Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has lost his bid to have a Federal Election Commission lawsuit against him dismissed, the Associated Press reports. The suit stems from his arrest in a 2007 restroom sex sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and centers on his use of $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense in that case.
Craig had argued that the bathroom trip was part of his official duties as a senator because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work as a lawmaker. But Roll Call reports that a federal judge didn't agree, and she said the trip did not relate "to his conduct as a legislator, but only actions undertaken in the privacy and anonymity of a restroom stall."
Next up in the case is a scheduling conference planned for April 26.