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U.S. Senator Larry Craig pleads guilty to disorderly conduct



by Brian Mooar
NBC News

U-S Senator Larry Craig vigorously denied police claims of lewd conduct in an airport restroom Tuesday, adding that he is not gay.

The Senator says the only thing he did wrong was plead guilty to disorderly conduct, hoping to quietly dispose of the matter.

"I am not gay. I love my wife," he told a crowd of reporters outside of his Boise office.

Senator Craig insists police were mistaken when they accused him of looking for sex in a men's room at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport back in June.

The three-term Republican says he shouldn't have pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, because he didn't do anything wrong.

"I chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in hopes of making it go away," Craig said in his first public statement since the arrest was made public.

For months the Idaho Statesman newspaper has been digging into rumors about the Senator's sexuality that date back 40 years, including an alleged tryst in a restroom at Washington's Union Station.

The paper didn't publish it's findings until the arrest became public.

"We still have one source who reports having sex with the Senator, one man.   We have others who say he hit on them. The Senator denies that," said reporter Dan Popkey.

Still, the Senator blamed his problems on the paper.

After word of the arrest broke Craig resigned his leadership role in Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign.

Now Senator Craig is deciding whether to run for a fourth term next year.

Senate Democrats are raising the possibility of an ethics investigation when Congress reconvenes next month.

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