Sen. Larry Craig: Idaho Statesman's 5 Month Investigation
McJoan at Daily Kos has the backstory to the Idaho Statesman investigation of Sen. Larry Craig.
The Statesman published the report of its five month investigation today.
In an interview on May 14, Craig told the Idaho Statesman he'd never engaged in sex with a man or solicited sex with a man. The Craig interview was the culmination of a Statesman investigation that began after a blogger accused Craig of homosexual sex in October. Over five months, the Statesman examined rumors about Craig dating to his college days and his 1982 pre-emptive denial that he had sex with underage congressional pages.
The most serious finding by the Statesman was the report by a professional man with close ties to Republican officials. The 40-year-old man reported having oral sex with Craig at Washington's Union Station, probably in 2004. The Statesman also spoke with a man who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him at the University of Idaho in 1967 and a man who said Craig "cruised" him for sex in 1994 at the REI store in Boise. The Statesman also explored dozens of allegations that proved untrue, unclear or unverifiable.
The paper says it didn't have enough corroborative evidence to run the story before yesterday's allegations surfaced.
The paper says it was tipped off by gay activist blogger Mike Rogers.
But Statesman editor Vicki Gowler would not rely on Rogers' anonymous sources. Instead, she decided to investigate the widespread rumors that date to 1982, when Craig pre-emptively denied involvement in a gay sex scandal involving congressmen and underage pages.
During its investigation, the Statesman interviewed 300 people, visited the ranch where Craig grew up, and made two trips to Washington, D.C.
The paper interviewed 41 of Craig's fraternity brothers and didn't come up with any corroboration. Craig denied to the paper that he was gay or had any gay affairs.
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