Human Rights Campaign gave Sen. Craig its worst rating.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, who is currently under fire for his conduct in a men's restroom, was given the lowest possible rating by the Human Rights Campaign in their report released right before the 2006 midterm election.
"Senator Craig is the latest in a string of public officials who have yet to learn that the days of treating Congress as a game of charades where you say one thing and do another are over," Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, said Tuesday. "Throughout his career, Senator Craig has readily espoused his so-called moral values in an attempt to score political points by passing judgments and dividing our country without regard to his own personal life."
Craig was given a "zero" rating by the prominent gay rights group based on his votes on seven issues over the past few years. Notably, Craig voted to add the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution, which would have defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman while taking marital and other related legal rights away from unmarried or same-sex couples.
Craig was also criticized for his vote supporting the nomination of conservative Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. In addition, Human Rights Campaign highlighted the senator’s vote against a bill that would allow states to expand Medicare coverage to low-income, HIV positive Americans. Finally, it targeted his vote against the expansion of federal funding for sex education.
"While he’s reflecting on his latest actions, maybe he’ll finally realize that standing in the way of equality and being hypocritical with his politics is wrong for the country," Solmonese said.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich