The Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis-St. Paul has filed a 242-page, 13,962-word “brief” in response to Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s attempts to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from an airport bathroom sex-sting bust last summer, says St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Ruben Rosario. Craig has spent at least $213,000 in campaign funds to foot legal bills so far, and the airports commission has tapped airport user fees to foot the $28,000 in legal expenses accumulated through mid-February.
Craig pleaded guilty in August to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and paid a fine, but he moved to have the guilty plea withdrawn after the bust was leaked to the news media. Rosario says there is an upside to the case: Airport cops have not conducted a similar bathroom sting since news broke of the Craig caper. “We have not received another complaint (of people having bathroom sex),” said an airport spokesman. The publicity has apparently scared people away.”