This is rich: Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig (R-Forever Footsie) is now claiming that US taxpayers should foot (so to speak) the legal bills he paid fending off his 2007 sex-sting arrest in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.
From the Associated Press (via the Boston Globe):
Ex-senator says bathroom trip was Senate business
BOISE, Idaho — Larry Craig, former Republican senator, aims to fend off a federal election lawsuit against him by arguing his infamous July 11, 2007, Minneapolis airport bathroom visit that ended in his sex-sting arrest was part of his official Senate business.
Craig is hoping to avoid repaying $217,000 in campaign funds the Federal Election Commission asserts he misused to defend himself.
Craig says those expenditures “[fall] under his official, reimbursable duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and the nation’s capital for work. He cites a Senate rule in which reimbursable per diem expenses include charges for bathrooms.”
The hardsnorting staff is pretty sure that Senate rule was intended to cover the quarters you insert into bathroom cubicles, not a nearly quarter-million-dollar defense based on having a wide stance in them.
Then again, we’ve never been in the Minneapolis airport.