First is Senator Craig of Idaho who pleaded guilty to solicitation of sexual favors in an airport bathroom stall. Evidently, this was a sting that was being operated by the police (because it’s a serious crime!), and Craig was nailed for it.
Big news. Gigantic news. Iran-might-have-nukes-but-oh-my-god-that-senator-is-gay big news.
Sure it’s a misdemeanor. But his actions when he was popped were arrogant (surprise!) and rude and generally creepy.
People, left and right, are clamoring for his resignation. Given it’s a misdemeanor and other senators have committed manslaughter and are still serving, I wouldn’t object to him serving out his term. I would object to him running for reelection, however.
On the other hand, Senator Hillary Clinton is in a little trouble, mainly because of some donations of questionable origin. Looks like the Paws family is donating mucho deniro to her campaigns– hundreds of thousands of dollars. While that may not be a big deal, these folks live in the San Francisco Bay Area and, with the exception of one family member who works at a successful mutual fund.
Oh, and they all make their donations at the same time as big-time political financier Norman Hsu.
The Paws are being mostly tight-lipped about this, and Hsu strongly denies any involvement with the family’s donations (although he did list their house as a residential address at one point). Sen. Clinton hasn’t returned any of the money and is really hoping this will all go away.
But doesn’t it sound like organized crime buying political favor? Or is it just me?
Oh, nevermind. We’ve got another Gay Republican!