BOISE, Idaho (CNN) – Idaho’s Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Thursday said to CNN Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that Sen. Craig was in a "tough spot" and indicated that the senator’s loss of key Senate committee assignments could be “problematic” for Idaho residents.
"Obviously, some of his colleagues in the Senate are calling for his resignation but, once again, Larry's going to have to work that out himself," said Otter. "Nobody likes these kind of problems, these kind of problems you just can't…. get rid of with a simple explanation. It takes a long time, and then you never really unring the bell. So, as we go forward, I suspect there's going to have to be additional consideration by Larry and his family on where exactly to go."
Are you essentially saying it’s time for Sen. Craig to resign? Bash followed-up.
“What I said was it's a tough spot for Larry, and it's a tough spot for his family, and as this thing drags on, and we already know that there's going to be congressional hearings on it, ethics committee - as is appropriate and proper - that it takes a long, long time for these things to work themselves out,” he said.
When Bash asked the governor if the senator's political career would be able to withstand the storm, the governor simply replied, "I'm not going to go there."
- CNN's Dana Bash and Sareena Dalla