I am not gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

The immortal words of U.S. Senator Larry Craig, of Idaho, rang throughout the nation yesterday.

Back on June 11, 2007, Craig was arrested in a mens room at the Minneapolis St. Paul airport after he signaled to another man in the restroom to initiate sex. The problem was that the other man was Sgt. Dave Karsnia, an undercover police officer. Craig initially kept the incident quiet, not telling his constituents or his fellow senators. This married father of 3, grandfather of 9, didn’t even tell his family. But on August 8, he pleaded guilty in Hennepin County, Minnesota, to a disorderly conduct charge and paid a fine of $575. The court also placed him on unsupervised probation for a year.

As word about the incident started spread throughout the country and the state of Idaho, Craig finally felt compelled to speak publicly about it. He did so yesterday. So what did he say? Well, you can read the transcript on his web site. Here are some key statements:

“I should not have kept this arrest to myself, and should have told my family and friends about it. I wasn’t eager to share this failure, but I should have done so anyway because I’m not gay…I have never been gay…While I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct at the Minneapolis airport or anywhere else, I chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of making it go away.”

What the heck is this guy thinking? So if he were gay, then his decisions would have been okay? Does it matter if he’s gay or not? Obviously it matters to him, and that’s sad. It’s hard to get his driving point without actually seeing and hearing his news conference yesterday. It was obvious in his voice and inflections that he had one message: he’s not gay.

Fine. I assume Idaho voters will see through this crap.