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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Amy Klobuchar and Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Sen. Amy Klobuchar was at the DFL booth at the State Fair today. I had heard that while she opposed discrimination in the military, she was not willing to overturn the current military policy, Don't Ask, Don't Tell. So I thought this was a good opportunity to get Klobuchar on the record. She said that she has not read this bill, and is not on the committee, and never makes commitments on particular legislation until reading the bill. She also wanted to talk to various groups of people concerned about this issue prior to taking a stand. She did want to make clear that she was "sympathetic to this issue."

Klobuchar was screened by Stonewall DFL. Was she asked about Don't Ask, Don't Tell during her screening? What did she say at that time?

Amy Klobuchar raised $125,000 from HRC. So far, it sounds like a poor return on investment. Did HRC's Senate Screening questionnaire include a question on Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

Friday, August 31, 2007

Rick Stafford Nails It on Norm Coleman and Craig/Vitter

MN Publius:

I am waiting for every mainstream media reporter and cable talking opinionator to ask this one question only until they get a clear, non-spin answer. That question is: “Is it acceptable to ask for a US Senator to resign who attempts to solicit for free sex in a semi-public place while not asking the same from a US Senator who solicits and pays for sex with a prostitute and admits this sin? A follow-up question would be this: “If Louisana were as reliably Republican as Idaho, would the request to resign be even-handed?”
For all over the poltical hypocrisy map Norm Coleman the question is: “Why is acceptable to give Sen. Vitter a standing ovation for his actions, but ask Sen. Craig to resign?”

Aplikowski Suggests that Brodkorb is Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

Here.

Sticks and Stones Can break Your Bones….

… but name calling in a US Senate campaign is not gonna kill ya. All that is being done by the DFL leaving these (barely) attacks up is proof that they are the ones who actually hate their opponents and turn campaigns negative.

I think far too much is being made of the slimey tactics of the DFl booth regarding the name calling. I think the fact that some keep pointing this out over and over is showing how little you have to stand on as well.

****snip****

Franken wants to get us out of the war on terror’s central front. He wants to do a lot of very bad things for and to America.

But name calling? name calling is the one that gets some of you to crawl out from under the rock you’ve been under?


Brodkorb comments:

1. Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
August 31st, 2007 at 5:10 pm

I get your point Andy, but sometimes we need to fight back.


MPR reported on some of the notes that showed up on the DFL board:

"At the DFL Party's State Fair booth, Barbara Snow has just added her note to an oversized 'Top Reasons to Dump Norm Coleman' bulletin board.

'My reason was because he's Bush's lap dog. He'll just sign up — whatever Bush says he will do,' says Snow.

There are a few dozen anti-Coleman notes on the bulletin board, with such sentiments as 'Minnesota can do better,' 'He's eating our children,' and 'You can say flip-flop for no reason.'

Snow concedes another note that says Coleman is 'ugly and stupid' is mean-spirited and crosses the line.

Coleman says he's always anticipated a tough re-election campaign, but that he thinks some of the early rhetoric may backfire come November 2008.

'I think that board is a sad reflection of almost all that's wrong in politics today,' says Coleman. 'And I think if my prospective opponents somehow reflect what's on that board, I think Minnesotans will reject them. I don't think that board is very Minnesotan.'"


Norm's going to have to get beyond whining about stuff like this. I'll have to go and read what's on that board.

The Minnesota GOP has now put out a Press Release asking the DFL to take down the board? Does that mean they think the board is actually being effective?

The Press Release gives Michael Brodkorb as the source for many of the comments. It's interesting that the Press Release doesn't include comments that refer to Norm Coleman as a flip-flopper, comments that talk about Coleman being a Bush "lapdog" or comments that "Minnesota can do better".

Whining at the Drama Queen's Place

The Drama Queen is just shocked, shocked... that the DFL would have a board at the State Fair that would urge people to write down why they think Norm Coleman should be defeated. Earth to Michael - the DFL is running candidates to defeat Norm Coleman a Republican. Isn't that part of the deal?

Then on the comment thread there are comments like this:

# cash n carey Says:
August 30th, 2007 at 7:19 pm

If Norm is ugly what would you consider Klobuchar?

# Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
August 30th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Cash N Carey, your comment isn’t helpful.

# zeebus Says:
August 31st, 2007 at 7:49 am

have you seen klobuchar’s kid? talk about alice the goon…

i’m going to put that sticky note up in the republican booth today.

I RULE!


Sean Broom was on the Final Word (Michael's radio show) on Thursday, and said the postit notes that Michael posted were taken down.

Here's some more comments that have been posted at Brodkorb's blog - that he was aware of, and did not remove:

# Big Kahuna Says:
June 11th, 2007 at 11:48 am

Probably the most crooked politician ever in MN! Moua is so far left she makes Ellison seem mainstream.

If you think she was kidding about the donations amount try living in her area and not be a minority. You will find very quickly she is a special interest politician.

What pisses me off about her is her total lack of concern for the law. She has been pushing voting for illegals and has helped many homeless vote DFL for years. She is one who trades ciggs and food for votes, she just has yet to get caught!

If ever a politician that deserved to be publicly hanged for her wrong doings it is Moua!

Dumb bitch can barely speak the English language.

# Big Kahuna Says:
June 11th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Ted the dumb bitch can hardly speak the language and she is not out for what s best for her area she is in it for the power she holds and the money she can extort from her Hmong group.

She reigns with an iron fist and you best grease her palms or she will do what she can to make your life miserable. Pure example of voter fraud in my opinion as she is big on non registered voters so she can bus in loads of them to vote for her even though they do not live in her district.

Fat lazy opportunist = Mee Moua!


Brodkorb eventually did post a comment asking the commenter to refrain:

# Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
June 12th, 2007 at 8:58 am

Please don’t refer to Senator Moua as a “dumb bitch.”

It’s sad that I even need to write this. Let’s keep the comments in bounds.


He never deleted these comments.

Did the Taxpayers Subsidize an Overseas Shopping Spree for Norm Coleman's Spouse?

MN Publius has the scoop here and here. MN Publius called Coleman's Washington Press Office, and they have not responded.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bachmann and Associates Claim Gay/Lesbian Expertise

Psychology Today has an entry on Marcus Bachmann's counselling clinic that says "yes" on whether the clinic has "Gay/Lesbian expertise". The entry also claims that Bachmann and Associates will counsel on "gay/lesbian issues." Marcus Bachmann gave a presentation on "The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda" at the anti-gay Pastor's Summit.

Why does Marcus Bachmann market his clinic so differently here?

According to the Psychology today entry, they also take medicare reimbursement and many other major health insurance plans, while not providing health insurance to their own employees.

From City Pages:

But some observers claim that the mission of the practice includes counseling homosexuals in an effort to "ungay" them. "It is absolutely sincere," adds former school board member Cecconi. "They specialize in 'reparation' regarding sexual orientation."

Marcus Bachmann, who is also 50, denies that is part of his clinic's practice. "That's a false statement," he says, refusing to answer any questions that don't have to do with Bachmann and Associates. "Am I aware that the perception is out there? I can't comment on that." Still, Bachmann offers, "If someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don't have a problem with that."

****snip*****

Last November, the Bachmanns attended a "Minnesota Pastors' Summit" at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. Some 300 religious leaders participated in the event, which was organized by the conservative, antigay Minnesota Family Council. Michele Bachmann was there to lead a session on the gay marriage amendment, while Marcus offered a presentation titled "The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda."

Curt Prins, a 35-year-old marketing executive from Minneapolis, attended. Prins, who is gay, says he went because he was "curious" and wanted to "understand the language" of the antigay movement. "There was so much bile, I nearly had to leave," Prins recalls. For Marcus Bachmann's session, Prins says there were more than 100 people crammed in a room at Grace, and most of the presentation involved stereotypes of gays. "He was saying how homosexuality was a choice, that it was not genetics," Prins says. "He was claiming there was a high predominance of sexual abuse in the GLBT community. There was no research to back any of this up." (Marcus Bachmann refused to answer questions about the seminar.)

The climax of the presentation was when, according to Prins, Bachmann brought up "three ex-gays, like part of a PowerPoint presentation." The trio, two white men and a black woman, all testified that they had renounced their homosexuality. "One of them said, 'If I was born gay, then I'll have to be born again,'" Prins recalls. "The crowd went crazy."

"Listening to him," Prins surmises, "it becomes clear that he's had a huge impact on her. He might be the spearhead of this whole religious/gay issue." Shortly after Bachmann announced her candidacy for U.S. Congress, there was an announcement on a website called the Minnesota Christian Chronicle. "Michele is a compassionate, intelligent woman of integrity who has a calling in her life. I am confident in Michele's ability to serve the constituents superbly well in the Sixth District," Marcus Bachmann was quoted as saying. "As her husband, I fully endorse Michele running for U.S. Congress. I am so thankful for her Christian testimony. She is a servant who honors Christ."


Curt Prins authors the blog, politiku.

Which is worse?

The shrill hysteria over Larry Craig workin' the airport tearoom is interesting, when compared to the relative silence over Rep. Mark Olson.

I understand that the stakes are much higher with a US Senate seat in a closely divided chamber, and with a potentially disastrous GOP 2008 election season on the horizon.

Working a public restroom in hopes of a quick thrill is a disgusting practice, and I'm glad that police have been paying attention.

But, is solicitation of a hummer worse than domestic abuse?

Why aren't important people calling for Mark Olson to resign?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Norm Coleman Urges Craig to Quit

Here.

Family Values

``You have a Republican Party that wants to endorse family values, that wants to position itself in contrast to Democrats on values issues,'' said Robert Holsworth, director of the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. ``As long as Craig is there, the party worries that it remains vulnerable to a charge of hypocrisy.''

Craig's is one of 22 Republican-held Senate seats up for election next year, compared with 12 Democratic-held seats. Democrats now control the Senate 51-49.

Christian and Republican groups joined in the calls for resignation. ``The time has definitely come for him to resign,'' said Patrick Sammon, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay advocacy group. ``I don't see how he can continue serving.''

Tom Minnery, senior vice president of Focus on the Family, a Colorado Springs, Colorado-based ministry, said Craig ``ought to listen seriously to those who are calling for him to step down.''

Democrats have remained silent and few Republican officials have come to his defense.


I agree that Craig should step down. However, I also think Vitter should resign. Why are the Values Groups giving Vitter a pass, while condemning Craig? Norm Coleman has been silent on David Vitter. He should be asked to comment on Vitter.

Dale Carpenter weighs in:

From the top of the party to the bottom, I don’t know of many Republicans who personally and viscerally dislike gay people. President Bush has had friends he knew were gay. So has Vice President Cheney. Even the most prominently and vigorously anti-gay Republican, Sen. Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum, had a gay spokesperson whom he defended when his homosexuality became known.

The big, open secret in Republican politics is that everyone knows someone gay these days and very few people – excepting some committed anti-gay activists – really care. It’s the kind of thing that drives religious conservatives crazy because it makes the party look like it’s not really committed to traditional sexual morality.

So to keep religious conservatives happy the party has done two things. First, it has steadfastly resisted efforts to ease anti-gay discrimination in public policy, even when Republican politicians know better. I can’t tell you how many Republican staffers told me, for example, that their bosses privately opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment but would be voting for it anyway.

Second, to keep the talent it needs and simply to be as humane and decent as politically possible toward particular individuals, the party has come up with its own unwritten common-law code: you can be gay and work here, we don’t care, but don’t talk about it openly and don’t do anything to make it known publicly in the sense that either the media or the party’s religious base might learn of it.

This mix is not exactly what I’d call hypocrisy. It’s perhaps better described as a form of ideological schizophrenia: private acceptance welded to public rejection. It’s a very unstable alloy.

For the closeted gay Republican, this alloy means a life of desperation and fear and loneliness, of expressing one's true feelings only in the anonymity of the Internet, of furtive bathroom encounters, of late nights darting in and out of dark bars, hoping not to be seen. It means life without a long-term partner, without real love.

Worst of all, it may mean a life of deceiving a spouse and children. It’s hardly surprising that most of the men caught cruising in parks, bathrooms, and other public places are deeply closeted and often married. They don’t see themselves as having many other options.

Nevertheless, it seems to work until the day you get caught tapping your toe next to a cop. Desperation sets in and you say things that bring everyone much mirth at your expense, like, “I’m not gay, I just have a wide stance.”

For the GOP, this alloy of public rejection and private acceptance means enduring more of these periodic public morality convulsions. How to end it? The private acceptance will continue and, I predict, become even more prevalent as young conservatives comfortable around gay people take over. There will be no purging the party of gays. There is no practical way to purge them, and even if there were, most Republicans would be personally repulsed by such an effort.

These closeted politicians, staffers, and party functionaries will occasionally be found out one way or another and again will come the shock, the pledges to go into rehab, the charges of hypocrisy, the schadenfreude from Democrats and libertines, the sense of betrayal from the party’s religious conservatives.

This doesn’t happen to the Democrats because the party’s public and private attitudes toward homosexuality are fully consistent: acceptance of gays. Their homosexuals feel little need to remain closeted (with the recent exception of Jim “I am a Gay American” McGreevey). Notably, past sex scandals involving gay Democrats, like Rep. Barney Frank (with a prostitute) and Rep. Gerry Studds (with a congressional page), occurred some two decades ago, when the party was less accepting and the men themselves were still closeted.

The only practical way out of this for the GOP is to come to the point where its homosexuals no longer feel the need to hide. And that won’t happen until the party’s public message is more closely aligned with its private one. That will be the day when the GOP greets its gay supporters the way Larry Craig, with unintended irony, greeted reporters yesterday at his news conference: “Thank you all very much for coming out today.”


Dan Blatt from Gay Patriot shares his thoughts at Pajamas Media.

Saint Cloud Council Member Knew About Senator Larry Craig's Arrest Since June

From Larry Schumacher's SC Times Blog:

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, is in trouble this week for pleading guilty earlier this month to something he did in a bathroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in June.

But guess who in the St. Cloud area knew since June about the whole deal? Mike Landy.

Landy, a St. Cloud City Council member, serves on the Metropolitan Airports Commission, a body appointed by the governor of the state to manage numerous airports throughout the Twin Cities, including MSP.

Landy told me Tuesday that the MAC board knew about the incident, and that Craig was a U.S. Senator, since it happened in June.

Craig's arrest was part of a sting Airport Police had undertaken in response to complaints of lewd conduct in the airport bathrooms.

It wasn't something MAC officials were proud of or wanted to publicize, so nobody mentioned Craig's arrest to the media, Landy said.


How many other public officials knew about the incident? Did the Governor know?

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UPDATE: The former MAC Chair, Vicki Tigwell (formerly Vicki Grunseth) is now Norm Coleman's District Director. Did Norm Coleman know about this in advance?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Romney Distances Himself From Craig, Compares Craig to Clinton

NY Times Caucus blog:

Mr. Romney, a Republican candidate for the party’s nomination, has tried to distance himself from Mr. Craig since yesterday’s startling revelations about the airport restroom arrest of the Idaho Republican last June. Mr. Craig was one of two Senate liaisons to Mr. Romney’s campaign, until Roll Call broke the news of Mr. Craig’s arrest and misdemeanor conviction yesterday afternoon. (Mr. Craig issued a statement yesterday saying his actions in the public airport restroom in Minneapolis-St. Paul were “misconstrued.”)

Today, in an interview with CNBC’s Kudlow & Company, Mr. Romney first criticized Mr. Craig, who was also his Idaho chairman. “Once again, we’ve found people in Washington have not lived up to the level of respect and dignity that we would expect for somebody that gets elected to a position of high influence. Very disappointing. He’s no longer associated with my campaign, as you can imagine… I’m sorry to see that he has fallen short.”

And Mr. Romney then linked a series of scandals, including that of the page imbroglio involving disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley and the impeachment scandal of former President Bill Clinton, whose wife is — Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the interview, Mr. Romney said:

“I think it reminds us of Mark Foley and Bill Clinton. I think it reminds us of the fact that people who are elected to public office continue to disappoint, and they somehow think that if they vote the right way on issues of significance or they can speak a good game, that we’ll just forgive and forget. And the truth of the matter is, the most important thing we expect from elected–an elected official is a level of dignity and character that we can point to for our kids and our grandkids, and say, `Hey, someday I hope you grow up and you’re someone like that person.’ And we’ve seen disappointment in the White House, we’ve seen it in the Senate, we’ve seen it in Congress. And frankly, it’s disgusting.”


Kudlow also challenged Romney to join with his backer, Hugh Hewitt in calling for Craig's resignation:

KUDLOW: One of your backers, radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, he's a great friend of mine, has called for Mr. Craig to resign from the Senate. Are you going to ask him to resign from the Senate? Will you make a public call on that?

Gov. ROMNEY: You know, I haven't made a call on that at this stage. You know, I haven't seen the allegations yet, I just heard that there was a guilty plea and he submitted a resignation as my liaison in the Senate. And you know, I'm very disappointed that he has--he's disappointed the American people.


That's our multiple choice Mitt!

Captain Ed on Sen Larry Craig's Arrest

Here.

Right at the beginning of the post, I'm going to state that I find Larry Craig's conduct in the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport reprehensible. I find his conduct during his arrest even more so, obviously trying to intimidate the arresting officer by giving him the Senate business card. Looking for sexual partners in public restrooms reflects very badly on Craig, and makes his political posturing on "family values" a joke.

All that said, I think we have to ask ourselves about the nature of the crime itself. After reading the complaint, it hardly makes for a good case for police intervention, let alone convictions on disorderly conduct.

****snip quotes from the complaint**************

Let's stipulate that all of these actions are a well-known prelude to sexual encounters, even encounters conducted in public restrooms. Even so, nothing Craig did should constitute a crime, with the possible extreme interpretation of battery by touching his foot to the undercover officer. A series of signals that consist of foot-tapping and hand-swiping harms no one but the reputation of the man using them.

Had Craig actually exposed his genitalia in a public manner for the purposes of sexual gratification, that would have been a crime. Had he offered to pay for the officer's sexual services, that would have been a crime. How does foot-tapping and hand-swiping amount to disorderly conduct?

Contrast this to a prostitution bust, for instance. People cannot be convicted or even arrested for signaling prostitutes for sexual services; an explicit offer of sex in exchange for money must take place. Tapping feet, hand signals, and brushing up against the toes of a prostitute on the street aren't enough to get someone arrested. In sting operations, police have to get that explicit offer before making an arrest.

What Craig did was monumentally stupid and deservedly should shut down his career in the Senate, but all it comprised (in itself) was an offer of consensual sex, and there is nothing inherently illegal in an offer of consensual sex. Anyone signaled in such a manner could just as well tell the signaller to get lost, just as they could in a bar or nightclub. No one was harmed, and no crime was committed, even though many view the behavior as distasteful and out of place. As long as no sexual act takes place in the public area, I'd say no crime takes place. That's why I think David Vitter should be seen as at least as culpable as Craig, and possibly more so.


Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council defended David Vitter. He'll probably not defend Craig.

The Senate Republicans are calling for an ethics investigation of Craig. They closed ranks around Vitter, even though they aren't happy with him.

Larry Craig Responds with a Press Conference



Here's the Idaho Statesman article Craig was talking about. There are interesting audio exerpts of the interview.

Unlike David Vitter, he didn't hide behind his wife.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hewitt Calls on Craig to Resign

Here.

I realize that I did not say this about Senator Vitter, but Craig's behavior is so reckless and repulsive that an immediate exit is required.


What's different about Vitter? Vitter was seeing female prostitutes and breaking the law.

UPDATE: Commenter Benner suggests a reason for Hugh's different standard for Craig:

benner writes: Monday, August, 27, 2007 8:30 PM
Duh - Craig Romney Senate co chair
Come on folks. I want both Craig and Vitter gone. The only reason Hugh wants Craig long gone is because he might reflect badly on Romney because he is a big Romney supporter.


Probably true.

UPDATE: Several commenters on MSNBC ask:

Why does Mr. Hewitt view Mr. Vitter's conduct as less offensive when he was an apparent habitual customer of two whorehouses. How could that be less culpable than the single incident with Senator Craig? Is it because Craig's solicitation involved homosexuality?

Charles Lewis Austin, Texas (Sent Tuesday, August 28, 2007 12:52 PM)

Only reason Hewitt didn't come down on Vitter is because Vitter isn't GAY. I guess for Repubs it's okay to cheat on your spouse... as long as you're straight.

Jack Pinto (Sent Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:48 PM)


That too.

Larry Craig Responds

From his Senate Website:

For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2007
Statement of Senator Craig:

BOISE, ID - Idaho Senator Larry Craig made the following statement in response to the Roll Call story this afternoon:

"At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct.

"I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously."
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Yup, that he said, he said stuff.

His wikipedia entry has already been updated to include this.

Sen Larry Craig Gets Arrested for Lewd Conduct at MSP

Roll Call:

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.

Craig’s arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.

A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a “he said/he said misunderstanding,” and said the office would release a fuller statement later Monday afternoon.

After he was arrested, Craig, who is married, was taken to the Airport Police Operations Center to be interviewed about the lewd conduct incident, according to the police report. At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, “What do you think about that?” the report states.

Craig was detained for approximately 45 minutes, interviewed, photographed, fingerprinted and released, and police prepared a formal complaint for interference with privacy and disorderly conduct.

According to the incident report, Sgt. Dave Karsnia was working as a plainclothes officer on June 11 investigating civilian complaints regarding sexual activity in the men’s public restroom in which Craig was arrested.

Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the men’s restroom of the Northstar Crossing in the Lindbergh Terminal in connection with sexual activity.

Karsnia entered the bathroom at noon that day and about 13 minutes after taking a seat in a stall, he stated he could see “an older white male with grey hair standing outside my stall.”

The man, who lingered in front of the stall for two minutes, was later identified as Craig.

“I could see Craig look through the crack in the door from his position. Craig would look down at his hands, ‘fidget’ with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again. Craig would repeat this cycle for about two minutes,” the report states.

Craig then entered the stall next to Karsnia’s and placed his roller bag against the front of the stall door.

“My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall,” Karsnia stated in his report. “From my seated position, I could observe the shoes and ankles of Craig seated to the left of me.”

Craig was wearing dress pants with black dress shoes.

“At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. I moved my foot up and down slowly. While this was occurring, the male in the stall to my right was still present. I could hear several unknown persons in the restroom that appeared to use the restroom for its intended use. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area,” the report states.

Craig then proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times, and Karsnia noted in his report that “I could ... see Craig had a gold ring on his ring finger as his hand was on my side of the stall divider.”

Karsnia then held his police identification down by the floor so that Craig could see it.

“With my left hand near the floor, I pointed towards the exit. Craig responded, ‘No!’ I again pointed towards the exit. Craig exited the stall with his roller bags without flushing the toilet. ... Craig said he would not go. I told Craig that he was under arrest, he had to go, and that I didn’t want to make a scene. Craig then left the restroom.”


A he said, he said misunderstanding? You can't make this stuff up.