Craig dons consulting cap after leaving the Hill

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2009 - 9:04 PM

Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, right, best known locally for his wide stance and toe-tapping at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, has lined up a new gig.

Craig, an Idaho Republican who served 28 years in Congress, has set up a consulting firm that focuses on energy issues.

New West Strategies LLC, based in Eagle, Idaho, has landed four clients, including a construction management company that has contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.

GLAD TO BE GONE: Craig expressed relief at being out of Congress, having decided not to run for reelection last year. "Once you're free of it, you really realize how free you really are," Craig told the Idaho Falls Post Register. "I've really worked through every problem imaginable in Washington."

TROUBLES AT THE AIRPORT: His career-ending problem occurred at the airport in June 2007 when he was arrested by an undercover officer working on a sting operation after numerous complaints about the main men's restroom being used as a meeting spot for sexual encounters.

Craig tried to explain away his behavior as innocent, saying he had a "wide stance" while using the toilet. He initially pleaded guilty, but tried to get the criminal case dismissed only to drop his appeals earlier this year.

What started as a small disorderly conduct case eventually sank Craig's political career in a flurry of raunchy jokes -- and made a tourist curiosity out of the men's room at the Lindbergh terminal.

BOB VON STERNBERG AND ASSOCIATED PRESS

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