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Craig Loses Bid To Dismiss FEC Suit

A federal judge refused on Thursday to dismiss a Federal Election Commission lawsuit that accuses former Sen. Larry Craig of misusing $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. Craig had argued that the airport bathroom trip fell under his official duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work, and therefore the legal fees could be paid for with campaign money.  But U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected that argument. She wrote in her ruling that the charge against Craig didn't relate “to his conduct as a legislator, but only actions undertaken in the privacy and anonymity of a restroom stall.” Jackson set a scheduling conference in the case for April 26/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Surprised?

Richert: Craig Did Business On Toilet?

The senator went to the bathroom on official government business. It sounds like the first line in a joke, a juvenile one at that. But all of us who have spent the past five years watching the farce that is the Larry Craig case know better. We’ve all learned that the laughable is the serious, the implausible the norm. In Craig’s latest legal shenanigans, the former senator is arguing that it’s OK that he used $217,000 in campaign money to fight his arrest in a Minneapolis airport restroom — because the only reason he was in the airport in the first place was because he was traveling from Idaho to Washington, D.C., on Senate business. Argues Craig’s attorney, Andrew Herman: “Not only was the trip itself constitutionally required, but Senate rules sanction reimbursement for any cost relating to a senator’s use of a bathroom while on official travel.” Since Herman just had to go there, the overgrown junior high schooler in me has to ask: What kind of costs are incurred during a routine trip to a restroom?/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Given Larry Craig's poor judgment in his public bathroom behavior and his responses after being caught, do you ever wonder about his judgment as a congressman representing Idaho for decades?

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What’s In Your Bathroom Cabinet

On a television show years ago, I saw where one of the actors was in a friends bathroom. That actor looked thru the medicine cabinet !!! Have you ever done that? I haven’t. Never even thought of it, before the show. Makes me shudder to even think of it now, and EVEN MORE, the thought that someone would do that in my bathroom. I have a boring cabinet, but still. What is in your bathroom cabinet? Have you ever looked in someone else’s … and if you do, would you be ok with someone looking in yours?/Cis, From A Simple Mind. More here.

Question: What is in your bathroom cabinet? Have you ever looked in someone else’s?

Richert: Loo Fiasco To Haunt Dirk

The restroom fiasco may prove to be the most prominent moment in Kempthorne’s 20-month legacy as interior secretary. Let’s face it, an interior secretary doesn’t command the profile of, say, a treasury secretary. While Westerners are interested in Interior’s policies on endangered species, national parks and Indian tribes, that buzz doesn’t translate nationally. For some Americans, the first and only thing they will know about the former Boise mayor and Idaho governor is the $236,000 bathroom story – an unflattering tale, and one skeptical taxpayers can relate to easily. Maybe that isn’t fair, but that is the reality/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is it fair that another Idaho politician on the national scene may be remembered for his misjudgment involving a bathroom?

Dirk’s Bathroom

Mongrammed towels

And wood panels, too;

He’s king on a throne

When he’s in the loo.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Kempthorne Spends $235K On Bathroom

Seems Kempthorne spent about $235,000 in taxpayer funds renovating the bathroom a few months ago, which included installing a new shower, a refrigerator and a freezer and buying monogrammed towels, department officials told our colleague Derek Kravitz. Washington Post. More here.

Question: Anyone out there willing to defend this expense?

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