August 28th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
9 years ago

Craig quits Romney campaign post, removed from site

The Romney camp removed a video of Craig endorsing the former governor for president. It has since been posted by other users.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Larry Craig, the Idaho Republican who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, has stepped down from his role as a co-Senate liaison for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's White House bid, the campaign said Monday.

"He did not want to be a distraction and we accept his decision," Matt Rhoades, Romney's Communication's director said.

The Romney campaign has also pulled a video of Craig from its YouTube channel, first reported by the online Web site "The Politico," and confirmed by CNN

The video, a clip of Craig praising Romney for his "strong family values," was changed to a "private" video shortly after the news surfaced of the arrest, The Politico reports.

A senior Romney aide tells CNN's John King: "Once there was information about his resignation being imminent, there was no reason to have his prior testimonial still present on the site. Our communications shop removed it. We add and edit content all day long on our sites."

Craig's position with the campaign was announced earlier this year when the Idaho Republican praised Romney as a "proven leader."

UPDATE: Josh Romney, one of the candidate's five sons, has canceled his trip to Boise, Idaho Tuesday because of "a last minute schedule change," the Romney campaign tells CNN's Sasha Johnson.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. David, Salinas, CA

    The Larry Craig video endorsing Romney’s family values has been pulled from YouTube, but here are a couple of others in which Craig denies involvement in a 1982 Congressional page scandal:



    Barney Frank, Stephen Moore (of the Wall Street Journal), Jason Alexander discuss Larry Craig with Bill Maher:


    One of the comments on this one reads:

    “Would you people give the man a break. Senator Craig has a fantastic record on every issue that good Christian people care about. As long as he keeps voting the right way (against gays!) he's ok in my book. He just needs a few weeks in rehab to get the gayness out of him and he'll find Jesus and turn straight again.”


    August 27, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    Another example of republican gone wild....again.

    August 27, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. Vic Mann, Dulles, TX

    Instead of race, why not focus on management style? Why not focus on upbringing and values?

    Skin color is superficial.

    August 27, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    I guess we know something about Romney now.

    August 27, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Greg, Houston

    Too late Mitt. Now we know what your folks are all about.

    August 27, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    It just gets better and better, or perhaps sadder and sadder. These hypocrite neocons in the Republican far right just can't stop hanging their chads... in more ways than one apparently.

    The dude solicits a cop in an airport bathroom stall? I'd say I couldnt believe it but I actually can.

    I'm so glad that the party of family values and pious morals is "on the case" in more ways the one.

    What kind of tragedy has our Congress become when men like this cry out their morals to the Capitol rooftops?

    hey, I know, instead of a "defense of marriage" act, lets do an "defense against Republican sleeze ball" act. It will prohibit sexually repressed old men from controlling the public agenda by dividing the country using fear and superstition, in order to create an army of gay bashing neo Patriots so obsessed with their own sexuality and anything different from themselves that they must persecute anything that even remotely reminds them of their own inner demons and the actual truth of what they try to hide even from themselves.

    I suppose they figure if they can repress the rest of the world as much as they themselves have been repressed we can all be equally miserable together, in harmony, amen.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I never trust anyone who says they are absolutely right and absolutely righteous. Jesus ate with tax collectors and prostitutes because he had compassion and confidence, a powerful combination. He could put himself in others shoes and walk a mile. He could understand that not all life would conform to him but that he could lead by example, by embracing the misunderstood and the shunned rather than shunning them.

    I feel sorry for this senator from Idaho because he lacks compassion for himself, the kind he would need before he can ever feel the sort of compassion that would actually make him to be an effective leader.

    All hatred starts within, and this man apparently allowed it to eat him up.

    Well, moving on. Turn the page and forget this guy. If only... If only this would allow those who are intolerant and who are lemmings for the soundbites of the right to at least stop a moment and think. THINK about the hatred and superiority that they preach and actually imagine the coin turned against them instead of their "enemies" for a moment. I'm sure that's what the Senator from Idaho is doing right this instant.

    August 28, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  7. Mark Elliott, Phoenix AZ

    What a shock. Another closeted self-hating right wing politician goes down in flames....

    August 28, 2007 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  8. Asad, Atlanta GA

    Wait, wasn't the McCain campaign also linked to someone who was arrested for a public restroom "incident"?

    August 28, 2007 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  9. Lou Tulsa, Ok

    Great. That's all we need. Another Republican President with people resigning. Problem is, Romney isn't even elected yet, and his people are already getting into trouble with misconduct and resigning before he's even elected. Is there no one left in America worth anything? What happened to our values? Oh, yeah, that brilliant Supreme Court decision removing Bibles from public schools. Perhaps its time for "Church and State" to be revisited. We sure have come a loooong way down since then, haven't we.

    August 28, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. Steve, Portland, OR

    And another one bites the dust....

    August 28, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  11. Waldo, Privacy, CA

    Romney and the Romney campaign made the right decision.

    Obviously, Craig has not as to his foot-tapping, eager-admission moment.

    August 28, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  12. Dave Warner, Pittsburgh, PA

    Another example while the Republican 'family values' party is really the 'Hypocracy' party. We need to flush out every ultra-conservative Republican in Congress and return America to the PEOPLE.

    August 28, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    The fact that they have to edit everyday seems to indicate a certain problem with these closeted republicans.Is Romney sure about his positions?Maybe his original gay friendly agenda is just being wrapped in holiness.

    August 28, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  14. proud2bliberal

    Another Republican demonstrating his 'family values' and 'moral supremacy' YYAAAAAWWWWWWWNNNNNNN

    August 28, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  15. Dave, Stoney Creek, Ontario

    Lookin' for love in all the wrong places.

    August 28, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  16. Jo, Atlanta GA

    Family values and ROP. Why can't the christian right see through this cronies. They throw stone in glass houses.

    And this guy is married with children.

    August 28, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  17. H. D. Schmidt, Loma Linda, Ca.

    Here we go again, another holy man from the Republican party? He is guilty as hell, in my book! What in the hell is my party doing anyway? Committing suicide along the way? Yes while the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, O'reilly etc., constantly skin the Democrats, while not realizing, actually ending up skinning the Republican party to the bones!

    August 28, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  18. RightyTighty

    Nothing unnatural about that, is there..?

    August 28, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  19. Chris Coffman, Elk Grove, Illinois

    Another "Family Values" guy...having lewd times in a public men's restroom!!!

    August 28, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  20. Tim, Dallas, TX

    Larry Craig was arrested for lewd behavior in an airport restroom...and this is the guy preaching moral and family values?? I don't know if he realizes this, but he hasn't exactly raised the bar for any of us.
    And if he is gay, he needs to come out and face it like a man. It's pathetic that he hides himself behind legislation he "supports" showing his disdain for the gay lifestyle, like the Defense of Marriage Act.

    August 28, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. Joseph, Armada, Michigan

    This is the family value party LOL!! Thank God Im an independent!

    August 28, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. spinstopper

    The only reason this is on CNN is because its a Republican. Bet you didn't read about Atlanta's bathroom escapes by dem leaders, did you..

    Its alright to overlook all the other freaks out there congregating in the men’s bathroom for sex, just not Republicans.

    Once again proving that CNN is a bias political outlet, not an unbias news source..

    August 28, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. lou Tulsa Ok

    As a Republican Presidential Candidate, Mr. Romney certainly doesn't need to begin his quest with defections already. That said, he should have had more sense than to allow a closeted gay-baiting, toe tapping, stall troller like Craig, to even be in his campaign from the beginning.

    Imagine the odds of a closeted gay US Senator (one of only 100 people on the entire planet) deciding to troll the stalls of a public restroom in an airport, of all places, only to find the one cop who just happened to be under cover at the time, just waiting in the stall next to the Senator's.

    Then, the Senator apparently in the throes of major seismic activity from his gaydar, decides to begin sending gay Morse Code messages with his shoes.

    The odds of that must surely surpass those of winning the lottery. Talk about a "bad day". Poor Craig, outed, arrested, and dumped without even washing his hands.

    August 28, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  24. Mark, Mineola, Texas

    Another blow (no pun intended) to the party of family values. I'd like to see a list of Republican politicians who have been caught in men's rooms, emailing male interns, soliciting sex, etc., in the past couple of years. This party doesn't embrace my family's values. It's time for the press to call these people out for what they are: immoral, spineless, fascist hypocrites that have stolen our country from us while we swallowed their "conservative values" drivel.

    August 28, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  25. Bob Wright, Dayton OH

    Well it's like any good psychologist will tell you; those who most adamantly oppose gay rights are usually motivated by fear of their own latent homosexuality. Larry Craig is just the latest verification of that adage, following Foley, Haggard, etc. recently.

    August 28, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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