Bil Browning

Out of Idaho

Filed By Bil Browning | October 18, 2006 2:33 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Idaho, Larry Craig, Republicans, Senate, the closet

Pssst. Did you hear about the Republican Senator from Idaho? He's the latest casualty in the Foley fallout. Was he sending "naughty e-mails?" No. Acting inappropriately with pages? Nope.

Senator Larry Craig (R - ID) was having sex with other men in restrooms. Or so says Mike Rogers of BlogActive.

As this message is posted, I have apppeared on the Ed Schultz Show, a nationally syndicated radio program broadcast in more than 100 cities and on Sirius Satellite. On the show I have called on Senator Larry Craig to end his years of hypocrisy by leveling with Idahoans about who he really is. I am also calling upon several prominent Idaho social conservative leaders to ask them how they square their anti-gay positions with their support for this leader.

I have done extensive research into this case, including trips to the Pacific Northwest to meet with men who have say they have physical relations with the Senator. I have also met with a man here in Washington, D.C., who says the same -- and that these incidents occurred in the bathrooms of Union Station. None of these men know each other, or knew that I was talking to others. They all reported similar personal characteristics about the Senator, which lead me to believe, beyond any doubt, that their stories are valid.

Senator-Larry-Craig.2.jpgSo what do you think readers? Should Craig be a target? He has a 0% scoring record with HRC on LGBT issues. He voted in favor of the federal marriage amendment. He voted no to protecting LGBT folks from workplace discrimination. He wasn't in favor of expanding hate crimes laws to cover sexual orientation. He's married and has a 100% voting record with the Christian Coalition.

If this outing trend continues (and it usually goes through three or four targets before running its course for another little while), you have to wonder who the next target will be... I keep advocating that the sniveling little right-wing lap dog state senator who inherited all of his money from his "daddy" (no real relation, of course!) should be one of the first to be shown the door of the closet. He's not the only closet case on both sides of the Hoosier aisle though. Anyone else want to start naming names? Better have your evidence handy though...

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Does this poster's "evidence" consist only of his "visits" to the Northwest and his "talk" with a man in DC? Have you seen the evidence, Bil?

To me, "evidence" would be: sworn statements from participants, noting times, dates, and confirmed in some salient way with the Senator's schedule to see that he was actually in those locations at those times. Ya got those, and we're talking evidence. If, on the other hand, you have this man's accusations, then it's flimsy. Mayhaps true, but flimsy.

I understand the anger and frustration we have with people who hate us so. If they're hypocrites, then...their times will come. And hopefully not in these ways. Nobody wins these kinds of war. I guess I'm prescribing the "turn the other cheek" mentality, but I know it's difficult. I suspect a few things about a couple of state legislators, one of them a leader...but, ya know, until he's ready, or someone else steps forward with proven information, I'm only theorizing based on strong (VERY strong!) internal radar.

This is dangerous stuff. I'd rather our issues rise to the top on their natural merits, than see guys like Craig, as reprehensible as they are, be the subject of such tawdry accusations.
With an overwhelming majority of the public, these kinds of accusations are viewed as double-crap" crap on the accused and accuser. True crap storms.

This guy's accusations are, frankly, the kind of stuff that will drive people even further into the closet. Kinder hearts oughta rule.

By the by, he's kinda trollish. But, they say there's somebody for everyone. Go figure.

Tawdry accusations ... ya got to be kidding! Nothing about my life has ever been shameful or cheap or contemptible ... yada, yada, yada ... nor has there ever been a week go by that I haven't been falsely presumed to be heterosexual! If they can freely accuse and speculate, so can we.

Marla R. Stevens | November 15, 2006 6:34 AM

Hooray, Kay! "...nor has there ever been a week go by that I haven't been falsely presumed to be heterosexual! If they can freely accuse and speculate, so can we."

If this wasn't already on the blog, I'd have to post it as a Quote of the Day!!