Larry Craig

1982 Page scandal: Craig was named as sex partner, says lawyer of primary accuser

For 25 years, Sen. Larry Craig has not only denied wrongdoing in the 1982 page scandal but has insisted he was not among seven House members accused of homosexual conduct.

The lawyer for the page who initiated the scandal says otherwise.

On July 1, 1982, the day after the story of a congressional page scandal broke, then-Rep. Craig pre-emptively denied any connection to the scandal before he’d been named publicly. Craig now says speaking out was the mistake of a frightened first-term congressman and that he regrets that his statements have long fueled rumors he is gay.

Bob Scott is the Arkansas lawyer who represented Leroy Williams, the Republican House page who initiated the scandal but later recanted. “I am positive he named Larry Craig in 1982,” said Scott, a former GOP official in Arkansas.

Scott said Williams recently reaffirmed to him that he named Craig in 1982. Williams, who is gay, has consistently declined comment. Repeated attempts by the Idaho Statesman to reach him failed.

Scott said he believes Craig appears in a December 1982 House Ethics Committee report as “Congressman C,” who Williams said had sex with him two or three times.

Craig has declined to respond to questions from the Statesman. But in May, he said he was not among the congressmen discussed in the 1982 report, labeled Congressman A through G. “I was never named,” Craig said. “I was never involved.”The Statesman reached five of the six living members of the 1982 committee; they all said they cannot recall whether or not Williams named Craig.