Note from Executive Editor Vicki Gowler

December 2, 2007 

One of a newspaper’s primary duties is to hold the powerful accountable and to give voice to the voiceless.

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s account of what happened in the men’s restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport has changed — whether or not he consulted an attorney, when he hired his attorney, whether he was handcuffed or not, where the piece of toilet paper was. His credibility also is in doubt because of his contradictory statements on whether he would resign.

Since his arrest and guilty plea for disorderly conduct, his statements that he has never had sex with a man, was never named in the 1982 congressional page scandal, didn’t know the “signals” gay men use to solicit sex, and was a victim of profiling have been questioned by more men who contacted us to share their knowledge of the senator.

As with our August report, we didn’t rush to print these stories. We’ve spent several months checking out the men’s backgrounds and details of their accounts. We believe it’s important for you to know what we’ve learned, and to hear the men’s own words at

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