November 1st, 2007
01:22 PM ET
6 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. Sad Dog Minneapolis Minnesota

    Why don't we stop fighting over all this stupid crap and fight THE REAL enemy.....CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.

    November 1, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. David, Chicago IL

    Richard Curtis has to live his life in hiding and shame because of people like... hmmm... oh yeah, Richard Curtis.

    November 1, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Bob, Seattle, WA

    And who says that homosexuality is perfectly just fine????? The liberal left. So who is piling on this man?? The liberal left as well. Nice thing this practice. It surely couldn't be a learned thing. After all, this man is only just barely out of his teens. Must be genetic because he has been this way all of his life? Tragic.

    November 1, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. AJ, Washington DC

    I wonder what the 'Log Cabin' Club has to say about this. At the very least, they should be happy about the groundswell in their membership...

    November 1, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Sam

    It's funny to see how much liberals really DO care about people's sex lives when they are Republicans. These "gay republican" stories are dripping with hypocrisy.

    November 1, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Lyle Adams, Spokane, WA

    CNN deleted my earlier comment. I have to reword it:

    CNN has to give this on a front blog. As republican has fought earlier elections on the basis that their party is a "Family Value" and follow strict ethical standards. All the time they bring Clinton-Monica scandal, but don't talk about the Bush lies for the scandalous war and so many sex scandals that are happening under their "religious" party. All they can do is to create "terror" to scare people and blame Hillary on everything to beg the votes.

    November 1, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Voters have no way of knowing what a politicians sexual preference may be. I'm sure there are a lot more closet politicians, democrats as well as republicans. But I'll bet when they vote for gay or lesbian rights it's always against and that's one of the sad things about their hypocrisy. Politicians all need a mental evaluation before they speak on moral issues and human rights.

    November 1, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Karen Saucedo, Novato California

    Gay Schmay! Who cares? These are the things we should be concerned about:
    1. He is married and asked someone for UNPROTECTED SEX, risking his wife's life and health. 2. He SOLICITED SEX FOR MONEY which is illegal 3. He lied and lied and lied....as we see...to his wife, to the sexual partner, to the police...so, he's a LIAR 4. He's a HYPOCRITE. What makes people like this feel they should keep their jobs that WE pay them to do when they display behavior that would keep them from being hired by a fast food restaurant?

    November 1, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Karl - DesMoines, Iowa

    It is so pathetic to see the Reich-Wing Nutjobs on here trying to compare a dirty, bribe-taking Atlantic City Mayor with another Closeted and Gay State Senator who fought for anti-gay laws and rallied his conservative base to pass laws that would hurt gay people and their families.

    To read his resignation was quite shocking and ironic. He said his actions have 'hurt his family' and he'wants to prevent any further harm to his loved ones'...What about all the Gay people and families he has worked so hard to discriminate against??

    Why can't all these Self-Hating "Conservative" Republicans stop trying to get elected and re-elected by hurting their fellow Americans just because they happen to be 'different' than their White undereducated base?

    November 1, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Tim- NYC

    Conservative Republican is Greek for
    Self-Hating Gay A.S.S. Closet Cases!

    November 1, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. WePoFoSho Harrisburg, PA

    "There is no reason for this man to resign. Men's sexual fantasies are programmed into them while they are teenagers, and they don't have much choice about what kinds of sex-play they desire."

    Really!?!?! Are you Serious?!?!?! I dont know man, I'm pretty sure my fantasies were exactly what i wanted them to be. Even if they were programmed into me as a teenager I doubt that gay sex would be "programmed" into me. I disagree with the statement that they are programmed into you anyways. What I can't figure out is why have a wife and kids if you are gay. are you bi-sexual and scared to tell people? How can somebody hide something like that from their wife and kids and still consider themselves to be a respectable person...oh wait, I forgot we are talking about politicians.

    November 1, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Michael, Greenville SC

    I think it's funny that a bunch of people are saying that he shouldn't have to step down because he's gay. That's not the reason he should have to step down. The reason he should have to step down is that he speaks out against gays, then goes and solicits gay sex (I thought prostitution was illegal, but maybe not), and then won't even pony up the dough. I don't remember all of the republicans saying telling Clinton to stay after his sex scandal, which he didn't pay for, and didn't go against any of his political values.

    November 1, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. barbara, Miami, FL

    From the party that promotes homophobia rather than diplomacy - give me a break. Why don't they all just get honest and come on out of that hot crowded closet?

    November 1, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Scott Schrader, Mounds View, MN

    ahh, yet ANOTHER "family-friendly" Republican. the (silly) parade never seems to end...

    November 1, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Sal, Boise, Idaho

    That's our "family values" party for you!

    November 1, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Marcia Van Lenten, Shohola

    To Tom in Dedham, Mass., you are hung up on being a Republican.
    Both parties are sick and corrupt not just yours. We have a government out of control! It's time to stop being a Republican or Democrat but being an American.
    Clean out all the heavy hitters(Republican & Democrat)and get rid of the team sports mentality and do what is in the best interest of America instead of either political party.

    November 1, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Wayne Messer Orange Park, FL

    I find it funny that people are shocked.

    This society has placed sexual behavior in legislator's hands forever.

    What do you expect. Just like religious holy rollers who are pedophiles.

    The people obsessed with grown-ups behavior are usually the ones that are committing these so-called atrocities.

    Grow-up and let us focus on real issues. Like ending this stupid war and helping people in need not sexually active adults.

    Family values should be taught at home not legislated.

    That way people will not be surprised when the individual does as they say not as they do.

    November 1, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. MaryE Tallahassee,Fla

    ALWAYS THOUGHT REPUBLICANS ARE GAY.DON'T MEAN HAHA THEY ARE ALL COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET.

    November 1, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. JohnP, Chicago,IL

    What you see here are politicians playing to thier base. You can't get elected in a state like Idaho if you're openly gay or if you support gay rights. A closeted gay Republican voting against gay marriage is not all that different than a wealthy Democrat voting to raise taxes on the rich. Think about the times you heard an office holder talk about cracking down on drugs and alcohol, then finding out that they, themselves, had a problem. It's no different than in our own lives. Sometimes you have to separate yourself from your job and be, in public, something very different than what you are in private. It's called survival.

    November 1, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Jim, Atlanta Georgia

    Why does anyone even care, outside of his constituency?
    I can't even believe that I am wasting time commenting on this NON-story....

    ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.....

    November 1, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    The story about the mayor of Atlantic city was on the front page of the CNN web site for several days. But your knee-jerk Republican response of replying to every story about Republican corruption with cries of liberal media bias is much appreciated.

    Posted By Jack, Syracuse, NY : November 1, 2007 12:16 pm

    The schools in NY still don't teach reading is fundamental I see Jack.

    My point was that it may have been shown as a story briefly, but it NEVER made it to the TICKER for us to discuss.

    Neither story was on the TICKER for us to discuss.

    The ticker that you are blogging on right now.

    I'll write slowly for you geniuses, the guy is a d-bag and HE ALONE deserves all the heat he gets, I agree, but you can't lump a whole group together because of the actions of a few.

    I could say that you all believe 9-11 was an inside job, because SOME of you do.

    To also use your rational, the New Jersey stories should also have been HUGE stories as didn't YOUR ENTIRE PARTY FROM THE TOP DOWN all run on cleaning up CORRUPTION?

    Sing with me sheep, can I get me a "HYPOCRITE"?

    Both parties have dirtbags, but only one party admits it.

    November 1, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Talib Muhammad, San Diego, CA

    The Republican Party is so HYPOCRITICAL! They PREACH morality yet they PRACTICE immorality. This particular individual is just one of many Republican lawmakers whose involved in immoral behaviour. If this is what we call LEADERSHIP in this country, then this country is in TROUBLE!

    November 1, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. chris cbus

    for those of you who question the reason this story posted on cnn.. please see all of the coverage bill clinton received on monica.
    sex draws interest people. especially when it comes from hypocritical republicans. and as a supporter of gay marriage rights, let me say this:
    Na na na na na.

    November 1, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. m, austin tx

    TERRY– your right. however he is married w/ children & shouldn't be cheating. whether w/ a man or woman.

    November 1, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Deanna, Denver, CO

    Mary says, "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."

    Well Mary, if you are a Christian you follow the New Testament which states that we have a NEW covenant with God (the old covenant being the 10 commandments) which is to love others as Jesus loved us. When you think about it that rule applies to all of the 10 commantments, i.e. If you love others you wouldn't steal from them or murder them etc. And I don't know anywhere in the bible it says jesus loved everybody... except homosexuals.

    November 1, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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