The 26-year-old woman, who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation, told Gotcha! this week that Sen. Craig first contacted her through her website in July YR-06 and paid her between $500 to $1,000 a night for her services. She estimates she had sexual relations with the senator about eight or nine times a year — usually in Washington DC, but occasionally in Hartford, as well.
The woman said she did not know Craig was a senator until YR-03, at which point he asked her to keep his identity “for additional considerations.” The woman declined to elaborate on what those “considerations” entailed. However, the woman said she had not heard from Sen. Craig in three months and decided to coming forward was the “right thing to do.”
Sen. Craig’s spokeswoman, Carol Lane, told Gotcha! that the accusations are “baseless” and the senator declined to comment further.
As of Monday, the woman’s personal website was not active, and she claims to have left the industry. But while she hinted that other powerful and famous men sought her services, Sen. Craig is the only client the woman named in her interview with Gotcha!.
Craig rose to political prominence as a state representative from Hartford who took local companies to task for polluting the Connecticut River. From there, Craig hopped across the political stepping stones, becoming a state senator in YR-11 and then a U.S. senator in YR-07. Craig is up for re-election next year, and this scandal could deal a serious blow to his candidacy.