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. Ali Husain, Phoenix Arizona

    Sen Craig is worse than John Kerry... talk about flip flopping. First headmitted to doing it then he said he didnt. Then he said he will quit and is now going to reconsider that.... make up your mind so we can all get on with life and not have to hear about it anymore.

    September 4, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Rafael Richmond Virginia

    I like to see the Senator take that plea back and beat that officer in court. I am sick of the tricks that police officers play and how they trap you. Terrible judgement by the Senator in pleading guilty but, in a situation like that I don't even know how I would have reacted. Fight this Senator.

    September 4, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Paul, Dearborn MI

    (In 1964) The New York Times editorialized that "there can be no place on the White House staff or in the upper echelons of government for a person of markedly deviant behavior."

    It is TIME to restore FAITH in AMERICA.

    September 4, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Jim, Davison, Mi.

    Craig reconsidering resigning...I say this, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. If Craig has to resign for, how did McCain put it, 'Conduct unbecoming of a senator,' because he plead guilty to a crime; then shouldn't Kennedy also have resigned after Chappaquiddick? Or was that more becoming of a senator...
    Perhaps that's why I'm an independant

    September 4, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Bob

    Good grief. Senator "Wide Stance" is reconsidering. It's sad that this is what a gay man must do to keep his perceived dignity. The senator is clearly gay or bi and very ashamed of it. Anyone who thinks this was just a guy in the wrong place at the wrong time is dreaming. He gave multiple signals, that are very clear, to an under cover cop. Oh and so very coincidentally, he's been under investigation by the Idaho Statesman for his gay hookups before this....and was "outed" by a gay blogger. And was talked about as possibly involved with a gay page scandal years ago.... coincidence? Ummm, not.

    September 4, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Jack Jett

    This is good. Let's keep this in the news.

    jack jett

    September 4, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. JC, Motor City, MI

    "I'm guilty."
    "I regret pleading guilty"
    "I'm going to resign"
    "I might not resign"

    And we wonder why nothing gets done in Washington.

    September 4, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. James, Phoenix AZ

    I hope Senator Craig stays... just to hear the left howl!

    September 4, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Adam, Plano, TX

    no surprise, he is reconsidering his guilty plea after all. hope this doesn't mean he'll reconsider any votes he does too lol

    September 4, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. New Bern, North Carolina

    this guy is realy sick people – at first i was not HEATED because he would resign – now that he is changing his mind rases even more questions. this guy does not have good judgment! how dumb can he i guess were are to belive he was intrapped into resigning? Larry Craig and Specter are laughable i have lost all respect for spector and now hope he is replaced with a dem due to his aiding and abetting. spector looks so stupid protecting this guy it makes you wonder if the guy is on drugs!

    September 4, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. frank Honolulu HI

    Please just go. You are not believable. Save what's left of your dignity.

    September 4, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. John, Los Angeles, CA

    Don't resign Larry, playing footsie is not a crime, and foot tapping is not a crime, even in a Minneapolis airport men's restroom with a cop bent on entrapment.

    September 4, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Mad Dogs, Saint Paul Minnesota

    Regarding the report on Senator Larry Craig “rethinking” his resignation, my swag is that he’s looking for a “payoff” for going quietly.

    Phone lines between Idaho and Senator Mitch McConnell are probably burning up.

    What does Larry “really” want?

    An Idaho “boondoggle” like that Alaska Bridge to Nowhere?

    A final say or the only say in his replacement?

    Or just cold, hard cash?

    To gauge just how badly the Repugs want him gone, watch for “how big” and not just “what”.

    September 4, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. nathalie fausty, LA, CA

    how long does it take for a senator to get from the last security check point to a gate?

    September 4, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Ron NY

    CNN you keep reporting about what craig has pleaded to and thats good. However, somewhat redundent.How about weather or not he does his job? or how well? Also how many gay men are in a position of goverment?Does this really determin how well he can perform his job?I see EGG IN THE FACE COMING are you shure that it wasent a set up !!!!!!Think about it!!!!

    September 4, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Eugene Loughran, Wilmington, NY 12997

    I believe Sen. Craig should fight the charges against him. This is obviously a case of entrapment by the Police. What are the chances that a undercover Police Officer would be in the bathroom? If Sen. Craid did tap the Officers foot, did the Officer have to tap back? I am becoming very leary of the Police in this country. It is evident that Sen. Craig made some bad choices, however I don't believe a police witch hunt on the Senator was appropriate. I believe he was set up. Pure and simple. This is a case of making a mountain out of a mole hill.

    September 4, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Jon, New Brunswick NJ

    You can't have your cake and eat it too. You can't resign and then say, "I shouldn't have resigned because I'm really innocent."

    September 4, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. steve sohriakoff, indianapolis,indiana

    My assumption,he was ill advised, the results are devastating to the least, in his behalf. Think about it, this happenned in June, why a big stir now?

    September 4, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. Bill, San Jose CA

    For the sake of preserving any dignity our Senate members (or political leaders) must display to our citizens, Sen. Craig should resign and end saving his career. Leaders in his position and influence in lawmaking must be held to a high standard and we need more examples of doing the right thing. Sen. Craig admitted (mail-in plea) and had the resources and time to make the right decision. He made his decision and must pay the consequences. Making his situation go away is by no means an argument for him to continue his service as a Senator. I feel if he wins support and does retain his seat, this sends a very bad message to our youth, that making decisions to hide the skeletons in your closet is acceptable. This is a lawmaker... there can be no mistakes in morals, but more importantly he has shown extremely bad judgment in this situation and based on this alone, I would not want him to represent me.

    September 4, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. Mark, McAllen, Texas

    This desperate trial balloon will fly no higher than his ridiculous attempts at explaining his actions.

    A fitting ending to a sad man. Oh no, I didn't mean to plead guilty! Oh NO! I didn't mean to resign! What next?

    September 4, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
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    September 4, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. Mason, Wales, WI

    Stay strong Senator Craig! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

    September 4, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. Tired of politicians, everywhere USA

    Give us a break Larry Craig, I'm a Repub and have seen enough. Pled guilty in the criminal process, wants to re-think it....pleads guilty in the political arena by resigning, wants to re-think it. While the evidence may not support a criminal conviction (which he pled guilty to) the evidence (pleading guilty and not telling your wife, kids, political advisors et. al) speaks plenty to your guilt.

    Larry, if you have any thoughts of re-postioning your decisions of the last few days...maybe it should be regarding your sexuality. Your family, constituents and you deserve an honest answer.

    September 4, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Rodney Dallas, TX

    Just resign already and get out of office. It's one less Republican to corrupt the already tarnished government.

    September 4, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  25. nathalie fausty, la, ca

    Well every citizen needs to be charge before conviction. I did not see a true cut case against Larry Craig

    September 4, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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