Federal Election Commission took issue with in June, when they sued Craig, claiming his legal fees had no connection to his campaign for federal office. Craig's response: screwing with people is the official business of the U.S. Senate, he just took that charge less figuratively than most…
Craig counters that money tied to his airport bathroom trip was for neither personal use nor his campaign, but fell under his official, reimbursable duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and the nation's capital for work.
He cites a U.S. Senate rule in which reimbursable per diem expenses include all charges for meals, lodging, hotel fans, cleaning, pressing of clothing — and bathrooms.
"Not only was the trip itself constitutionally required, but Senate rules sanction reimbursement for any cost relating to a senator's use of a bathroom while on official travel," wrote Andrew Herman, Craig's lawyer in Washington, D.C.
Of course, most Americans manage to use the bathroom without incurring over $200,000 in legal expenses, but Craig seems to have legal precedent on his side. When Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona was investigated by the Department of Justice for a rafting trip he took with two male pages, the FEC concluded that Kolbe's legal expenses were an "ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in connection with his duty as a House member."
That is a very wide stance on the responsibilities of elected officials, but law's the law.
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Tags: FEC, Larry Craig
We've all done it: made an innocent gesture that is misinterpreted. For instance, during my commute today, I noticed one of my fingers was longer than the others. When I tried to show the guy next to me, he yelled something unrepeatable about my mother. Another time, a Senator from Idaho tapped his foot in a men's restroom and got arrested.
And now, as GOP candidate Herman Cain is learning, these gestures can come back to haunt you…
Telling a coworker they're the same height as your wife by holding a flat hand to your chin sounds innocent enough. It's not like he told the woman she had the same breast size as his wife (a hand gesture that can also be used to show how to hold two softballs in either hand), or that he would like to have sexual intercourse with her (the way you would gesture that your hip surgery was successful).
Perhaps Herman Cain should have made a circle with one hand and poked it with the pointer finger of his other hand. That would have let her know he was a happily married man and, as such, didn't mean anything inappropriate.
Tags: Herman Cain, Larry Craig, Primaries, Republicans, Scandalgate, Sex
"The next time some fool sends a picture of his penis somewhere and you think that resignation is the best alternative, I hope you'll remember the disaster in NY-9, the fact that Larry Craig didn’t resign, David Vitter’s easy re-election, and Charlie Rangel’s apparently successful quest to die in office."
Shame is definitely not a trait of any value in politics.
Tags: Anthony Weiner, Bob Turner, Charlie Rangel, David Vitter, Democrats, House of Representatives, Larry Craig, New York, Quote Unquote, Scandalgate
When Tosh.0 returns for its third season on January 11, its website will be getting a brand new background. And you can be the one to design it!
Go to this here post, and you can download an easy peasy Photoshop file ripe for your grass roots creativity. It's so easy, in fact, that we decided to take a few minutes and drop Mr. Tosh into a number of settings where one is more likely to find a politician than a basic cable TV host. Such as…
Click pics for larger versions. More after the jump.
Tags: Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer, Colin Powell, Daniel Tosh, Games and Challenges, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Larry Craig, Michael Steele, Sarah Palin, Senate, Tosh.0, Travel, White House
Hey, have you heard the good news? Turns out that gay conservative pastor Ted Haggard who was caught having multiple gay sex encounters with a gay sex male prostitute isn't gay after all…
Mr. Haggard said that is ridiculous. He portrays his encounter with the prostitute as a massage that went awry and said he doesn't have same-sex attractions. He dismisses as a "witch hunt" the findings of his former church that he engaged in a pattern of misconduct, including sordid talk and inappropriate relationships. (He said his only fault was cracking a few crude jokes.)
Aw, that's so nice to know. Glad he finally decided to set the record straight. So, in honor of his brave admission of having done nothing wrong, here's a collection of some of our favorite moments of the Daily Show reporting on Haggard and his fellow non-gay conservative anti-gay crusaders…
November 6, 2006: Ted Haggard
More incidents of Haggard's Law after the jump.
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Tags: Catholic Church, Christianity, Conservatives, Family Research Council, George Rekers, Haggard's Law, House of Representatives, Larry Craig, LGBT, Religion, Republicans, Senate, Ted Haggard