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Former Escort Service Owner Pens Tell-All: Sen. Larry Craig Liked His Hookers Butch

Former DC escort service owner Henry Vinson pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges back in 1990 and served five years in a minimum security prison. Twenty years later he's penned a tell-all memoir in which he claims that then-Rep. Larry Craig preferred that his rent boys be "quite masculine."
Vinson employed up to 20 escorts on a given night in this “extremely lucrative” business. “The business was very successful.” Not wanting to pin down a number to his profits, Vinson did mention a frequent customer who would spend $20,000 a month on his escorts. “Of course, in the ’80s that was a lot of money.” Rich in the kind of sordid drama one might expect, Vinson’s book names names. Then-U.S. Rep. Larry Craig of Idaho, he writes, “became a frequent flier of my escort service” and “preferred escorts who were quite masculine.” Although he claims he received many threats of blackmail from many of his powerful clients, Vinson’s business was in full operation until the Secret Service raided his home, his sister’s home and his mother’s home in 1989. And the rest is history.
As you surely recall, in 2007 Larry Craig was busted for soliciting in the men's room of the Minneapolis airport. He did not seek reelection to the Senate in 2008 and is now a lobbyist for the oil industry. Last year Craig was ordered to repay over $240K in campaign funds that he had used in his soliciting defense. (Tipped by JMG reader Javier)

RELATED: Last month Henry Vinson penned an essay for the Advocate in which he mentions that his RICO defense attorney was current Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren. According to Vinson, Van Susteren failed in her attempt to force the government to release the full list of his clients.

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