Eight men have now come forward claiming sexual encounters with Idaho Senator

  1. Warning: this report contains some sexual content


    Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, on Capitol Hill last September. Republicans privately acknowledged that their strategy to drive Craig from office backfired, sticking them with an open-ended ethics investigation as the 2008 election nears. (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP Photo)

    He Said, They Said: Craig Denies Claims of More Sexual Advances

    Sen. Larry Craig Calls Eight New Allegations of Gay Sex 'Completely False'


    Dec. 3, 2007 —

    Craig's list of accusers is getting longer.

    Two men, including a former male escort, have confirmed to ABC News the allegations that they've had sexual encounters with Idaho's embattled Sen. Larry Craig.

    Mike Jones, 50, told ABC News that Craig paid him $200 for sex during the winter of 2004-2005.

    A second man, a 50-year old former Army captain, also told ABC News that Craig made sexual advances toward him in the men's room of a Republican gathering in Washington state in 1981.

    The men were two of eight new people who claimed encounters with Craig in an article published Sunday by the Idaho Statesman newspaper. (click here to listen to audio tapes of interviews with the men).

    Craig released a statement today calling the accusations "completely false." He also renewed his intention to serve out the rest of his term. "I will not let this paper's attempt to malign my name stop me from continuing my work to serve the people of Idaho."

    Both men who talked to ABC News said they were frustrated with what they saw as the senator's continuing "hypocrisy'' about his sexuality. Craig has a history as a Republican legislator of opposing gay marriage and gay rights. Jones, the former male escort, also said he was paid to have sex with the Rev.Ted Haggard, who first denied, then admitted to the encounter. In November 2006, Haggard resigned as president of the National Evangelical Association.

    Four men have identified themselves publicly to the newspaper and claimed to have had sexual encounters with Craig, and four more men have made claims but refused to allow their names to be used.

    Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after he was accused by an undercover police officer of soliciting gay sex in the men's room of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. After a press conference in which he angrily denied that he was a homosexual, he changed his plans to step down from his office. While he has said he won't run for another term, he plans to finish out his current term, which ends in January 2009.
    The newspaper reported that it conducted background checks on five of the men, and found nothing to disprove their claims. The newspaper also said it verified Craig's travel records where possible.

    The Statesman acknowledged that it had not uncovered any definitive evidence of the claims. ''There are no videos, no love letters, no voice messages,'' wrote veteran Statesman reporter Dan Popkey. "Like last August,'' he wrote, referring to news of Craig's detention at the Minnesota airport, "they are he-said, he-said allegations about a man seeking discreet sex from partners whom he counted on to never tell."
    But that discretion was apparently not honored.

    '30 Seconds Later, He Was Next to Me at the Urinal

    Greg Ruth, 50, a photographer, told ABC News he distinctly remembers being showered with attention from then congressman Craig during a Republican Party reception in Couer d'Alene in the fall of 1981, when Ruth was an openly-gay, college Republican from the University of Puget Sound.

    "He was paying so much attention to me at the reception, asking me all kinds of questions about UPS, and I loved to talk, so I was just asking him all kinds of questions about what it's like to be a congressman,'' Ruth said Monday. "I remember asking somebody 'where's the bathroom?' and then I said, 'Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom.'

    "So I just went to the urinal, and I don't know, about 30 seconds later he was right there next to me at the urinal. He glanced over the little barricade at my penis.''
    Ruth said he remembered being a "little uncomfortable'' at that point, though he was clear that he hadn't been bothered by what he said were "clearly'' sexual advances from the congressman befpre that point.

    "I was like, 'Get away from me, dude,'' Ruth told ABC News.

    Ruth said that Craig "gave me a smile. "He didn't touch me or anything like that. I don't think he tapped his foot or anything like that,'' he said, giggling.

    "While we were washing our hands, he just said, 'If you ever get to Washington, please give me a call.'' Ruth said he was handed a white slip of paper with a phone number on it. He said he discarded the number long ago.

    "I wish I would have kept it, looking back now,'' he mused. "I'm thinking it would be so cool to have."

    Ruth said two longtime college buddies were with him at the time of his alleged encounter with Craig but had both asked that he not identify them, as they both have "aspirations'' in Washington state Republican politics.

    Ruth also provided ABC News with a cell phone number for his uncle, Gerald King, who confirmed to the Statesman that his nephew had shared the story about Craig with him back in 1981. ABC News was unable to immediately contact King, who told the Statesman he clearly remembered his nephew making the claims at the time.
    "I don't care if he's gay,'' Ruth said today of Craig. But, he said, referring to the senator's voting record on gay rights, "he's so anti-gay!''

    'Do You Follow Politics, Mike?'

    Mike Jones, 50, told ABC News that Craig paid $200 for mutual oral sex with the then-Denver-based escort/massage therapist. He said Craig stands out in his memory.
    "He's one of the few of my clients that did not totally take off all of his clothes,'' Jones said. He said Craig removed his coat and dress shirt but left his slacks, T-shirt and shoes on before climbing onto a massage table and requesting that Jones be naked. Jones said the pair engaged in mutual oral sex and masturbation.

    Jones said he was adept at "guessing'' the professions of his clients, and said he was sure Craig was a politician because "the first thing he asked me when he walked in was 'Mike, do you follow politics?' and when I said I did, he changed the subject right away!"

    Jones acknowledged that he contacted the Idaho newspaper to tell his story three months ago, after Craig reneged on a pledge to resign his office. He said he agreed to speak on the record only if other men were willing to come forward and identify themselves as well.

    You don't want to go through what I went through -- alone -- with Haggard,'' Jones said. "Everybody called me a liar,'' he said. "It was a year of hell."

    In 2006, Haggard initially denied Jones' allegations that the pair had gay sex, but he eventually resigned his powerful post as head of Colorado's New Life Church and acknowledged he was guilty of "sexually immoral conduct."

    Jones' credibility has been questioned ever since he published a book about his experience during the Haggard controversy, "I Had To Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall." He denies he was motivated by publicity for the book.

    "The book came out in June,'' he told ABC News. "If I really wanted to be a publicity hound, I would have come out [with his story] when the [Craig] was hot. I didn't. The Idaho Statesman had my story for three months. I left it up to them when to publish it, '' he said, adding again that he wanted others to come forward publicly before his tale was published.

    Jones said he would not have offered his story had the senator resigned, as he had said he intended to do after the scandal erupted late last summer.

    "Hypocrisy, that's the ultimate word,'' Jones said. "If it weren't for that, you would have never heard my story."

    Craig has long and loudly complained that the Idaho Statesman has long been on a witch hunt against him.

    "It is unfortunate that the Idaho Statesman has chosen to continue to lower itself to the standards of what can best be described as tabloid journalism,'' Craig said in a statement released to ABC News by Communications Director Dan Whiting.

    "Like its previous coverage," the statement goes on, "these latest allegations are completely false and have no basis in reality. In fact, the paper itself states that these baseless accusations contain no definitive evidence yet they still decided to print them anyway."
  2. I knew more would come forward. Not sure of the truth, and actually, don't care :shrugs:
  3. Politicians....liars in both their personal and professional lives.... {{{sigh}}}
  4. {yawn}
  5. "I. did. not. have. sexual. relations. with. that. .........
    male. prostitute!"


  6. :roflmfao:
  7. LMAO Roo... yup.

    Seriously, who's business is it anyway?
  8. Well normally it wouldn't be anyone's business but that man has been quite active in preventing gay people from getting equal rights, not to mention he's always been quick to judge others (did you see that video where he called Bill Clinton a naughty, naughty boy? CREEPY). He had it coming and he deserves all the things coming his way.

    I do feel kinda bad for his wife and his kids though, it can't be easy on them. Hopefully one day he'll be honest with himself and his loved ones and be able to live a real fulfilling life.
  9. Yup.

    But wow 8 more. He's been getting busy! Our hard earned tax dollars at work!
  10. You know, you are right. But I'd still like to see more proof that hearsay that this occured. It's a shame I feel this way, but it seems nowadays everyone is out for their fifteen minutes of fame and they will stretch the truth (or make up something) to get it.

    On the other hand, I feel strongly about people who say one thing and do another. (If he truly is a closet homosexual and he reviles it so much he's loudly outspoken about preventing Gays from having the same civil rights as heretosexuals.) I'm reminded of the one guy in politics (forgot his name) who praised the Dateline To Catch A Predator shows where grown men try to arrange sexual encounters with underage people, then it's shown he himself was sending sexual comments to a 17 year old page. So, yes, IF he's a hypocrit, I can see it.
  11. If indeed he is gay, then the poor man had no choice but to hide it. I hope I don't offend anyone from Idaho, but IMO it is one of the most backward places in the West. Northern Idaho is especially scary, what with it's ties to white supremecy groups and the fact that Mark Fuhrman bragged about moving there after he retired to escape 'the n----'. My husband and I spent some time at Lake Coeur d'Alene a couple summers ago, on the way back from a trip into the National Parks of Alberta. The first thing I noticed about the town itself is that there were literally NO people of color. ANYWHERE. Second, we were driving around and ended up in the town of Hayden Lake. We got lost in a very rich-looking residential neighborhood but could not help but notice that several of the houses had mean looking pitbull dogs tied up outside of them. It was extremely bizarre. We could not wait to get out of there. The 'creepy' vibe was huge. It's not like this guy could come out of the closet, even if he wanted to....

    What is interesting is that this area is geographically not that far from where we live, but it feels like another planet....

  12. It's the generation....that man will go to his grave never admitting/acknowledging he is homosexual.
  13. It sounds like living in the South sometimes. I live in a little liberal enclave of a college town that is majority nonwhite and votes 2-to-1 for democratic candidates in elections, but if i drive approximately 20 minutes, i'm in the middle of nowhere, where everyone's a white, republican Christian with the same viewpoints and the same (limited) life experiences. often, unfortunately, they also have the same amount of aggressive ignorance. but in my town, only 20 minutes away, i encounter openly gay couples, lots of mixed-race couples, and sometimes transvestites, on a nearly daily basis. they don't have to be afraid here, but 20 minutes away, most of them would be terrified. it's a different world. i can sympathize.

    i also think, though, that it's important for things like this to come out because men like this that have been so violently ANTI GAY do the fight for gay rights a world of good when they're exposed as hypocrites. i'm ok with sacrificing the individuals for the larger idea. a few years ago, the leader of a HUGE Southern conservative law organization that used to go after pro-gay organizations and the like in court got caught soliciting prostitution from a male undercover police officer in broad daylight in an Atlanta park.

    does it seem like the people that openly oppose gays the most are the ones that apparently are gay and suppressing it unsuccessfully?
  14. More often than not haha. Anyone remember Ted Haggard? lol

    I think it's a shame so many kids are still being taught being gay is an evil thing. They grow up hating themselves and trying to live a 'normal' lifestyle hoping it will change them but it never does. I can only imagine the pain they go through.

    I don't feel bad for the ones who are actively against homosexuality when they're closet cases though. They're just hypocrites.
  15. yyyyyyyyyyyuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccccckkkkkkkk
    and in the bathroom