October 4th, 2007
04:21 PM ET
11 years ago

Craig: I am staying

Sen. Craig said he will pursue "additional legal options."

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig said Thursday he will remain in the Senate and study "additional legal options" after a Minnesota judge refused to throw out his August guilty plea stemming from an airport sex sting.

In a statement from his office, the three-term Republican said he was "extremely disappointed" in Thursday's ruling.

"I am innocent of the charges against me. I continue to work with my legal team to explore my additional legal options," he said.

He said the past few weeks have shown that "it is possible for me to work here effectively," and said any replacement appointed by Idaho's governor would not have the seniority and committee assignments "that are valuable to Idaho."

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Connie, Tn.

    This guy really has a "decision making" problem. Just what we need in the Senate.

    October 4, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. RJ, NY

    Hypocrite. Liar. Embarrassment. Fake. Hey Larry, why don't you listen to the people around you (you know... the voters, the taxpayers and your friends) – leave like you said you would. You have let down the American public and you (as the judge said) are a big boy (or baby as it seems) and should know as a Senator what the law is. What a joke you are. If anyone researches the cop who nailed this clown, you will all realize that although there is a lot of police corruption, there is FAR MORE of it up on the Hill. This cop was a noble guy who has a history of doing the right thing. Ever take a look into Craig's history? Go on You Tube and check out Larry's other 'gay' adventures. Joke.

    October 4, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    I sort of hope Craig stays in office because this could help the Dems in the long run. Think about it this way, if he resigns, another GOP person fills his seat (governor appointment). This will give the GOP a boost in the 2008 Idaho senate regular election, the new appointee can claim that he/she is experienced in office, etc. Whereas when Craig leaves office when his term expires, then this will be an open seat, with a slim possibility for a Dem senator.

    October 4, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Evan

    haha, thank you, Mr. Craig. You are the democrats' best friend.

    I can see the November 2009 headline now: "Craig Loses in Landslide"

    October 4, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. jo, ATL GA

    Larry we can also show you kindness and say one can not loss their job over sex.

    Unilike you, "thinking you are holyier than thou".

    I have no problem with you staying even if Idaho votes to send you back.

    October 4, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Laura - Tulsa, OK

    He's entitled to due process of law (what was he accused of , anyway?...)

    I just hope his process will not come out of taxpayers' money.

    October 4, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. JAB

    Give it up Mr. Craig – you're done.

    October 4, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Joe Idaho

    If he runs for re-election that'll be another senate seat the democrats can pick up in '08, keep your fingers crossed that he's so self-absorbed that we can make it so

    October 4, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    You go Senator Craig! If they aren't going to force someone like Vitter who hires prostitutes (a crime btw), then why should they force you out for some consensual man lovin? It aint right!

    (Psst – Just tell them that God has forgiven you and they'll pretend like everything's ok!)

    October 4, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Anthony Odessa, TX

    Mr. Craig –

    Finally, a politician who is doing what is right for his state. Idaho would lose very valuable seniority and committee assignments if you were to leave. As a Democrat, I must say that I admire your willingness to tell Mitch McConnell to go to Hadies(sp?).

    You got an unfair shake from the Senate Republican Leadership. Why were you treated with much more disdain than David Vitter?

    October 4, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Sean, Boston MA

    This guy is such a boob....when will her just go away. What a disgrace to his office and his family. Good riddens if you ask me. Got caught, admitted to it, then says, whoops, didn't really mean it? What, he didn't think this would come out in the press!? Come on Senator – grow up and take what you deserve!

    October 4, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Fed Up, Boise, ID

    It's bad enough that Sen. Craig, by his own guilty plea, has admitted to improper conduct. But how he's proven himself dishonest as well.

    First he promised to resign. Then he said he'd resign at the end of September if not cleared by then. Then he said he'd resign if the judge ruled he could not reverse his guilty plea. September came and went, and the judge ruled he could not reverse it. So now he's *still* not resigning, so he can "explore additional legal options".

    Get the corrupt politicans who can't even be consistent with themselves inside a month out of Washington.

    October 4, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Hugh Miller Weeki Wachee, Florida

    Larry Craig can find more ways to lie that has ever been tried before. Your times up ...You need to go.

    October 4, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. spinstopper

    Yeah, he's staying, at least until the next election. But he'll have to switch parties to get re-elected after that..

    October 4, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. VanReuter NY NY

    Stay Larry...stay until at least November of 2008. We're with you buddy!

    The DNC

    October 4, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Pete Gage, Eagan MN

    Typical Washington double-talk. Agree to one thing and do another. No wonder Congress's approval rating is at an all time low. The man is a disgrace to his state and to the entire country. No one in Congress takes responsibility for any of their actions. We need a common sense party instead of Repulican or Democrat parties.

    October 4, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Idaho must be very proud.

    October 4, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Zack, NJ

    He should just resign. He's making himself and Idaho look more and more like a big joke.

    October 4, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Richard, Tucson, AZ

    It's time for congress to kick this guy out. He's shown by his actions that he is not the kind of leader that this country needs. While his sexuality does not come into play whatsoever, his lack of common sense do. He has proved that he makes bad choices and is not willing to live up to his word. Get him out.

    October 4, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. GB Dallas, TX

    YES !!!!!

    Thank you Larry. Now if we can just get Mark Foley back!!!

    I'm excited about '08

    October 4, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Shawn, Lincoln, NE

    The Republican Party must be sick of this entire episode being drawn out and getting continued attention. The bigger question is whether another Republican will be able to fill his seat or will another Jon Tester western Democrat be able to seize on the discontent with this and gain another seat for the Democrats. The Repubicans are happy to keep the seat for now but it may hurt them in the long run. Why keep him if his resignation would make room for a successor that would have an incumbent advantage in the next election cycle. It doesn't make any sense to me, and I'm a democrat!!

    October 4, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Fred, Reston VA

    Wow...didn't see that one coming. SIKE!

    Right wingers are so arrogant. Does he really think he needs to stay in the Senate in order to give Idaho more clout in Senate committees, especially when repubs are in the minority???? What a piece of work.

    October 4, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Ryan, New York, NY

    Wow, the Republicans must really regret pushing the term "flip-flop" a few years back.

    October 4, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. F. Bernhardt, Drumheller, Alberrta

    When are we going to elect politicians that do what they say. Whether innocent or quilty, if you say you are going to resign if the judge does not allow a change of plea, then do what you said you would do. Where is integrity, honesty etc. It is about time we incorporate term limits for ALL politicians.

    October 4, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Steve K., Washington, DC

    Is lurking in bathroom stalls and attempting to engage in lewd sex acts a crime??? Give the guy a break!

    October 4, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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