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. Rodney Dallas TX

    Talk about a flip flopper. So is Bush standing behind him like he did all the other crooks, I mean, friends, ergh members of his administration?

    October 4, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Sybil,ny

    The Republicans are a stubborn group of people. They refuse to give up even when they're wrong.

    October 4, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Richard, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    The man who pled guilty and signed a statement saying he would make no claim of innocence – now says he's innocent.

    The man who said he would resign – now says he won't resign.

    The man who claims to be worried about Idaho having seniority in the senate – refuses to let any replacement get started early to build seniority.

    The man who claims he's not gay, has never stated whether or not he's bi-sexual. Is he parsing words by construing the term "gay" to mean a person who ONLY has sex with men – and saying 'that's not me'?

    Typical politician. His words mean nothing. He's concerned only about holding onto power.

    October 4, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    The right-wing needed a gay poster-boy! I bet Dobson is getting really uncomfortable,probably calling a male prostitute right now for a "massage" and some crystal meth.

    October 4, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Thank you Senator Craig, you have shown all of us what it means to be a true conservative Republican.

    Now on another note, we need to determine which Democratic candidate sold his or her soul to the devil.I mean it can't get any better for the Democrats and any worse for Republicans.

    Or can it?

    October 4, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Trollmaster, CA

    Is this guy a secret agent of the Democrat party trying to make Repubilcans look bad, or is he truly this arrogant and stupid?

    October 4, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. bobbysingleton, Philadelphia, PA

    I think Craig should take his case to court. That way he'll get to squirm under scrutiny of all the other stuff in his closet.

    He may not think he's leaving the Senate, but he will be leaving the Senate.

    October 4, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Barney Frank US-Govt

    What?? This guy can't stay in office after being involved in a sex scandal!!

    October 4, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Brad, Stockton, CA


    Waiting and hoping and praying that everything will blow over and reminding us over and over again that you are NOT gay.

    Get real. YOU are the one responsible for all of the continuing hype. I'm sure that most intelligent people don't care if you are gay, however what is disgusting to me is that the people of Idaho are willing to put up with a has-been, power-tripped moron as their state's example of a United States Senator.

    I smile to myself every time I hear your name, because I know that as long as it continues to be in the news, your party continues to wither away while you your name becomes more synonomous with the word "gay" each and every day.

    Gay or not, and regardless of how much money you spend on lawyers, you will always be remembered by the American people as the gay senator from Idaho.

    I certainly hope that you can keep your name in the news all the way to the 2008 election.

    October 4, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. stephen

    Idaho in play for 08? Any thoughts?

    October 4, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Scott, Poughkeepsie NY

    This is AWESOME! One of the stupidest things Craig could do and a real drag on the Republican Party! This man so clearly lives in a world of denial.

    October 4, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. David, Encinitas, CA

    If he was a democrat, do you think the republicans would be giving him a moment's peace?

    October 4, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. mike adkins, charlotte,nc

    LARRY CRAIG IS AN IDIOT! he plead guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid prosecution for the more serious sex offense . it happens all the time in our court system. he has not been tried except in the court of public opinion, so he should shut up, let it go and tap dance all the way home.

    October 4, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. timmy Dallas TX

    Poor Craig:

    * Can't figure out which hand he uses to pick something up

    * Can't figure out how to plead

    * Can't figure out whether he wants a lawyer

    * Can't figure out whether he's going to quit the senate

    What else can't this guy figure out?

    What I can figure out is this: When people will vote for such a clod and entrust him with so much responsibility, our basis for government is ... well, is there any point in saying it?

    To think that my Dad fought WW2 for jokers like this. How pathetic.

    October 4, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    appeal now that the choice of retirement is not left up to the judge.

    October 4, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Rob, San Diego CA

    This man is PATHETIC! I can't wait until the ethics committee gets through with him.

    October 4, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Shawn Smith Kansas City MO

    Proof that there really are gay men in the republican party! Such hypocrisy is evident, but you can't bargain with the rule of law. =)

    October 4, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Mike, Pasadena CA

    Sounds like he's back to his sanctimonious ways. Unfortunately he follows his own Gospel of "John."

    October 4, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Tony Kash, Jackson, Tennessee

    I grew up a Democrat, but I have found more common ground in my moral and ethical beliefs in the Republican party. However, Craig is a disgrace to the Republican and would be to the Democrats also. He needs to get out or forced out by his party. What a poor excuse for a person of such a high position. Almost makes a person want to quit buying Idaho potatoes if they weren't so good to eat.

    October 4, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. drz, San Francisco, CA

    This is great. He'll serve as a symbol of the ethics for the Republican party. He would likely be replaced by a less divisive Republican, so let's keep Craig in office until the next election. He's the gift that keeps on giving. First he pleads guilty, then he states his intention to resign, then he tries to not plead guilt, then says he'll stay in the Senate. A professional flip-flopper and toe-tapper in one!

    October 4, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. anon, new york, NY

    He lied he was not gay, he lied he was innocent, and he lied that he would resigned upon court decision. What a liar.

    Shame on you, Craig. Pls go away and bury yourself underneath a rock...

    October 4, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Republicans should move to expell him, and failing that nationally repudiate him and run a primary challenger to oust him. If Baucus in MT is any indication, those northern mountain state Dems are in for life when they get in.

    October 4, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Stephen, Sherwood OR

    Maybe Senator Craig forgot that there aren't actually charges against him–he pleaded guilty.

    October 4, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. r sisk, nevada

    I have heard that if you lie enough you start believing your own lies. Does this big MO really think the arresting officer framed him by making up the whole story. Sorry Larry, we're not buying it and neither is this judge. A word of advice, you might find yourself a happier person if you do some soul searching and realize your true nature.

    October 4, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. OMG

    He must have his eye on a nice young page!!!!!

    October 4, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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