If You Crossed David Vitter with Larry Craig, What Would You Get? Meet Joey DiFatta

This post, written by Howie Klein, originally appeared on Down With Tyranny!

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Another Republican elected official-- a pal of David Diapers Vitter no less-- caught toe-tappin' in the boys room! And he wants wanted to be a state senator too! Yesterday's Times-Picayune painted another dismal picture of another Republican pervert who trawls from public restroom to public restroom looking for... love? Well, looking for something. Joey DiFatta is the chairman of St. Bernard Parish Council and a prominent Republican leader (until 2004 on the GOP state party Executive Committee). He just withdrew from his state senate race, after his arrests for lewd behavior in a public restroom were made public.

DiFatta, like Larry Craig, denies his toilet toe tappin' was a gay signal. Maybe it's a Republican signal that normal people just don't know about. (Another coincidence: he decided to pull out of the race because of "elevated enzyme levels," not because his toilet trawling activities have been made public. His first summons was for a simple Peeping Tom incident in a Mervyn's at a mall in Kenner. "The report states that DiFatta watched a man use the bathroom while peering through a hole in a bathroom stall. The man held DiFatta until police arrived, at which time he was issued the misdemeanor summons and ordered to appear in court."

DiFatta got away with it and eventually upped the ante, moving from the Mervyn's to a Dillard's.
In the second incident, Jefferson Parish deputies working an undercover detail in a men's bathroom at Dillard's at Lakeside Shopping Center in March 2000 stopped DiFatta after he indicated a desire to engage in sex with an undercover deputy in an adjoining bathroom stall, according to an interoffice memorandum written by Sgt. Keith Conley, one of the deputies involved in the investigation.
The report said DiFatta slid his foot into the deputy's stall and tapped the deputy's foot. In the report, Conley noted that such activity is common among men to indicate a willingness to participate in sex.
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