August 28th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
5 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


Filed under: Mitt Romney
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Mike Sarasota FL

    The picture you published with this story says it all. The look on Senator Craig's face seems to say, "What was I thinking when I toe tapped a cop in the bathroom? I wonder if Senator Frank can get me out of this one? Oh, no, he's a Democrat!"

    August 28, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. mike sarasota FL

    What were the odds the guy in the next stall was an on duty cop and not Senator Frank?

    August 28, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Luis, Seattle, WA

    Typical, you get this rightwingers preaching one thing from the pulpit and doing something different behind close doors. Senator Craig, is not the only one. Statistics also show that the men that usually engage in this type of bathroom behavior are married or in the closet. Men that are out of the closet have no need to hide and have anonymous sex. The saddest thing of all is that in the "eye of the public" these guys are the most anti-gay and the most outspoken evangelical christians out there. Very sad but very typical.

    August 28, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Dan, TX

    Mark Foley, now Larry Craig. Those republicans are not exactly shining examples of moral virtue. Very sad.

    August 28, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. RightyTighty

    Just watch Craig get voted out of office. You see, unlike Democrats, Republicans hold their representatives to a higher moral standard.

    Dems accept this as normal, Republicans do not..

    August 28, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Kyle, Fayetteville Arkansas

    I'm pleased that he was caught, as now he has placed himself in the very group of people he once condemned. I also hope that this will make re-election into the senate imppossible, especially considering his foolish views against homosexuality.

    August 28, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Kathy - Atlanta

    HA!!!! Love it when the reTHUGs rant against homosexuals, and they turn out to be one!! Seriously, who would vote GOP?????

    August 28, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Mark G., BBH, ME

    Typical, vote for Dr. "No"...he is the only outsider on the GOP side.

    August 28, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Michael, Davenport, Iowa

    Surprise Surprise. Another God fearing, family values toting, anti-gay Republican arrested for questionable sexual advances/acts. Vote Republican, Vote Repression.

    August 28, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Even more proof that the "moral majority" is neither!

    August 28, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. martin chilcutt, kalamazoo,michigan

    Senator Craig has been trying to get rid of our V.A. healthcare system for veterans. We veterans are naturally opposed to this man's irrational thinking about veterans. He needs to resign, get out of any government service. As far as his interest in men is concerned, who cares. This is, more or less, a free country.

    August 28, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. G. Rasputin, Lakeland FL

    Yet another Republican "family values" hypocrite bites the dust. As we say down South: "When you lie down with fleas, you get up a dog." Heckuva job, Larry. Now please resign your senate seat.

    August 28, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. RB, Massachusetts

    Here we go again- the party of virtue and family values has another loser in it's ranks.

    It would by laughable if it weren't so commonplace.

    Adios, Larry.

    August 28, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Mark, New York, New York

    Heh. It's almost a truism: the more active the anti-gay agenda, the more likely that person is in the closet. GOP is a 3-letter acronym for hypocrisy.

    August 28, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Disgusted, Austin Texas

    Another reason I gave up voting for Republicans or Democrats. They are all a bunch of hypocrites.

    August 28, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Wow! What a surprise. It appears that the only campaign that isn't laced with corruption and disgusting humans beings is Ron Paul's. But, considering that he is a man of principle, I would never think anything to the contrary.

    August 28, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Jim, Amargosa Valley, NV

    Please forward to all self-righteous right-wingers!

    Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you.
    Matthew 7: 1-2 (KJV)

    August 28, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Julius

    Lance from Monrovia,

    Amazingly put. What scares me is that these right wing nut jobs have enough influence to have asay in whether homosexuals can be discriminated against when hiring or whether violence agains them constitutes a hate crime. I gues it's okay to open up someone's head if he doesn't fit into your own moral code.

    These people are sick...let's bring on change

    Obama!!

    August 28, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Nick Brooks Austin, TX

    The APPEARANCE of the "sanctity of marriage" and "strong family values". Not actual sactity and strength. Now I get it!
    What is really tragic is when someone like this, who struggles with being "different" in this vastly closed-minded society, perpetuates and promotes the hateful legislation and social behavior that causes that very hate and intolerance, instead of helping bring about a positive change for the rest of us.

    August 28, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. NS, New York

    Sheesh!!- if this keeps up I'll start to wonder if ANY politician or preacher against same-sex marriage is straight. And for those whining about hypocrisy in not condemning Sen. Frank and other gay dems- can't you get it through your tiny heads that we aren't condemning the outed GOP pols for being gay, we're condemning them for being hypocritical liars.

    August 28, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Thomas Robson, Hoffman Estates, IL

    Any gay man knows that tapping your shoe or swiping your hand under a stall means exactly what the officer said it means. Give me a break, Senator. Stop lying and just say it- " I am gay" How else can you explain it- how do you explain that the officer misunderstood your intentions?

    August 28, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Grab your children, mothers; it's a law-and-order Republican! What makes this so grotesque, of course, is that he's publicly anti-gay and holier-than-thou.

    August 28, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. csl-seattle

    i didnt think the joy of yesterday's gonzales resignation would be eclipsed by something better so soon. when those boys up in idaho get ahold of him he's gonna wish he had voted for the hate crimes bill.

    August 28, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. John D. Chicago, IL

    Why is it that those that complain loudest against homosexuals usually are?

    August 28, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Cynthia Houston, TX

    The Repervicans strike again!

    August 28, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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