November 1st, 2007
01:22 PM ET
7 months ago

State GOP lawmaker in gay sex scandal

Watch CNN's Carol Costello report on the latest scandal.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It has been a truly scandalous few months for the GOP - for the third time in three months a Republican lawmaker is accused of soliciting sex with another man.

This time it's Washington State Rep. Richard Curtis - whose “I’m not gay” defense sounds a lot like Florida State Rep. Bob Allen's and Idaho Senator Larry Craig's.

Curtis told the Columbian newspaper in Spokane that he did not have sex with the man.

But the Spokane police department tell CNN a different story.

They say that on October 26, Curtis, dressed in women's lingerie, is alleged to have approached a young man in the "Hollywood Erotic Boutique."

The rest of the story is contained in a graphic 50 page police document. The young man alleges Curtis offered him $1,000 for unprotected sex at a nearby hotel.

And he says, "At the conclusion of the sexual activities, Curtis fell asleep."

The police report says the man, Cody Castagna, then took Curtis’ wallet - in order to extort money from the representative - and "threatened to publicly expose Richard Curtis' gay lifestyle to his wife."

At that point, police say Curtis called on an officer to investigate, hoping the incident would go away once police nabbed a suspect for taking his wallet.

Instead the media got wind of the case and found Curtis' alleged sex partner-who went public with his attorney.

"He gave me his wallet…as collateral for what he promised me" said Castagna.

It's a particularly ugly drama unfolding around another conservative Republican lawmaker. Like Florida State Rep. Bob Allen, who has pled not guilty to a charge of soliciting gay sex in July and Sen. Larry Craig, who is trying to withdraw his guilty plea on a charge of disorderly conduct in a restroom at Minneapolis Airport.

Curtis is married with children - and votes conservatively. He has voted against a domestic partnership bill, and a bill that would have outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation.

On Wednesday he announced he was resigning his seat and said in a statement: “Events that have recently come to light have hurt a lot of people. I sincerely apologize for any pain my actions may have caused.

“This has been damaging to my family, and I don't want to subject them to any additional pain that might result from carrying out this matter under the scrutiny that comes with holding public office.”

The Spokane County prosecutor is considering whether to bring a charge of extortion against Castagna.

– CNN's Carol Costello


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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Stella D., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Just another compassionate conservative christian pro-life republican neocon nutjob
    fading into history.

    Seven years of hypocrisy....

    November 1, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. scott osman glen rock,PA

    UNPROTECTED SEX is the real story..engaging in anonymous sex in bathroom stalls, parks with no talking or even any names known!... the quickie is extremely unhealthy behavior, irresponsible, dangerous, and possibly criminally liable for spreading diseases from staph to hiv and everything inbetween, then that person goes back to the wife ...This behavior pattern can change someone else's life forever, forget a political carreer. There are so many myths about what "safe sex" is or isnt. NONE of this type is safe or even is remotely what it means to "be gay, in love, to share lives...". The belief system in these types of individuals are severly warped, and then the fundamental denial is astonishing. anonymous sex spreads disease. where's dateline?!

    November 1, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. D, Indy

    You are taking this republican thing too seriously.
    God's opinion is the only thing that matters.
    Who are we to say that sex between two "consenting adults" is wrong. Christians believe that sex before marraige is wrong... What is so bad about homosexuality... I am not condoning or condeming homosexuality because in the end we don't have to answer to the church.
    If you don't believe in God then all that matters is what you personally think.
    That is why non-believers think we condem their actions.
    They can't understand that it is not the Christians saying it is wrong but their belief in what God thinks.
    Live and let live. Don't argue; discuss, as much as you can.
    I believe we are all on the same team...
    Protect those that can't help themselves and make it as fair as possible for everyone else...

    November 1, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. John P NYC

    To start with I am a political independent. Who this guys sleeps with man or women is none of my business nor yours.

    The hypocrisy among self identified Democrats is too much. When Bill Clinton was in office and he slept with a slew of women, Dems claimed Bill's private life was none of our business. I agree totally. But now when accusations are thrown at Repubs, the Dems are pounching. Also is the Dems believe in equality and gay rights. What difference does it matter if he slept with a man or a woman.

    The Repubs also are a*holes. When one of their own admits to sleeping with a hooker. There are no repercussions. The Dems don' jump on it. The media barely reports it. But when Senator Craig taps his foot in a bathroom stall, perhaps indicating he is looking for gay sex (I say perhaps because he wasn't convicted of it, only of disorderly conduct)everyone is all over him.

    If this story is true, the little punk kid should get the shots. He steals Curtis's wallet and tries to blackmail him.

    November 1, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Consistency, Lowell, MA

    Leave it to CNN to put a low level political scandal on their front page. The Clinton News Network wouldn't do it to a Democrat. As for Republicans, we throw our bad apples out of office. The Democrats make them committee chairs.

    November 1, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. JohnB

    Just how many self-loathing, law-breaking homosexuals are members of the Republican Party? This idiot needs to resign. I am so glad I've never voted for a Republican!

    November 1, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Irv, Minneapolis MN

    I think those who are so casually slinging out the "hypocrite" tag need to ask themselves if they truly want politicians to vote on what they personally believe. That sounds a bit tyrannical to me. I would prefer they vote based on what their constituents desire. A representative should represent. This is an issue that the nation is evenly divided on. You can keep all the name-calling coming (hypocrites, gay haters, small-minded) but until you are willing to acknowledge that there is a legitimate debate to be had we will never move forward.

    November 1, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Allen, Atlanta, GA

    I can hear all the religious right Republicans now: "It's that Bill Clinton. That's it. It's that Bill Clinton's fault!"

    Hahahahahahaha ... too funny!

    November 1, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. josh, akron, oh

    This post doesn't even mention Glen Murphy, young republican leader in Indiana..caught performing fellatio on a sleeping male.

    Doesn't mention Ted haggard..a guy who had Bush's ear once a week..smoking pole, and crystal meth.

    Doesn't mention Jeff Gannon...the gay hooker, using a fake name, and gained access to GWB during news conferences, and spent 7 nights in the White House...on record.

    November 1, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. stinkykidd

    Many of you bash the Republican Party for hypocrisy. That's not really fair. While there are hypocrites in the party, at least the Party takes a stand on moral issues, while the anything-goes Democrats stand for little to nothing of a moral interest.

    November 1, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. T Columbus OHIO

    Are we possibly missing the boat when it comes to sexuality? Part of me feels that we're doing human beings a disservice by trying to lump everyone into little catagores like gay, straight etc..etc... I mean isn't it possible for a man to prefer the company of and a life with a woman yet occassionally desire sex with a man. And isn't it possible for a woman to prefer the company and companionship of a woman, yet desire sexual relations with a man, from time to time? I don't know... I live my life as a gay female, yet I prefer to have sex with a man, once in awhile, and really don't have that much of an interest in having sex with women. Sexuality seems fluid to me.

    November 1, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. josh, akron, oh

    The whole point of this..is republicans are hypocrites...voting one way (to diminish others' rights) then doing worse behavior behind closed doors.

    SHAME ON REPUBLICANS!

    And dont' get me started on the "liberal media." The same time Norman Hsu's contributions to Hillary were made public, Mitt Romney's own STAFF campaign co-chair member was indicted TWENTY-THREE TIMES involving millions of dollars; that didnt' get a blip on the radar.

    November 1, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Jonathan, Brooklyn, New York

    What is hypocritical in this situation is that the Republican themselves have made it difficult for gay public figure, outside those in entertainment, to live their lives. What goes on between consenting adults shouldn’t be the issue. I feel sorry for anyone who feels they have to live their life in a closet of any kind. And even sorrier for those who join the anti-gay team to prove they aren’t gay. Then again people become Republicans for a lot of reasons and other Republicans need to understand that. But of course I have no brains as I am a Democrat.

    November 1, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Rick, Baltimore, MD

    Oh... by the way CNN... do you happen to know what brand of women's lingerie was involved??? Do tell.

    November 1, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. cin cin, Los angeles, CA

    Maybe when he said he wasn't "gay," he meant happy. Seriously, I just love the Republicans' "family values"! What a bunch of liars!

    November 1, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Mary, Sarasota, Florida

    What is going on in America? Seriously, why are there so many homosexuals in today's society? It's not right, read the bible. It's funny how people believe some of the laws of the bible, i.e. do not steal, commit murder, etc., but others are completely dismissed. The devil is truly working his power over America and people will not realize until they die and wake up in hell.

    November 1, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Chris, Metaire, LA

    How dare the Republican party attempt to legislate morals and family values in light of these ongoing Same-Sex scandals. The entire party should be ashamed for limiting the marital rights of tax-paying citizens in this country, while they continually lie to the public and their constituency about their own sexual orientation.

    November 1, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Lisa, Germantown TN

    I think most people are missing the point. The fact that these Republicans are gay is not the sole issue. The issue is being gay and then voting against gay rights. That is really pathetic and they should resign for their hypocrisy.

    November 1, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Bottom line is he is a liar and a hypocrite. He is a public official and has permitted himself to be place in a situation of illreput regardless of whether the accusations are true or not. I am more in line with believing the basic allegations.

    Do I care if he is gay, bi , hetro or something esle all together, heck no. But he is a hypocrite, a liar, next he shall be having a revolation from god saying all is forgiven and that he has found faith and is repentant. Who cares.

    Would I want this individual representing me, heck no. I would rather be represented by a openly sexually active, what ever person who at least live his life in the open and was truthful as to who he was and what he believed.

    November 1, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. TB, Tampa, FL

    I think this is the kind of behavior that needs to be exposed, especially when you hide behind your fancy titles and deny other people the very freedom you yourself want...the right to love and screw whoever you desire! I could care less who the senator decides to sleep with that is not the problem, it becomes a problem when people selfishly impose the pain and sorrow on their families!!! What about his wife and children?? Did they deserve to be put through this because he wanted to engage in his unburning desire for gay sex? No they did not!! If gay sex is what you want, then fine, but at least have the common decency to allow your family to hear the information from you and proceed with their healing process as oppose to having to hear it in the news and only then do you say your family has suffered enough!!! You are right they have suffered enough, but the sad part is that they are suffering at the hands of the man that essential was supposed to protect them! What a coward!!!!

    November 1, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. New york city,ny

    It would have been easier for the republican to vote in favor of gay marriage,i bet everyone of them would have been married by now

    November 1, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Ann, West Linn Oregon

    Life is so short. The only sadness to me in this story is that he has lied to his family; giving his wife no choice in whether she wants to be involved with a bi/gay man. This makes him selfish as well. It has nothing to do with your political party, he may be against domestic partners but enjoy gay sex, believe it or not there are Dems who feel this way. We all have a right to our beliefs, and as Christ said, 'Who among us is without sin, cast the first stone.' I am not even a Christian person, but believe none of us are perfect. Sadly lying is ugly no matter what the situation, as it hurts innocent people.

    November 1, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "When CNN decides to run almost 50 (no exaggeration) articles on Larry Craig – but not ONE article about the Navy Seal that was awarded the Medal of Honor (a very rare and honorable event)… YOU call that objective reporting??"
    -------–

    If there is ANYONE who actually believes that CNN did not cover the story about the Medal of Honor for the Navy SEAL, they can go to: http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/22/murphy.medal.of.honor/index.html

    "YOU call that objective reporting??"

    "critical thinking has escaped you."

    November 1, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. TBONE Minneapolis MN

    ONLY REALLY STUPID PEOPLE WOULD JUDGE AN ENTIRE POLITICAL PARTY BASED ON A FEW CLOSETED HOMOSEXUALS! This hypocrisy is on both sides of the fence, people! The media just likes to draw on the scandelous stuff. GROW UP!

    November 1, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Rick, Truckee California

    So, because someone is not moral, they cannot espouse moral values. Since NOBODY is 100% moral, that means we will be giving visitation rights to cats. Gawd I loooove my cat.

    The silly thing is that the people who have no compassion for this poor fella are the people who claim to be compassionate.

    November 1, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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