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Sen. Larry Craig (R) Arrested for Lewd Conduct

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Roll Call today broke a story that Senator Larry Craig, a veteran republican senator from Idaho was arrested in in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom.

After his arrest, Senator Larry Craig was taken to the Airport Police Operations Center for an interview about the lewd conduct incident, according to the police report. "At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, “What do you think about that?” the report states" writes Roll Call.

The definition for what is considered a lewd act varies greatly. According to, the legal definition for the term "lewd” is: “Any conduct that is considered indecent or offensive. Today the term is often used when referring to pornography, prostitution and indecent exposure."

Senator Larry Craig's official website has a response to the incidence, which we quote below.

Statement of Senator Craig:

BOISE, ID - Idaho Senator Larry Craig made the following statement in response to the Roll Call story this afternoon:

"At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct.

"I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously."

It should be mentioned that Senator Craig is married, and documents show that he was placed on unsupervised probation for a year. A sentence of 10 days in the county workhouse was stayed.


Submitted by erku on
I don't know if Senator Larry Craig has been part of lewd conduct or no, but one thing is clear: the society and the watchdog organizations should do more to bring more ethics and morality into politics. Even if this is not true (but keep in mind, Craig was arrested) this even with Senator Craig breaks the public confidence on authority. Just too many scandals recently.

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