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Listen to Larry Craig’s interrogation

Here’s the audio — via WCCO, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul — of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig‘s police interrogation following his arrest in June at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport; he pleaded guilty this month to disorderly conduct, but now says he regrets the plea and in fact did nothing wrong.

OK, a few things:

  • Who sees a random piece of toilet paper on the airport bathroom floor and decides to pick it up?
  • The Idaho Statesman notes a contradiction in Craig’s story. Craig revisited the Minneapolis airport 11 days after his arrest to complain about how he had been treated by police, and said he wanted information so his lawyer could speak to someone, according to a police report. But Craig said Monday that he did not seek legal counsel before deciding to plead guilty.
  • CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin notes that Craig now says he pleaded guilty under oath to a crime he didn’t commit, and that’s perjury — a crime more serious than that to which he pleaded guilty.
  • And isn’t it sad that in the United States of America circa 2007, an elected national lawmaker — even a Republican from Idaho — figures it’s better to be seen by the American public as a liar than as gay.
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

    • Sen. Craig is definitely NOT Gay. I recommend a very well written and inciteful article by H. Alexander Robinson of the National Black Justice Coalition (http://www.nbjcoalition.org/news/nbjc-responds-to-sen-larry.html) in which he discusses various sexual identities and sexual practices.

      Gay is reserved for people who claim their sexuality, and are proud of who and what they are. Sen. Craig is a dishonest, immoral, sleazy, sexual opportunitst, but he is not Gay