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


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Ahhh, how I long for the good ole days! Back then the worst you could be accused of was "smokin' in the boys room".

    Eeeeek! I can smell it comin'!
    The former "Good Senator" is going to say that he's sorry and FOUND JESUS IN THE . . . . .

    August 28, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    There are 535 Members of Congress, and if they are representative of the general population, then at least 4% are GLBT and other sexual non-straights, or over 24 Members. We know about Barney Frank, Mark Foley and now Larry Craig, so who are the other 21? Inquiring minds want to know, because trolling for kicks in public restrooms or page dorms is not in the best interests of Congress or the People. Who will out them?

    August 28, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    They only get outed when they break the law.Any politician with self-righteous conservative views and homophobic acts deserves to be tarred and feathered.Democratic gays don't have to troll public restrooms,or hide in the shadows of society.These hypocritical theocrats are the oppressor's of our society.Throw them all out.

    August 28, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Aaron, Columbus Ohio

    "Any gay man knows that tapping your shoe or swiping your hand under a stall means exactly what the officer said it means"

    That just isn't true (I'm gay and had no idea until yesterday). Difference is, the self-loathing folks like the Senator have submerged themselves in a crude and likely unsafe expression of feelings they can only deny to the public.

    August 28, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Very nicely put, Lance!

    Another hatemonger exposed. I'm lovin' it.

    August 28, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Gene Touchet, Palm Springs, California

    1) It's sad that Craig has had to live his life in the way he has chosen.
    2) The media are full of stories about stings, but closeted (and non-closeted) gays and bisexuals continue to expose themselves to arrest by engaging in sexual behavior in public places.

    It beggars explanation. How terrible must be those private drives.

    August 28, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Tom in Beltsville, MD

    The Senator said that he had a wide stance in the stall. Good heavens, if he had his feet that far apart and was gripping the underside of the walls with his hands, he must have really been constipated. We know he is full of it, just how full we did not know until now. So, you see, it's not that he is homosexual, it's a serious medical condition verging on impaction. What a shame he could not think that fast on the seat; he could be in the colonic ward of a hospital now instead of in disgrace.

    August 28, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "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)" ~ Jim, Amargosa Valley, NV

    - – - – - –

    Jim,

    Thanks for quoting the Bible although you might want to understand the quote before attmepting to use it. Your misguided in it's application.

    We are not to judge the person (salvation) as that is God's job.

    We ARE to judge behavior.

    Or in other words – love the sinner, hate the sin.

    And, Jim, Jesus was speaking those words to ALL mankind regardless of political affiliation.

    August 28, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. two7five7one

    We need two big lists to present to the American electorate.

    August 28, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. two7five7one

    We need two big lists to present to the American electorate for the next election.

    1) the Republicans who have been forced to resign, are under indictment, or are in jail. (big list)

    2) the fat cats and CEOs who became Bush's "Pioneers" with donations of $100,000 or $200,000 to Bush's campaign, who put this totally incompetent and criminal know-nothing in the White House.

    August 28, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Lance,

    You wrote, "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 hope you do understand Jesus was not endorsing the activities of the prostitutes and tax collectors (who routinely stole money). You do remember the story where the adulterous woman was brough to the square to be stoned and asked Jesus to condemn her? His response was, "Let the person without sin cast the first stone". End of story? NO.

    He said to the woman, "It seems there are no accusers and I am neither accuser. Go and SIN NO MORE".

    Jesus reached out to the sinners because everyone else wrote them off. His goal wasn't "to make them feel good" – it was to inspire them to a better life.

    Oddly – the people on this blog who are "judging" are all the democrats.

    Hmmmmmmmm

    August 28, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Andre' Green, Dalworthington Gardens Texas

    It is amazing that theses people (Republican or Democrat) can just explain away things most of us would be under the jail for. If the officer had no idea who this man was, why would he need to make this story up? I think it is disgraceful when our lawmakers are caught by our law enforcement officials and the lawmakers try their damnest to prove the LE agents have no idea what they are doing. But when it's an ordinary citizen doing heinous things, these same officials praise them without any problems.

    August 28, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. bob from Dover, Delaware home of the Military Morgue

    I saw someone posted that this guy was a right wing anti-Gay agendist buffoon. While I agree the guy is over the top I find it interesting he is being labeled as anti-gay since he was in the Mens Bathroom trying to pick up guys.

    It seems that a lot of Republicans if not more then democrats are homosexuals or sexual deviants. Remember that guy who was drunk and shouting for boys to come out of the Senate Paige Dormitory who got busted about a year ago.

    Maybe thats why they hated Bill Clinton so much because he was chasing girls instead of hanging out in mens rooms.

    August 28, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Cara, Harrisonburg VA

    I am so utterly SICK of small-minded individuals politicizing issues such as this. Is the story thick with irony?: absolutely! Is it disturbing? quite. Does this have anything to do with party alignment?: a resounding NO! Come on people. This is the equivalent of saying "all Democrats have sex with interns". CNN is an overt facilitator of these witch hunts from the DemoBRATic left. Hey CNN-where was the article about D-Bob Filner (Calif.) being charged with assault recently?!

    August 28, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Posted By 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?"

    Whether or not any gay man knows the high signs, tapping your foot in a public restroom is not against the law. I have no clue what Craig was thinking when he pleaded guilty to this misdemeanor.

    According to the documented police report all Craig did was tap his foot and move his hand around. I don't recall any law prohibiting a person from tapping his or her foot in a public restroom. The police officer, based on his experience, deduced that Craig wanted to engage in lewd acts. Even a hack lawyer could have got Craig's case dismissed. If anything Craig is a complete idiot for pleading guilty.

    August 28, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Henry Tucker, GA

    CNN unbiased? In the last week...

    Articles posted about Republican Albert Gonzales: 19

    Articles posted about Republican Larry Craig (Lewd Behavior): 4

    Articles posted about Democrat Bob Filner (Assaulting Airport Employee): 1

    Perhaps CNN just feels it's more "news worthy" when Republicans are on the hot-seat than Democrats?

    August 28, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Kim, Midland MI

    I just hope that he isn't sleeping with his wife, too. G-d know what he exposed her to over the years. Forget the hypocrisy – he's a horrible, uncaring and selfish for engaging in this behavior on the sly.

    August 28, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Blanca DeBree, Fond du Lac, WI

    This is good news for Mitt. It shows that he will not tolerate any non-Republican behavior. This is the family values party, not the bathroom sex party. We must continue to work to restore the moral fabric of this nation. The first thing on Mitt Romney's agenda should be the passage of the Marriage Amendment.

    Getting rid of Larry Craig shows Mitt has zero tolerance for "alternative" lifestyles. Now if he can just find a polite way to fire his son, Craig.

    August 28, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. St. Louis, MO

    If you can't expect a conservative, Senator from Idaho to uphold christian, family values, who can you trust?. Instead of patriotism being the last refuge of scoundrels, I believe religion has now supplanted itself as that last refuge. I'm relieved to be an independent voter.

    August 28, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    By David, Gilbert Arizona

    "According to the documented police report all Craig did was tap his foot and move his hand around. I don't recall any law prohibiting a person from tapping his or her foot in a public restroom. The police officer, based on his experience, deduced that Craig wanted to engage in lewd acts. Even a hack lawyer could have got Craig's case dismissed. If anything Craig is a complete idiot for pleading guilty."

    The documented police report said, that Craig tapped his foot, moved his hand around under the stall more than three times, then placed his foot under the stall so it touched against the officer's foot. Then, the officer showed him his identity and poited his finger to the exit. Please tell me how this action could be seen as anything other than soliciting sex favours. How many times have you been in a washroom and had someone push their foot over to touch yours or mover their hand underneath the stall? What would you deduce from these actions if you had been the officer? Might I add, an officer that was working under cover due to many reports of lewd acts being carried out in the same public washroom.

    Next Question. Why would Craig if he was innocent, even entertain the thought of pleading guilty? The normal reaction of innocence would be Craig's utter outrage at the officer's mere suggestion of solicitation charges. Craig did not show outrage.

    I fail to understand how anyone could suggest Craig is innocent of the charge made against him. And if he is married with grown children and grandchildren his actions are more reprehensible.

    August 28, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Skel, San Francisco CA

    Well, I guess Mitt Romney should have checked this guy out before signing him onto his campaign...Just as voters should check out the MORMON CULT before voting for one of its' members. The lesson? BE INFORMED!

    August 28, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Carl, Dallas, Texas

    Anyone else thinking of the movie "American Beauty" right now in regards to this story.... I am

    August 28, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    The sexually deviant publican senators or representative are getting caught and shown their true colors. Also remember the David Vitter with prostitutes, and Mark Foley with page boys.

    August 28, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. David, Salinas, CA

    Cara of Harrisonburg VA “Does this have anything to do with party alignment?”

    Yes it does, Cara. Because Republicans like Senator Craig are the ones crusading against gay rights. Craig strongly opposes same-sex domestic partnership benefits, voted to prohibit same-sex marriage, voted against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, voted against expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation, and in general speaks about homosexuality as sinful behavior. Setting aside the question of hypocrisy, this kind of voting and rhetoric is harmful to real American citizens, and it’s largely the Republican party doing that harm. Until Republicans face the fact that homosexuality is an unchangeable part of life on earth, gay Americans are going to keep demanding their rights and gay Republicans are going to keep emerging from closets and public restrooms. This isn’t just Craig’s hypocrisy, (or Foley’s or Haggard’s). It’s Republican hypocrisy. That’s what makes this a real story and not just cheap gossip.

    You also asked: “Hey CNN-where was the article about D-Bob Filner (Calif.) being charged with assault recently?!”

    The answer is it’s down bout three pages. It was Posted 8/21/2007 09:03:54 AM and now has 61 comments.

    August 28, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. a Utah Mormon

    And of course Romney has to comment that "Yeah, I think this reminds us of Mark Foley and Bill Clinton." SOOO not even close, Mitt. He's obviously attended the Karl Rove School of Political Strategy. "Inappropriate behavior" or not, the truth is that Bill can out-President this guy ANY day. He's got more class than Romney could ever hope to have.
    I wouldn't vote for Mitt Romney if my life depended on it.

    August 28, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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