Skip to comments.Haggard’s Escort Alleges That Craig Visited Him Too
Posted on 10/07/2007 1:19:40 PM PDT by AdamSelene235
Question: Whats harder to get rid of than a cold? Answer: The Republicans getting rid of Senator Larry Craig.
Its a story with (wide stance) legs. And a new allegation:
The male escort responsible for the downfall of Christian evangelist leader Ted Haggard is now alleging that embattled Senator Larry Craig also came to see him.
While promoting his new book during a radio interview with KNWQ-AM in Palm Springs Wednesday night, Mike Jones hesitated from making the allegation on the air.
Management for the radio station says Jones told them he would reveal something about Idaho Senator Larry Craig on the Bulldog Bill Feingold Show.
While he hesitated doing so on the air, a NewsChannel 3 camera was rolling when he made the accusation during a commercial break.
Feingold asked whether the Senator had seen Jones in a hotel room.
Jones responded, No, he came to see me.
Jones then added, His travel records to Denver have been documented. Thats what I wanted to say.
NewsChannel 3 asked Senator Craigs office to comment on the allegations that Craig came to Denver to see Jones, who calls himself a gay escort.
Craigs office said in response, Mike Jones allegations are completely false.
An allegation that will prove to be true? Or an allegation made to capitalize on a big story? No matter what, it remains an allegation.
But the case of Craig and the GOP is starting to resemble the classic comedy movie, What About Bob.
In that film, a psychiatrist played by Richard Dreyfus cant get rid of his patient, played by Murray. Each time he thinks its over and hes gotten rid of him, he shows up. And as the patient gets stronger, the psychiatrist gets weaker.
In case youve been on Mars or visiting the Minneapolis airport restroom where Craig was arrested which has become a big tourist attraction (are pay toilets in its future?) Craig, who pleaded guilty to disorderly bathroom conduct, had first said he would resign. But then he changed his mind about resigning and said he would wait to see what happened in his effort to try to get his guilty plea withdrawn. The judge said no so now Craig changed his mind about resigning if he lost in court and says hell stick out it out for the remainder of his term.
As I continued to work for Idaho over the past three weeks here in the Senate, I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively, Craig said in a statement. I will continue my effort to clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee - something that is not possible if I am not serving in the Senate.
..I believe the best thing for him to do is keep his word, said Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Its embarrassing for the Senate, its embarrassing for his party, Ensign said.
Other GOP senators agreed. He ought to keep his word, said Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. And Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota said, I thought the original decision was the right thing to do.
(Keeping his word? Isnt that asking Craig to do something politicians dont do? )
The betting now is that GOPers will try to force Craig out via Senate Ethics Committee hearings, but that vote cant lead to his expulsion only censure and there are no signs Craig intends to leave before he intends to leave.
Meanwhile, Craigs decision to dig in his heels (versus tapping his foot three times which got him into trouble at the airport) has thrown the GOP in Idaho into a state of dismay:
A lot of Republicans in Idaho think they need to sit down on a good shrinks couch right now, said Tracy Lotz, a vice-chairman of the state Republican Party until last year. Were in shock.
Unaccustomed to political relevance, Idaho has endured more than a month of political parody - and that was before Craig provided new material by saying he would stay in office, after all.
Some profess a respect for Craig for showing an indigenous moxie in telling off the national Republicans who tried to force him out, and some insist he has done nothing wrong. Yet it is also clear from interviews with people across the state that Craig has lost considerable support as he attempts to finish out his term.
Many people say his repeated revision of his plans to serve and not serve has served only himself and has ruined his credibility.
Hes using politics, and thats not really what his roots are, said Jim Warren, superintendent of the Midvale School District, where Craig, 62, attended a one-room schoolhouse until he was in the seventh grade. People here really pride themselves on keeping their word.
Right now the outlook is for Craig to remain with his name still in the headlines as the committee hearings unfold. Craig might also be expected to take some strong political stand or make some comments that help him be more known again as a Republican politician versus someone who hurriedly left a stall without flushing when a police credential was flashed at him.
One theory is that Craig and his associates believe he has nothing to lose if he stays. His state will surely vote for a Republican to succeed him, no matter whether its one who is appointed or one who follows him after his term. And, the theory goes, the jokes have run their course.
Perhaps, but the Larry Craig jokes still rage on the internet in sites such as THIS, THIS and THIS. There is even a site with the Top 10 Larry Craig Bathroom Pick Up Lines.
And none of them are funny.
Don’t be too sure that ID will vote Republican in 2008 for the Senate? Ever heard of Frank Church?
While promoting his new book during a radio interview with KNWQ-AM in Palm Springs Wednesday night, ....
The US might not deserve the Democratic flood they're likely about to get, but the GOP sure as hell deserves to drown in it. I've never been more disgusted with the Christian right than I am right now.
Everyone has demons and human weaknesses but this is clearly above average deviance for ANY group, much less one who spouts Christian morals.
I’ve never been more disgusted with the Christian right than I am right now.
That’s an awfully broad brush you paint with.
Barney Frank = gay member of congress
If Craig resigns so should Frank.
Maybe I'm not with the times. What's a male escort? I've heard of female escorts where men rent a woman date to show up at (mens?) events. But, I seem to read these are just modern day names for protitutes.
Where would Mike Jones escort Craig to? Isn't Jones simply a homosexual prostitute.
The story becomes more bizarre as Bill Murray gets dragged into this story as a simile to Jones.
Indeed it is. But the "few bad apples" defense wears a little thin when this stuff happens again. And again. And AGAIN!
Hell, to my knowledge, Larry Flynt and his bottom feeders have never been found to have made an accusation like this that was false! I'm getting tired of sticking up for this crowd as essentially good and being embarassed by s**t like this over and over.
Well if Craig has to go, then Barney Franks has to go. The Dem’s better keep out of this one!
C'mon! Did you just fall off the turnip truck? The RATS have never....***never***.....claimed to have any morality.Just "compassion".
I guess you would have to include a whole bunch of Catholics and their church(a majority of them are Democrats) You should be disgusted with them as well, to follow your logic!
The cry of “Compassion”, the whited wool over the ravenous wolf! There is no true compassion with-out inner purity!
And they might be telling the truth.
He didn’t want to do it on the air where it sould go from slamder to libel.
Read where stories about his sexuality have been circulating for over 20 years. One has to wonder where there’s smoke there’s fire.
I am Catholic and yes I was disgusted, extremely. But the foibles of sick priests were an internal matter for the Church and didn't and don't threaten the philosophical direction of my country.
When the leaders of the political bloc that are a cornerstone of support for the conservative movement engage in this behavior at these disproportionate levels, I'm sorry, that's condemnable to me. And if the patience of a broken glass Republican like me is at its limit, what's an independent guy thinking right now?
We're not talking about simple adultery with these cases. Pick your headline for the past couple years: this is perversion, drugs, and illegality. If one can't live up to the ideals he espouses any better than that, they have no business leading the movement.
Honestly, aren't you sick to death of being blindsided with stories and having to make apologies for this stuff?! Call a spade a spade.