The site of Officer Dave Karsnia’s takedown of GOP Senator Larry E. Craig (R-ID) is inundated with tourists snapping photos on their cell phones.
The restroom in the Lindbergh terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where Sen. Larry Craig was arrested in June has become a stop for travelers flying through, the Idaho Statesman reports.
A Minneapolis couple flying to Guatemala took the opportunity to see the infamous restroom. “We had to just stop and check out the bathroom,” Sally Westby told the Statesman. “In fact, it’s Jon’s second time – he was here last week already.” Jon, Sally’s husband, said, “I checked it out. It’s the second stall from the right.”
Airport employees and vendors have been getting many requests for directions to the spot that has resulted in one of this year’s biggest political scandals. “There’ve been a lot of people coming to see it,” an employee of Inmotion Entertainment told the Statesman. “I’ve been asked several times to take photographs of people in front of the bathroom.”
Gee Butler of Royal Zino Shoeshine added, “People have been going inside, taking pictures of the stall, taking pictures outside the bathroom door – man, it’s been crazy.”
That’s gotta cut down on the romance factor. Wonder what sting Officer Dave K is up to now?
(youtube of the Erie Players’ “Officer Krupke” scene from West Side Story)
UPDATE: Howie’s got more, including the reminder that delegates to next year’s GOP presidential nominating convention will be able to stop by the newest airport tourist site on their way to vote for a nominee!
UPDATE NUMBER TWO: FDL Book Salon guest author and ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero announced that the ACLU has filed an amicus brief in Senator Craig’s case, saying that the foot-tapping was protected speech:
“We clearly lay out what is the doctrine in terms of what speech is and is not protected,” Romero said. “To be able to solicit sex in private, in public spaces, for instance, is constitutionally protected speech.”
Jeralyn Merritt notes the irony of Craig, not always a friend of civil liberties, being befriended by the ACLU in his current case.