Men claim sex with Larry Craig

Four acknowledged gay men, willing to be named, say they have either had sex with Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig or claim the politician made homosexual advances towards them.

All four say they were offended by Craig’s public claim that he is “not gay” and has “never been gay” and want the world to know that the Senator is lying.

All four have told their stories to the Idaho Statesman along with a fifth gay man who refuses to allow his name to be used for fear of retaliation.

Statements by the four who have gone public offer strong evidence against Craig, long-rumored to be gay while denying his homosexuality and supporting traditional Republican positions that discriminate against gays.

Reports The Statesman:

David Phillips. Mike Jones. Greg Ruth. Tom Russell.

Four gay men, willing to put their names in print and whose allegations can’t be disproved, have come forward since news of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s guilty plea. They say they had sex with Craig or that he made a sexual advance or that he paid them unusual attention.

They are telling their stories now because they are offended by Craig’s denials, including his famous statement, “I am not gay, I never have been gay.” Those words, spoken on live national TV on Aug. 28, are now memorialized on a just-released-for-Christmas Talking Senator Larry Craig Action Figure.

David Phillips is a 42-year-old information technology consultant in Washington, D.C., who says Craig picked him up at a gay club in 1986 and that they subsequently had sex.

Mike Jones is a former prostitute who told the world he had sex with the Rev. Ted Haggard last year. The former Colorado Springs evangelist at first denied it but eventually confessed. Jones says Craig paid him for sex in late 2004 or early 2005.

Greg Ruth was a 24-year-old college Republican in 1981 when he says he was hit on by Craig at a Republican meeting in Coeur d’Alene.

Tom Russell, now 48, is a former Nampa resident who lives in Utah. Russell said his encounter with Craig occurred at Bogus Basin in the early 1980s.


  1. Steve Horn

    Pablo said “If Craig is innocent as he claims then I kind of feel sorry for him”

    – well – I’ve been detained by the police as have a few of my friends – and I can assure you that, if innocent of charges, none of us ever copped a guilty plea hoping the incident would go away.

    When one is innocent of charges one declares that fact and defends themselves against the charges brought by the state.

    In fact, sometimes even when one is guilty one claims to be innocent and forces the state to prove guilt.

    After all, there is no constitutional responsiblity for a person to prove that they are innocent, right? (I’m leaving the “war on terror” detainments out of this argument).

    The only time I can imagine making a guilty plea would be in exchange for reduced charges when I KNEW I was guilty.

  2. Pablo

    Ha Ha!

    Good observation on the picture, Mr Nemo; I hadn’t noticed that, funny funny!

    Who knows, maybe George really is trying to communicate something. Anyway, I hope for his sake he isn’t watching all that is going on with his experiment in democracy; it is all very disconcerting.

    If Craig is innocent as he claims (but it certainly doesn’t look good, and that police tape was pretty damning), then I kind of feel sorry for him. But then again, why feel pity for somebody who acts cruelly or bigoted toward a segment of society–all in the name of a kind and loving god? Double screw all the politicians and people who want to legislate religious-based morality onto others, gay OR straight!

  3. JudyB

    I don’t give a rats ass if Craig is homosexual or not…nor do I care WHAT or WHO Craig (or anyone) else does with their “Special Purposes” as long as its legal.
    But, I agree whole heartedly with what Steve Horn posted above when he wrote. . .(Craig) “is an individual in a position of power, who attained that position by misrepresenting himself to the American people”
    We have all had more than enough lies, half-truths, smoke-screens and general B.S thrown at us from every crevice of politics and it is getting worse daily..and thats what “I give shit” about!
    As a final note on the subject, sexual activity does indeed draw the crowds to the media..why, I don’t quite understand and never will but, one time (light years ago) George Goebel asked Johnny Carson if he thought sex was dirty…Johnny hemmed and hawed a few seconds and then replied “well,ur..I don’t really know…then George leaned over to him and said “Well then, I’ll tell you…..Sex is only dirty when its good”

  4. Rick Fuller

    This may be a matter of semantics for some, but it’s important for you posters to understand: Gay men are out OUT and PROUD.

    Mr. Craig is NOT OUT and clearly NOT PROUD of who he is. Yes he most likely can be labeled a homosexual, or at a minimum, bisexual, but he certainly can’t be labeled as “gay.”

    Guys like Mr. Craig are labeled “on the down-low.” These men lie to themselves, lie to their partners, and they live in a murky world where honesty about one’s self doesn’t exist.

    Please, don’t label Larry Craig as “gay”; the label of “troubled” is more apt.

  5. Carl Nemo

    I have to laugh in that Craig is photographed below a painting of George Washington in the background, hand extended, as if to say behold this duplicit slimeball; ie., a problem for the Republic…! :))

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. AustinRanter

    The hypocrisy involved in this matter with Craig is but a micro-dot size issue on the head of a straight pin (no pun intended).

    Our government thrives and grows off of “Hypocrisy”. It’s so ingrained into our government that it needs to be added to the Constitution as a guaranteed right of public officials to use at will without even the threat of consequence. It seems they already believe that they have the right. Craigs reversing his decision to resign is certainly indicative of that.

    Why stop a behavior (certainly negative ones) if there is no consequence?

    Craig is engaging in a B. Clinton tactic…or should I say Muhammad Ali…the old “Ropa Dope” tactic. Let all hell break loose until your oppontent tires out. The public is assumed to have a short memory.

  7. hillbilly

    Whether you feel government should be into the social issues are none of the business of our Congress or not…put him under oath and make him tell the truth about it or lie about it. It was the only solution for a presidential blow job…it is the only solution for a senatorial blow job also. What a bunch of political hypocritical BS. You are a laugh!!