Senator Larry Craig Visited Mike Jones (a.k.a. Ted Haggard’s Male Escort)

When I interviewed Pastor Ted Haggard’s former male escort Mike Jones a couple months ago, he told me he was sitting on a juicy piece of information. It involved a fairly well-known person.

He wouldn’t tell me who it was. In fact, he said he was going to go public with it later that week… but that didn’t happen.

He also mentioned he wasn’t ready to release the news to me at the time since he promised the story to a couple people who had supported him when the Ted Haggard scandal broke.

The news is out now, though. It wasn’t reported by his supporters, but I suspect this will start making its way through the mainstream media in no time:

Senator Larry Craig was one of Mike Jones’ clients.

Toe-tapping, bathroom-stall-soliciting, “I-am-not-gay” proclaiming Larry Craig.

Management for the radio station [KNWQ-AM in Palm Springs] says Jones told them he would reveal something about Idaho Senator Larry Craig on the “Bulldog Bill Feingold Show.”

While he hesitated doing so on the air, a NewsChannel 3 camera was rolling when he made the accusation during a commercial break.

Feingold asked whether the Senator had seen Jones in a hotel room.

Jones responded, “No, he came to see me.”

Jones then added, “His travel records to Denver have been documented. That’s what I wanted to say.”

NewsChannel 3 asked Senator Craig’s office to comment on the allegations that Craig came to Denver to see Jones, who calls himself a gay escort.

Craig’s office said in response, “Mike Jones’ allegations are completely false.”

That’s what Ted Haggard said, too.

You can read that radio show’s transcript and download the audio clip here.

One more piece of information:

Jones is not alleging that he has had sex with Senator Craig but that he is alleging the senator came to see him.

Why break the story now?

Maybe because Larry Craig refuses to resign.

Or, I presume, because he won’t admit that he’s gay. The hypocrisy continues. And Jones doesn’t like hypocrisy.

It’s not conclusive proof. Ted Haggard left voicemails. Larry Craig did not.

But Jones was telling the truth about Haggard. I’d vouch that he’s telling the truth this time as well.

I should also mention my interview with him happened over two weeks before the Larry Craig bathroom scandal broke — Mike Jones is not all of a sudden creating this story to jump on the bash-Larry-Craig bandwagon.

If anything, he’s been showing restraint by holding on to this information for several weeks.

(And I do still have the recordings of Mike telling me about this then-unknown piece of information — not the name of the client, but that he had news he was going to release about someone he had met with.)

If Larry Craig doesn’t resign (or isn’t forced to resign) after this, I can’t wait to hear how Republican leaders explain this one.


[tags]atheist, atheism, scandal[/tags]

  • Colin

    pwned.

  • Miko

    He wouldn’t tell me who it was. In fact, he said he was going to go public with it later that week… but that didn’t happen…

    I should also mention my interview with him happened over two weeks before the Larry Craig bathroom scandal broke — Mike Jones is not all of a sudden creating this story to jump on the bash-Larry-Craig bandwagon.

    Not the most compelling evidence I’ve ever seen.

  • Jen

    Wait, you have a recording of him saying the name, or just saying that someone visited him but he wasn’t telling who? One of these is amazing, and one is not.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Hemant

    Wait, you have a recording of him saying the name, or just saying that someone visited him but he wasn’t telling who? One of these is amazing, and one is not.

    Unfortunately, it’s the latter. (I edited the posting to make that more clear.)

  • Mriana

    Why am I not surprised?

  • Darryl

    What do you think people? What makes Larry Craig tick? Why would someone in his position choose to continue to bear the intense scrutiny and mockery of the public and the disdain of his constituents? This can’t be what his family wants–unless they’re in denial. He’s lying about his sexuality; everybody knows it, and he knows that everybody knows it, yet he keeps on. What is he thinking?

  • Richard Wade

    He’s lying about his sexuality; everybody knows it, and he knows that everybody knows it, yet he keeps on. What is he thinking?

    He’s thinking that a convincing lie is as good as the truth. He’s thinking that saying it aint so strongly enough makes it not so. He’s thinking that “clearing his name” is better than clearing the air. He’s thinking like a politician.

  • Richard Wade

    I’ll wait for actual evidence before I assume that Mike Jones is being truthful. Even without this claim, Senator Craig’s foot is already so deep down his throat he’s beginning to kick his own ass from the inside.

  • Maria

    hahahahahahahahahahaha surprise surprise

  • jules

    He’s thinking that if he just continues to perpetuate the vicious cycle of sin/redemption, as appears to have worked for him so far in his life, then he will get his sorry ass into heaven when he dies. The more anti gay rights he acts in Congress, the more he gets to be “a naughty, naughty boy.” This cycle is a giant circle, just like the cycle of violence that traps people into certain patterns of action that they repeat and repeat because that is how they have always acted, until they have an intervention and learn how to grow up and act like a real human being.
    The thing I don’t get is how his family and closest friends allow him to get away with this hypocracy. They must be living in a religious sub-reality in which they are either completely oblivious, increadibly gullible, or in an even bigger state of denial about the man than he himself is. Shame on them.

  • Richard Wade

    jules, don’t be too harsh in judging the family and friends of an out-of-control person. If your insight about Craig being in a repeating cycle is correct, then it could be that the public is finally learning about it because the family/friends enabling part of the system is no longer protecting him from the consequences. They may not have that much influence on him to begin with, but if they are no longer trying to inhibit him or cover for him that’s actually good in the long run.

    For the family of an alcoholic one the hardest parts of recovery is letting the problem become public, getting past the shame that has driven them to protect and conceal his disease. Once it gets out, some outsiders may indict the family but they’re really doing what must be done to help him.

  • Karen

    What was Marion Jones thinking, denying that she used steroids for years even after her former coach gave 60 Minute an interview saying he saw her injecting right next to him?

    People get so caught up in denial and unreality that they start to believe their own lies. They can’t find a way to back out, so they just keep dissembling and hope somehow the issue goes away.

    Eventually, the truth catches up with most of them, but not always. It must be a terrible way to live. :-(

  • Stephen

    Or take Richard Virenque, who for a long time insisted that he hadn’t used drugs, after his entire team had been kicked out of the Tour de France and his team mates had admitted that everyone on the team was using them.

    As you say, they seem to hope that if they stick to their fantasy long enough, eventually the truth will go away.

  • Kristin

    HAAAAAAHHHAAAAAAA!!!!!!

  • Leroy

    I believe Mike Jones is telling the truth. Senator Craig is a lying homo – and Mike Jones is a handsome hunk.


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