Another Republican decides to step aside from the hurly-burly of politics
as public restroom incidents hit the papers. Joey DiFatta
, St. Bernard Parish Councilman and until-today candidate for state senate, had a novel approach to getting ahead of the story. Hours before the revelations appeared
in the Times-Picayune
, he called local reporters to announce that he would withdraw from the senate contest because he had "been having chest pains for a few weeks and ... might have had a minor heart attack in the past few days."
One incident in 1996 involved watching "a man use the bathroom while peering throguh a hole in a bathroom stall." The man subsequently detained the sizable DiFatta until police arrived. In 2000, an effort at a foreshadowing homage to the work of Sen. Craig was misinterpreted as an effort to engage in public bathroom sex ...
Jefferson Parish deputies working an undercover detail in a men's bathroom at Dillard's at Lakeside Shopping Center in March 2000 stopped DiFatta after he indicated a desire to engage in sex with an undercover deputy in an adjoining bathroom stall, according to an interoffice memorandum written by Sgt. Keith Conley, one of the deputies involved in the investigation.
The report said DiFatta slid his foot into the deputy's stall and tapped the deputy's foot. In the report, Conley noted that such activity is common among men to indicate a willingness to participate in sex.
The deputy inside the stall, Detective Wayne Couvillion, responded by tapping his foot, and DiFatta reached under the partition and began to rub the deputy's leg, the report states.
The detective asked DiFatta, "What do you want?" according to the report, and he replied, "I want to play with you."
DiFatta also used a hand signal to indicate that he wanted to engage in sex and used language that indicated the same, according to the report. Conley, who is now the Kenner city attorney, confirmed the report's authenticity Thursday.
Only days ago, DiFatta was hawking the DiFatta plan
to "defend our conservative values from attacks by extreme liberal groups."
He now joins Idaho's Larry Craig
and Florida's Bob Allen
in the GOP Stall of Fame.