Have we forgotten some, or do we just not get very many of these juicy political sex scandals in Utah? Now that married senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has pled guilty to doing nothing improper at all in an airport men's room, and the Idaho Statesman has found other men who say they've had sexual interaction with or were solicited by Craig, we are once again reminded of how relatively boring Utah is when it comes to this kind of thing.
Colorado gets the Rev. Ted "Let's call it massage" Haggard. Idaho gets Craig. What does Utah get? The closest we can think of in the Anti-Gay-Publicly-But-Likes-'em-Just-Fine-Privately category was state rep Brent Parker (R-Logan), who pled guilty to soliciting sex from a male undercover officer in a Salt Lake parking lot in 2003, and resigned from the legislature. Guess the old "just asking directions" line doesn't work when you drive to a parking lot to meet the guy. ("The light was better to look at his map...")
The biggest Utah political sex scandal that comes to mind was Democratic Congressman Allan Howe, who was busted in the naughty part of town in '76 asking for directions from two undercover policewomen posing as prostitutes. (If only they'd had MapQuest back then!) He refused to bow out of the re-election race, and was unsurprisingly tromped.
And then there was long-time '90s legislator and unsuccessful Congressional candidate Kelly Atkinson (D-West Jordan), who generated all sorts of eye-opening press a few years ago, but it was after he had left office. Ho hum.
What are we missing? Wait, how could we forget? In 1906, Senator Arthur Brown (R-Utah) was shot and killed by a jealous mistress, who was later acquitted on grounds of "temporary insanity". This one actually made #4 on a recent list of America's Top 10 Sex Scandals. Yea! We're No. 4!