September 5th, 2007
12:11 AM ET
11 years ago

Sen. Larry Craig reconsidering resignation

Sen. Larry Craig announced his intention to resign on Saturday.

BOISE, Idaho - Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman told the Associated Press Tuesday evening.

"It's not such a foregone conclusion anymore, that the only thing he could do was resign," said Sidney Smith, Craig's spokesman in Idaho's capital.

"We're still preparing as if Senator Craig will resign Sept. 30, but the outcome of the legal case in Minnesota and the ethics investigation will have an impact on whether we're able to stay in the fight - and stay in the Senate," Smith added.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Sabrina, Omaha Nebraska

    Mercy, make up your mind already. First he pleads guilty then pleads ignorance, then he resigns and is rethinking that decision too? I'm glad I don't live in the State of Idaho.

    September 4, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. gaydem, Brooklyn, NY

    Run Larry, Run!!!!!!

    September 4, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Kelly Cooper Portland Oregon

    Great! Now a Democratic opponent will have an even better chance to snag his seat. Woops! Maybe I should have used a more apropriate phrase?

    September 4, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. jjc, Boston, MA

    This guy is a sick puppy. He should be seeking therapy.

    September 4, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. dave

    If he is so innocent, then he should stand up and fight... if the voters want him out, then then can choose to no elect him next term... until then, I dont see anyone calling for resignation for the congressmen that are linked to hookers

    September 4, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. Mike Mitchell, Mount Sterling, KY

    I am a democrat and even though he is a republican, I don't believe Senator Craig should resign unless he is PROVEN guilty. I feel that he was invloved in an entrapment sting which I feel should be illegal. Are there any other gay incidents involving him?

    September 4, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Alexis Biolley San Francisco, CA

    I guess Senator Craig just has trouble deciding which side he is on...

    September 4, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Adam, Los Angeles, CA

    This guy really sticks to his guns! First he pleads guilty to the misdemeanor charges against him, then he publicly says he shouldn't have done so. Later, he makes a speech saying he wasn't gay and that people were after him in something of a 'witchhunt.' Then he resigs and apologizes for his actions. After all this, he new reconsiders his resignation–sounds more like a crazy person and, hopefully, less like a Senator.

    September 4, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Matt, Canoga Park CA

    Are you kidding me???? First off you can't unring a bell and you should not take the advice of Arlen Specter. He was the same fool who came up with the Magic Bullet theory to explain the Kennedy Assination.

    Give it up Larry. You can not admit guilt then claim you were not guilty. Now you want to quit and then say what? You didn't know why you were quitting.

    Just pull the band aid off fast and quick so we can drop your sorry excuse off the news radar.

    September 4, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Jimbo, Spring TX

    Larry, just come out of the closet!

    September 4, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. KMH, Dayton, OH

    Wow... what guts you have. To campaign on such conservative issues, only to get busted for something not only illegal.. but immoral.

    It is clear that based on past ivestigations in to possible sexual misconduct on your part and now in recent restroom events, this cannot and should not go ignored by the Senate, Senate oversight cmte. and The President. You used your elected position of Senator (flashing your senate creds) to try to get out of jail free. Shame on you.

    Such bad press you bring to your party. Too many Republicans feel the need to rally against someone like Bill Clinton (for a morals issue) however those same Republicans cannot hold themselves to the same standard? What gives?

    In any other job... if you were anyone else... you'd have been escorted to the door... and asked never to return.

    September 4, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Ken, Seattle WA

    I hope someone is keeping track of the headlines so far:

    -Larry Craig reconsidering his guilty plea.
    -Larry Craig reconsidering his sexual orientation.
    -Larry Craig reconsidering his resignation.

    Is anyone noticing a pattern? Sorry Larry, those are all things you can't change, sucker!

    September 4, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Mark, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    It's plain and simple folks. He admitted guilt... regardless of his reasons... he is on public record, admitting guilt. If he chooses to stay in the Senate, after already declaring his resignation, I would hope that the Senate Leaders would choose to have him removed.

    His offense, whether it's true guilt of the crime or not... is also stupidity. He chose to plead guilty... And now, that the personal and political repercussions are obvious.. he is trying to find a way to save face.

    End of story. He's finished politically... and would do best to get out of the limelight, and allow someone else to begin campaigning for his job. He is only adding another layer of filth to the RNC and the Party in General.

    September 4, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. j Cedar Rapids IA

    Can you take back a vote? NO. so you should not be able to take back a resignation either. Be professional, follow through and leave....

    September 4, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. PB, chicago, IL

    Here's the deal: If any sound person listens to the tape recording of his arrest. The arresting officer's case seems very very weak. Unless, there's other reported information to suggest a pattern of perverted behavior. I say fight for your job. I'm sure there are some Senators and everyday folk who read the storyline and then changed their opinion after hearing the taped incident. Oh yeah, there are many purported examples of cops fabricating stories to support their case! At best, I'm very skeptical.

    September 4, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I want to see this poor slob self-destruct even further in full view of a hostile GOP, public and press. He gives closet preeves an even worse image than they already have.

    September 4, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. Ken, Kalamazoo, Michigan

    The darkness that Senator Craig has shed over his seat is matched only by that within the closet he refuses to step out off. Give it a rest Senator and let the good people of Idaho move on.

    September 4, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. Art W , Del Mar, CA

    We democrats can only hope that Senator Craig decides to stay in the senate and fight for his seat. We welcome the chance to enjoy another year to expose the country to this low life in the GOP. Please reconsider !!

    September 4, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. A Joseph

    The story should read: After his arrest and conviction. The word conviction was not in there!

    September 4, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. ThirstyJon, Freedomville, IL

    Well. If he didn't do it, he never should have plead guilty the first time. That was a serious mistake. Having said that, I can see why he would have. He was probably trying to avoid going through the very thing that he is going through right now!

    The law will decide if he successfully reverses his plea, but personally I am willing to reserve judgment on the man and give him a chance to defend himself properly this time.

    I wonder, is there any possibility that the sting that led to his arrest was a politically motivated setup?


    September 4, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    what an idiot!

    September 4, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Jerry, LA, CA

    Way to go, Larry, come back and destroy the republican party!

    September 4, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. dave meccariello tampa florida

    dont rethink... just dont cave in... you will look more guilty. whether you did or didnt isnt the issue... dont let anyone railroad you out of town

    September 4, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. RB

    Way to go, Larry.

    Keep the country focused on your bathroom escapades – that will help your reputation and the future of the GOP.

    Nothing like good old fashioned food fight in the Republican cafeteria to stimulate voters.

    You've gotta be kidding..........

    September 4, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. Bob, Burley, ID

    Well, it's hard to say I'm surprised. The power of the Senate is even a greater aphrodisiac than the cold tile and steel of public men's rooms. Senator Craig has no shame. It's difficult to imagine a more disappointing chain of events than Senator Craig has brought about.

    September 4, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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