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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  1. Jan, Boise Idaho

    While I disagree with many of Senator Craig's views, the incident in the Minneapolis airport restroom is disturbing for what it says about today's political climate and our judicial system. Everytime I hear the taped interview replayed, I become more empathetic to Craig's plight. I hope he fights it to the bitter end. To hell with the party!

    September 4, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    The Republican Party gladly threw Sen. Larry Craig under the bus because of embarrassment over the moral hypocrisy of party members and supporters like the co-chairman of McCain’s Florida campaign, the South Carolina campaign manager for Giuliani, Rev. Ted Haggard, Mark Foley, and Sen. David Vitter. They didn’t want prolonged publicity for another morality problem, this time involving the man Mitt Romney chose as his Senate liaison.

    Now, Sen. Craig is considering not resigning. Hopefully, he will continue the fight. This will give everyone a chance to see if he is truly innocent as he now claims or just another hypocrite. It offers the chance to bring justice to not only Sen. Craig, but Minnesota policeman Sgt. Dave Karsnia, who is maligned every time Craig’s supporters say that Craig is innocent. Sen. Craig’s supporters want us to believe in his integrity because they are convinced that he lied when he said he was guilty and lied when he signed statements that he understood that the court would not accept guilty pleas from someone who was innocent. Should Sen. Craig succeed in proving he lied and gets off, then all that will be left will be perjury charges. All of America needs a chance to see if Sen. Craig is innocent or “a bad boy, a naughty boy” or “even a nasty, bad, naughty boy.”

    September 4, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    I sure hope he stays and continues to deny that he's gay and a hypocrite. Also would like to see the Republicans attack the police officer doing his job as well as our system of justice by claiming a guilty plea is not a final adjudication.
    Beside, the republican Senator from Louisiana, another family values moralizer got caught running with prostitutes and the republican leadership let him stay.

    September 4, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  4. Mrs. America

    So, let me understand this. Craig plans to go to a Minnesota judge after admitting he lied under oath to another Minnesota judge and expects to be exonerated? Whoever is writing his bio must love this story.

    September 4, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. jms, Tn

    Although I do not believe in the use of entrapement, I do believe Mr Craig
    is in denial.

    September 4, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  6. Rich-- Canton, OH

    Larry– PLEASE don't resign, and please fight your guilty plea out in public, so that the American public can see what a true Republican is every day on the TV from now until the '08 election. You have the fate of the Republican party in your hands– and you can crush them by just staying in the public eye. Do it for all of America, Larry! We need the comedy. We need you on TV every night for the next 16 months. Keep fighting yourself in public. It is all just too, too precious.

    September 4, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  7. Carol, Boise, Idaho

    The only way you, Larry Craig, are going to redeem yourself with the conservative public and your constituents is to quit being an embarassing laughing stock and to get your house in order. We need a break from you and all your stupidity (e.g., trying to withdraw your resignation after trying to withdraw your guilty plea). It makes us all sick so GROW UP and quit being a self-centered egotist! Go out and do something that betters the world while seeking humbleness and humility. After that occurs, you may just begin to redeem yourself in our eyes.

    September 4, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. c. mitschke

    I just want to say Senator Craig, fight, fight, fight for your career and your family. Entrapment is not a nice thing and you did nothing sexual. So fight for your career and your family and fight everyone you have to. Remember all the sexual scandals in the Democratic party. Remember Sandy Berger who put classified papers in his pants and socks and did not know how they got there. Remember the porn parties at Barney Franks. He nor any of the other resigned. Stand up and fight for you family, life and job. I stand with you.

    September 4, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. James, San Jose, CA

    Give us a break already!

    Larry, please don't drag your state and the country through this anymore. You made more than one mistake and you've admitted your guilt, its over. Tell the whole truth to your poor wife, your pastor, and God and move on. Coming out of the closet isn't as bad as you're afraid of!

    September 4, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. Griffin (NYC)

    I hope that Sen Larry Craig can clear his name for misbahavior, but I, as a gay AMERICAN without a misbahavior report, is waiting for a FULL apology on why he EQUATES GAY to lewd behavior. Obviously, he should step down becuase he cannot represent the general population only his own self-loathing person. Gay Amerticans are proud, repsectful and get cught in simular situation, and maybe we can use his "mistake" as ours "mistake" in the future. The issue will be for the real-predator Sen. Craig, not the gay american wishing to meet others for a life, a common ground. It is amazing that you can force use to toilets (as you think), but apparently, you have a lot to think about.... even more so to learn. Gay Americans are more enleghtned, knowledgable and respecrful then apparently you are... I will have to remember a new put down to people..... Oh.. you kust oulled a Sne. Craig.
    Griffin (NYC)
    PS. You should be more forgiven of yourslef and THOSE YOU HAVE PURSECUTED. HIPOCRIT

    September 5, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  11. Bryan, Houston, Texas

    Is this guy for real? Come on fella you might be getting some sympathy support from Specter but you've made your bed ...

    September 5, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  12. Ed, Lockeford, CA

    On CNN’s news today we hear Craig is considering moving to withdraw his plea. Good idea.

    A couple of days ago I posted a comment asking why this hadn’t been mentioned.

    This evening Tuesday 9/4/07 CNN’s legal expert Toobin, one person who never mentioned this motion, offered some defensive comments in the face of Spector’s opinion, In which Spector agreed with me, suggesting Craig consider withdrawing his plea. Now Toobin is reeling under the pressure of the comments of a very senior U.S. Senator who is also an astute lawyer.

    Toobin’s understandably restrained efforts to contradict Spector were not convincing. Toobin’s description of the scope of a motion to withdraw a plea was dismally unimaginative. It was also self-serving. Toobin was caught in a cross-fire between his own mis-analysis during his first comments a couple of days ago, and the contrary analysis of Senator Spector. Toobin, rather than forthrightly admit his oversight, tried to oppose Spector, a difficult feat in the face of Spector’s prestige and ability, not to mention his position among the Republican hierarchy. And all the more difficult because Spector is correct.

    Toobin would have CNN’s national audience believe that this motion is only appropriate under the most egregious circumstances, amounting to an outright, facial denial of due process.

    It isn’t that simple. The right to counsel is a federal constitutional right. Waiver of that right must be intelligent and informed. The facts in the police report reflect both a denial of guilt and a less than convincing factual basis. However, the court accepted a guilty plea under these circumstances, without even the review or approval of a defense lawyer.

    It shouldn’t be too hard to make a persuasive argument, under the applicable case law, that the proceedings fell short of federal constitutional standards.

    Pursuit of this line is beginning to look like a win for Craig.

    September 5, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  13. bill ocklawaha ,florida

    I have never been a good judge of liars, so I would enjoy seeing a voice stress test done on the police /Craig conversation . I believe they both lied at that meeting

    September 5, 2007 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  14. Patrick Beringer, Seattle WA

    It's funny how most of the guys who participate in public sex with other men tend to be extremely closeted married men or self-identify as "straight." This is not something most gay people do. They don't have to. They're honest. They like themselves. They can get dates. Poor Larry. Voted against gay marriage and voted against domestic partnership benefits. We're seeing the hypocrisy of the Republican party at it's finest. I think his wife is probably used to this, and I'm willing to wager they don't sleep in the same bed. I feel sorry for both of them, but especially her.

    September 5, 2007 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  15. John Robertson Boise Idaho

    Craig announces he is reconsidering resigning. And that it was a mistake to plead guilty. And he hire Vick's attorney!

    Has anyone noticed that when Craig speaks he looks and sounds like a Republican preacher who is hiding something creepy or evil about himself?

    September 5, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  16. Michael G. Ventura,CA

    "Larry!" -Enough already! Probably was entrapment, for sure it is Karma for the GOP-their "family" values are showing......again!

    September 5, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  17. Steve, NYC, NY

    Why is it for the "good" of anyone for us to treat this man so badly because he was involved in something that was possibly related to gay sex? As a country, we have let many public figures do very bad things with impunity. Is Senator Craig's true "crime" that he is demonstrating human weakness in public?

    September 5, 2007 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  18. sonya, atlanta, ga

    The republican gift that keeps on giving. Please go away. If you didn't do it why did you sign the plea deal.

    September 5, 2007 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  19. robert buss eugene oregon

    how can someone as two faced as craig is stay in office? i am an out gay man that doesn't believe in hiding behind a beard and ruining other lives needlessly. he should have come out years ago, because he didn't just turn gay. but since he's lied about this and voted against the gay community at every turn he should get out of office. he also should hang his head in shame for lying to himself and others. IMPEACH BUSH

    September 5, 2007 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  20. W. Eskdale, St. Pete, FL

    Gee, and I thought only Democrats shot themselves in the foot. This may not be the biggest issue, but if Craig stays or trys to stay, its only more fodder to be used against the Repubs who are in deep doo doo as it is. Let's see, Delay, Vitter, Foley, Craig...I think I missed a few, oh yeah Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld...maybe a few more?

    September 5, 2007 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  21. Chris Madsen Kaneohe, HI

    Let's just give Larry Craig the benefit of the doubt. He's a politician maybe reaching under the stall with his hand was his "grass roots campaigning". You never know where one might win over a vote. Gives a whole knew meaning to political handshaking!

    I can wait to see his version of kissing babies!

    September 5, 2007 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  22. Dan, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    A bigger flip-flopper than Mitt Romney!

    No do-overs!

    September 5, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  23. karen orlando, fl

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

    Posted By James, Phoenix AZ : September 4, 2007 9:57 pm

    Oh James, you are so mistaken. It won't be the left that is howling, you see we don't have an irrational fear of homosexuals, it's Republican's that are so vocal in calling for his resignation. Maybe they're afraid that they will turn gay if they get too close to him in the Senate hallways.

    September 5, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  24. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    look at the above photo. Larry's just went "butch" on us.

    September 5, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  25. Anonymous

    This the kind of guy we want in Senate? He seems to have a serious issue with keeping decisions he makes.

    September 5, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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