August 30th, 2007
04:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Idaho governor on Craig: 'You can never really unring the bell'

Watch CNN's Dana Bash interview C.L. "Butch" Otter.

BOISE, Idaho (CNN) – Idaho’s Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Thursday said to CNN Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that Sen. Craig was in a "tough spot" and indicated that the senator’s loss of key Senate committee assignments could be “problematic” for Idaho residents.

"Obviously, some of his colleagues in the Senate are calling for his resignation but, once again, Larry's going to have to work that out himself," said Otter. "Nobody likes these kind of problems, these kind of problems you just can't…. get rid of with a simple explanation. It takes a long time, and then you never really unring the bell. So, as we go forward, I suspect there's going to have to be additional consideration by Larry and his family on where exactly to go."

Are you essentially saying it’s time for Sen. Craig to resign? Bash followed-up.

“What I said was it's a tough spot for Larry, and it's a tough spot for his family, and as this thing drags on, and we already know that there's going to be congressional hearings on it, ethics committee - as is appropriate and proper - that it takes a long, long time for these things to work themselves out,” he said.

When Bash asked the governor if the senator's political career would be able to withstand the storm, the governor simply replied, "I'm not going to go there."

- CNN's Dana Bash and Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Larry Craig
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Simon

    lol nice picture of McCain

    August 30, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. pl, at the UN, for a while.

    Governor Otter says that it is up to Senator Craig to decide "where to go" from here.

    Senator, I thought that there is only one path open–whether stalked, innocent, temporarily confused, or guilty–it doesn't matter. There is no issue of personal honor here. Lower your "stance" to the level that you must, and relieve the nation of a wasteful distraction in an election year. That is the only 'honourable' decision available to you.

    August 30, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Keith - Atlanta, GA

    I think the senator should take the Hollywood road and check himself into some sort of "bad bathroom behavior rehab."

    Perhaps he could carpool to this rehab with Al Gore's son and Lindsay Lohan.

    I'll stop joking now...

    August 30, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Ian

    When was the last time anyone bungled the handling of a scandal worse than Craig? And is he going to keep throwing out different explanations every day until he is finally forced from office? And what about the past charges of lewd conduct reported early on? I want to hear more about those. Are they the same sort of thing?

    August 30, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Ron, San Mateo, CA

    First, Larry Craig thanks the press for "coming out" and now this guy is talking about "(un)ringing the bell"??

    The double entendres are just getting to be a bit much.

    August 30, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. JengoPop, Salt Lake City, UT

    This story just gets deeper and deeper. Do you think Craig should resign for his "bathroom politics"? Vote today at

    August 31, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  7. Mrs. America

    I'm still trying to figure out if Craig was lying under oath to a judge then or is lying to the people of Idaho and the whole United States now. Either way, the guy is a liar. And then he blames a newspaper for making him plead guilty? And he's a U.S. lawmaker whom people have trusted to represent them? Maybe a newspaper was bugging him on all those days he cast discrimiatory votes. I'm scratching my head on this one. Bottom line is I'm glad to see another hypocrite get nailed.

    August 31, 2007 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  8. bob from Dover, Delaware Home of the Military Morgue

    I think this guy is being setup.

    I don't know why I don't care why
    but that cop did not know who he was arresting and once he found out there was no way he was backing down.

    It is not hard to believe that the Senator was in such a state of fear that he took the quickest door to get out of there.

    His only other option would have been a night in jail while he called his wife or lawyer to fly out and bail him out of jail.

    And as for the recorded interrogation how was he suppose to use his left hand to go under the right wall of the bathroom stall.

    Does anyone even see this?

    Its not like he was touching the guy at the urinal or passing him a note.

    There was no way he could even expose himself if he was in his own stall.

    That cop gave him an option of Jail or to go home and for someone that has never been in jail and on top of that in a position of political importance it must have been paralyzing.

    I don't even know who this guy is
    but no man better use a public bathroom unless it is a 1 person only bathroom.

    and on a side note we need to get rid of urinals.. I never use them I think they are weird.

    August 31, 2007 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  9. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Yeah, Craig cannot say he is not guilty after he pleaded guilty in writing, after weeks to think that over.

    He should resign because:
    a) a guilty person cannot be a senator;

    b) he cannot represent Idaho well, as he has lost his senate assginments/posts.

    c) he has demostrated poor judgement and decision in this incident, and has lost the trust of the people.

    August 31, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    A. Thomas, New York, NY
    He should resign because:
    a) a guilty person cannot be a senator;

    b) he cannot represent Idaho well, as he has lost his senate assginments/posts.

    c) he has demostrated poor judgement and decision in this incident, and has lost the trust of the people.

    Gee I guess Bush should resign also. He qualifies for both A & C and the first line of B we just have to change Idaho to America, Senator to President, and this incident to his presidency .

    August 31, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Ted, Barre, VT

    Would the Republican Party be as vociferous in their criticism of Senator Craig if the Governor of Idaho was a Democrat?

    September 4, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |