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. Daniel Sugar Land Texas

    He just needs to get out. Ge should get out of the Senate and get out of the CLOSET!! All the judgmental statements he ever made about our loved President Bill Clinton now apply to him. The hippoctit should get what he deserves! As a closeted member of the gay community he turned coat on us as much as he did on his poor wife! What respectful gay man would have him? Eewww!

    October 4, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Cindy, Kissimmee, Florida

    It's ok Bush will say Craig is not guilty 18 times in his next speech and all good lil Republicans will believe him.

    October 4, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Dem Chicago, IL

    Thank You Larry Craig,

    Please stay in the Senate, please stay as long as you can.



    October 4, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    With the Republicans' association with such disgraceful politicians as Bush (no explanation needed), McCain (for his "Christian Nation" comment), Limbaugh ("Phony Soldiers" remark), and Craig (homosexual behavior), it's no wonder why Hillary and the Democrats are leading in the polls.

    A United States senator is supposed to be an individual who is fair, just, and keeps to his word to serve the people. This is a term that no longer applies to Craig (or any of the above mentioned people). He says he's against gay rights, yet his behavior in June could be seen as asking for gay sex. He said he'd leave office if unable to overturn his guilty plea, yet now he keeps on postponing his retirement. Face it, Craig, you can neither outrun nor hide from the inevitable. Do yourself and your party a favor: take yourself and Bush into a dark cave and never come out again.

    I expect an appeal case would only uphold today's ruling. And if Craig stays in office even if that happens, it is my belief that the good people of the state of Idaho will unanimously vote to initiate impeachment proceedings against Craig and Bush. To rephrase what some people say: Craig is an unsightly pimple on the rear end of the Republican party.

    October 4, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. KD, Dallas, TX

    Cindy, I bet Bush also gives him some special recognition for how hard he has worked and what good he has done for our country! 🙂

    It's ok Bush will say Craig is not guilty 18 times in his next speech and all good lil Republicans will believe him.

    Posted By Cindy, Kissimmee, Florida : October 4, 2007 6:16 pm

    Can't believe what our country votes into office.

    October 4, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Bob, Marietta, GA

    Says Craig, "If you think the airport incident was something, just watch what I do to this elephant!"

    October 4, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. EB Rideout

    You've got to hand it to 'ol Snowshoes Craig – he's a fighter.

    Fortunately, he's beating himself and the GOP up.

    Go get 'em, Larry!

    October 4, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Dolly, Fond du Lac Wisconsin

    Craig in a Nutshell!!
    This all means, the government is for me. I represent myself. Tax payer dollars are here to take care of me and I can be reprimanded on nothing. It's always someone else's fault. The law doesn't apply to me just to you.
    When is this ridiculous governmental behavior going to stop?

    October 4, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |

    Is it true he also was one of the tourists visiting the bathroom stall at the airport last week?

    October 4, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Daniel SLC UT

    It's back to work with the BATHROOM BUDDIES!!! (manly Sen. Orin Hatch)

    I loved the remark "flip-flopper and toe-tapper". That made my day, very funny!

    The republicans are perverts!!!

    October 4, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. dilmont

    Well, the three people that actually believed his lies now know for a fact that he is a liar. The Republican PTB must be livid over this. I can't wait to see their reactions.

    October 4, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. anon, new york, NY

    Though embarasing, the republican party may secretly encourage Larry Craig to stay in the senate, because they only have 50% of senate seats and therefore need his senate vote.

    With George Bush, Vitters, etc., the republican party has got used to embarrassing people now.

    October 4, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Terry Irish, Hudson, MA

    Larry Craig has lost all credibility and has turned himself into a "punch line". If the US Senate is not going to get rid of him immediately, the good folks Idaho need a recall.

    October 4, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Ken, St. Louis, MO.

    Maybe Larry could give his fellow Republicans a reach-around and all would be forgiven...

    October 4, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Barn E Frank, MA

    What?? Larry Craig isn't going to resign after a sex scandal?? Proposterous!!

    October 4, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    It's very sad that human beings can't
    be who they are, without ridicule,
    without negative criticism,and without
    any common sense to realize that they who judge are the problem! Love is the solution!

    However he's still perfect for the gop,
    because he will vote aganist Gay issues
    on point along with the other tragic decisions / votes made by the gop!

    The gop has brought shame and dishonor
    to our Nation. To allow torture, secret prisons abroad, wiretapping without warrants, outing active CIA
    agent dealing with WMD's for TWENTY YEARS in the Middle East DUH!, this
    is the worst bunch of criminals of our Era.Not to mention "All combat operations in Iraq are over"! 2003-?

    Thanks to mr.craig for having no courage to be a decent human being!

    October 4, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    When will this moron get the idea no one wants him in office?How many more times is he going to lie to us?

    October 4, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. millie hepburn, northumberland, pa

    Larry-you're done, face it, go out to pasture gracefully- typica republican denial–your were caught, you are guilty, and do not waste our time and money in court–you simply aren't worth our time.

    October 4, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Gary,Downers Grove,IL

    he said he would step down "keep your promise"

    October 4, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Dan, Griffith IN

    This man has become an absolute embarrassment to the Republican party. How much longer can he last? The people know he is a liar, and soon they will rid themselves of this fink.

    October 4, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. FT Doylestown Pa

    ENOUGH with this guy....I'm Guilty..I'm Not. I'm straight...I'm gay
    JUST GO away you fool and then you can figure out what the hell you are.
    I'm Republican and this quality of person we don't need to be making LAWS! He's unbalanced and needs a Shrink. His WORD MEANS NOTHING! you said you were resigning...Just DO IT!!!

    October 4, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "moral and ethical beliefs in the Republican party" ??

    Did I miss something in the last 6 years? Abramoff, Duke Cunningham, Vitter, Foley and the Hassert cover-up to keep the GOP FL seat ... Stevens and his bridge to no where now being investigated by the FBI ... and that is just the tip of the ice-burg.

    Craig pleaded guilty, paid his fine and now wants a do-over. End of story.

    October 4, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. John from America

    Ol toe tapper Larry doing the 2 step, what a surprise!

    Larry, please don't go there hasn't been this much fun at our golf club in years. We were even thinking of having a golf tournament in Mn so we could get to see the famous "Larry Craig toilet tourist attraction"

    Keep up the toe tapping Larry your a role model for Republicans everywhere!

    October 4, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Noah, Menlo Park CA

    For a party with such a small tent, they sure have a big closet.

    October 4, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Mrs. America

    Well, I guess if you can't blame your hometown newspaper, might as well blame the judge who made the call. Dumbass Craig. If the judge had overturned the guilty plea, the judge would have had to call him on perjury. Free promotion for Hillary. Undeserved demotion for Rudy.

    October 4, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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