September 1st, 2007
08:42 AM ET
14 years ago

If Craig quits, what's next?

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter would have to name a replacement for Sen. Craig

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Idaho’s Republican governor, C.L. "Butch" Otter, would name an interim replacement to serve until next year’s election. Otter would most certainly name a Republican, and that person would most likely have a major edge in the 2008 contest.

And here’s why: Idaho is a very red state. As mentioned, the governor is a Republican, as is Craig and the other U.S. senator, Mike Crapo. Both U.S. representatives are Republican, and President Bush cruised to victory in Idaho in 2004, winning 69% of the vote.

A number of Idaho Republicans are said to be interested in running for Craig’s seat, including Rep. Mike Simpson. Current Lt. Gov. James Risch and former Governor and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne are other possibilities.

The leading Democratic challenger at this point appears to be former Congressman Larry LaRocco, who’s already actively campaigning, but has only raised around $80,000.

Related: Craig likely to quit soon

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Larry Craig
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Marayven Beasley, Las Vegas, NV 89105-1254

    I am really tired of all these people being "tried" in the Media. If the Newsrooms are the new Courts in this Country, then get rid of all the Judges and other judicial servants in the United States. Furthermore, with the Media "trying" all these cases, Vick, Gonzales, Craig, etc. where are they ever going to get jurors that do not already have an opinion form? Or jurors that can fairly render a verdict in any of these cases?

    August 31, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. drbcool

    I listened to the audiotape of the police interview. Craig sounded pretty confident and adamant about his innocence. Cut him some slack and let him work it out through the legal system.

    Part of the problem with the immediate worldwide availability of news (and in so many different media)is the concurrent expectation of immediate resolution. Things like this used to take months; now people want an answer yesterday.

    Slow down, world...

    August 31, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    No slowing down,if you can't take the speed,get out and walk.

    August 31, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. David, Salinas, CA

    Bob of Houston, TX:

    The scientists who make their living off climate research earn far less than those who take their paychecks from industrial polluters. (I do neuroscience research, but I could make a lot more money if I was willing to lie for a pharmaceutical company). There IS a consensus on global warming among real scientists working in the field. There is also a highly-paid set of global warming deniers in the employ of major contributors to the problem, and their deceptions trickle down to ordinary Americans who don’t want to give up their gas-guzzling SUVs. The same chemical, petroleum and industrial concerns that hire pseudo-scientists to write bogus reports also support anti-environment politicians like Senator Larry Craig.

    I noticed you put Al Gore’s name in quotation marks. Is that because you think he doesn’t exist either?

    August 31, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Matt, Chico, CA

    TO John Swanson from Chicago:

    There are lots of folks that would love to kick handgun-banning and election rigging Chicago out of the union. There is no reason to remove Idaho from the Union, just Craig from the Senate. Written by a Conservative Republican

    August 31, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Hey Bob From Texas,

    Your lack of respect for science and reality is brought about by too much time in the sun. Your fried logic is simply exacerbated by global warming!

    August 31, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Igor, mineral wells, tx

    I'm are amused by the number of so-called family values candidates getting popped in compromising homosexual positions. . . .and I'm certainly no fan of Sen. Craig. After reading the police interview transcript, however, I'm not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Craig was guilty. Set up? Could be. If I was on a jury based on that alone, I'd give him the benefit of a doubt. But guess what? He already plead guilty. So, whatever really happened, it doesn't matter anymore. Either he just felt he could pay the fine and be done with it and no one would be the wiser or decided that even to go to trial and be found innocent would damage his reputation, who knows? But he certainly put the nails in his own coffin by pleading guilty.

    September 1, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  8. roger, conway sc

    No surprise Governor Otter will want to keep the religious right (extremests) happy and appoint another hypocrite to represent them...I think the religious right are as bad as the corrupt politicans they will use and do whatever it takes to get their message out, which is if you don't think, believe, and see things our way you are hell bound..which is so wrong

    September 1, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  9. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    I would really like to see America's own sweetheart get his job...Ann Coulter. And now that Rove is available, perhaps the two of them can team up somehow and bring a renewed credibility to the GOP. (Pigs do fly, don't they?)

    September 1, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Bubba from Dallas, Tx

    RA from Aberdeen asks –

    "Why doesn't Craig just become a Democrat? They embrace sexual perverts.
    Posted By RA – Aberdeen, WA : August 31, 2007 10:39 am"

    RA – who would be left in the Republican party?

    September 1, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Bubba from Dallas, Tx

    The episode of "Restroom Craig" illustrates the problem with the Senate, The upper class "money people" that have filibuster power to overturn the will of the majority is undemocratic! We need to change the money minority rule in out government.

    September 1, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Tom, Mount Laurel, NJ

    Perhaps people in the "Ex-Gay Ministries" and that ilk should have a heart to heart talk with Senator Craig. Could anyone in their right mind believe that Senator Craig would choose to be gay at the risk of his entire career/life.

    September 2, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Simple question David from Salinas Valley, California, is it true that since we have been recording temps (100 or so years) that the worlds average temp has gone up one degree?

    And that the hottest decades or years on record have been spread out pretty much.

    I heard that the other day and I thought it was interesting.

    You hear so many conflicting reports from experts and frankly people become skeptical over time hearing so many differing views after all these scientific experts also said we were going to wiped out by "Killer bees" 30 years ago.

    With all your advanced degrees you would know more about this than anyone else on this site and your expertise is welcomed.

    September 2, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. David, Salinas, CA

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, but I’m no expert on global warming or any other science but my own speciality (cognitive neuro-psychology), and even there I’m a pretty minor voice. No reputable scientist would claim to be an expert in everything.

    With that said, from what I can tell, you’re right about the one degree increase in the last century, (with a projected increase of slightly more than that in the next). But apparently that one degree average increase can have a massive effect on ocean temperatures and sea level. The poles are warming faster, and the ice caps ARE melting. And you’re wrong about the hottest years being spread out – Nineteen of the twenty hottest years on record have occurred since 1980. Here’s a pdf file with some good information:

    I’m not trying to speak as an expert scientist on this issue. I’m just a concerned American citizen, and I find the whole business as confusing as anyone else. We can’t know everything. We have to trust someone. I’m in favor of trusting the consensus of the world’s atmospheric scientists over a few dissenters in the employ of the very industries charged with causing the problem.

    Take care.

    September 2, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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