After a blog purported to out Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) last October, the leading newspaper in Craig's home state did an exhaustive investigation of the rumors that Craig was a closeted gay man. "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 reports today. The investigation culminated with a May interview of Craig, with his wife present, during which Craig denied the allegations.
In the end, the Statesman was unable to verify to its satisfaction the various rumors about Craig, including an alleged first-person account of sexual contact with Craig in a restroom in D.C.'s Union Station:
Until Monday, the Statesman had declined to run a story about Craig's sex life, because the paper didn't have enough corroborating evidence and because of the senator's steadfast denial.
In the hourlong May 14 interview, Craig was accompanied by his wife, Suzanne. He specifically and generally denied ever engaging in any homosexual conduct.
During that interview, the Statesman played Craig an audiotape of the man claiming that he and Craig had sex in the Union Station restroom. Like the Minnesota airport restroom, the Union Station restroom is known as a place where men can find anonymous sex.
Craig denied the man's account and said, "I am not gay and I have never been in a restroom in Union Station having sex with anybody.
"There's a very clear bottom line here," Craig said. "I don't do that kind of thing. I am not gay, and I never have been."
Craig was arrested in the Minneapolis airport incident less than a month after his interview with the Statesman.