Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sen. Craig Airport Restroom a Tourist Attraction
I am sure you all remember Sen Larry Craig as the pro-horse slaughter rep that kept stalling and blocking our anti-horse slaughter bills....and the one who got caught soliciting sex in a mens room at an airport.
In this Sept. 17, 2007 file photo, the bathroom at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis where U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested in a sex sting. Officials say the men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested in a sex sting has lost interest as a tourist stop.
BOISE, Idaho - The men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where Republican Sen. Larry Craig was arrested in a sex sting is losing it appeal as a tourist stop, an official said.
"We're getting there," said Patrick Hogan, director of public affairs for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. "I think we'll all be glad when there's no special interest in that restroom."
Craig was accused of soliciting sex in the bathroom in June 2007 and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in August 2007.
One person had offered to buy the restroom stall for $5,000, Hogan said, but airport officials "don't sell fixtures for novelty purposes."
Though tourist interest has withered, the surge of publicity from Craig's arrest helped end the type of activity in the restroom that had prompted lewd-conduct complaints, he said.
Plans to modify the restroom to prevent occupants from passing signals were scrapped because complaints dropped.
"It is the busiest restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International," Hogan told The Spokesman-Review. "It's right in the middle of our main thoroughfare."
Craig - who has maintained his innocence and heterosexuality - has said he only pleaded guilty to keep the embarrassing situation quiet. He attempted to withdraw his guilty plea but the Minnesota Court of Appeals earlier this month rejected the appeal.
Craig, who said he was considering another appeal, did not seek re-election in last month's election for the seat he has held for 18 years. He will be replaced in January by Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, a Republican.