October 4th, 2007
04:21 PM ET
15 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. David G, Bossier City LA

    Senator Craig:
    Let me talk to you in a language you'll understand, sign language that is: Foot tap, Foot slide, Hand slide under stall...

    October 5, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Raman, Plano TX

    To the likes of David Gamblin, Brandon, MS

    You have a right to your own opinion.

    Legally, Sen. Criag pead to a misdemenour.

    Biblically, what about the saying from Jesus, about your ability to throw a stone at sinner, if only you have not sinned in your life.

    I think hypocrisy is not an issue here.

    The issue here is conflict between mandate of people who elect senators, and powers that are keen to bend that mandate.

    October 5, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Allan --, Austin, Texas

    Todays news:

    The Dow hits record highs.
    The S&P 500 hits record highs.
    The Nasdaq hits record highs.
    More than 100,000 new jobs added in August.

    And what's the big headline at CNN:
    Larry Craig

    CNN, don't bend over too far... your bias is showing.

    October 5, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Integrity First, Fort Worth, TEXAS

    OK, here we go... for the ten millionth time...

    Bill Clinton was NOT, NOT, NOT impeached because of his sex life.

    He was impeached because HE LIED UNDER OATH to a FEDERAL GRAND JURY.

    I don't care WHAT the topic was that he was lying about... sex, the color of the sky, or how many cards he's holding in a game of Hearts...

    He perjured himself. Under Oath. To a Federal Grand Jury. Perjury. Period.

    He also suborned perjury. That's "asking others to lie for him," for us "non-progressive rubes" in the fly-over red states.

    Now, Larry Craig on the other hand, is a buffoon. If he lied in a sworn statement, Minnesota should throw the book at him. As a Conservative, I would support that 100 percent... in fact, I expect and demand it.

    This is where my party needs to step up and require that he step down. If it means we are one more seat short of taking back the Senate, then so be it.

    I'd rather lose with honor than behave like Democrats (see William Jefferson, William Jefferson Clinton or Teddy Kennedy).

    It's time we as a nation, start requiring more of our elected representation. It's not enough to simply say, "Oh well... just as long as we win." It's time we demand that these people actually behave in a manner befitting the honorable title that we bestow upon them.

    One example, Ronald Reagan and the late great Tip O'Neill were polar opposites politically. But they were good and honorable gentlemen, who behaved as such, and were cordial to one another. For they knew not only did their great nation expect that behavior of them, but that they expected it of themselves.

    It's time WE start expecting it again.

    October 5, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. James, Phoenix AZ


    All these wonderful statements from Democrats about Larry Craig. Here I was under the impression "Progressives" were tolerant and feel sexual indiscretions shouldn't be a big deal.

    Hmmm... MAYBE it's only when Democrats have sex (with interns) that "tolerance" is demanded?? Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, and the gang applaud your double standards!

    October 5, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. David Gamblin

    To Raman, Plano, TX. Hypocracy is not the issue? Hypocracy, HONESTY/LIEING, and CREDITABILITY are the main issues! You have a Senator who has repeatly been accused being GAY. This same Senator has also been one of the BIGGEST ANTI-GAY BASHING CONGESSMAN/SENATORS in Washington. Evidently, in his mind, sponsoring and supporting anti-gay laws is his way of being FORGIVEN 4 his GAY SEXUAL ACTIVITIES. Then he gets busted in an airport bathroom gay sting operation. That is total hypocracy. I an not gay, but also, I do not consider being gay a sin, people are born that way. There is not one place in the BIBLE where Jesus says it is a sin to be GAY. 1st Corintheans 6, verses 9-10 was written by a MAN, approx 120 years after Jesus. That is as wrong as the Church was about the World being flat, earth the center of the universe, and the sun circling the earth. AS 4 the "he who has not sinned" comment is ridiculous, like your comments. I am the 1st person to admit I have sinned, everyone has. But I do not lie and deny like Larry Craig has. Nor do I lie and deny like the Bush Administration on this illegal and immoral war. The Republican Party use to be a Proud and trustworthy political organization. But something went wrong somewhere in the 60's, and has been corrupt ever since. I do not agree w/ everything the Democrats stand 4, but they are definitely a lot more accountable then the GOP, the Party of Hypocracy!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. D Gamblin, Brandon, MS

    How come the one's who yell "Moral Christian Family Values" the loudest, and bash gay people the most, are the ones getting busted in Sex Scandels, and mostly GAY SEX SCANDALS these days???? TOTAL HYPOCRACY!!!! Has stating, "Moral Christian Family Values" become the secret code 4, "I want to have Gay Sex", in the Republican Party? Just an observation.......

    Also, Raman, Plano, TX

    Your comments earlier are totally ridiculous!!!! Hypocracy, truth/lieing, and accountability are the issues here. The Jesus cmnt, "he who casts the 1st stone" doesn't fit. I have sinned, and admit to it. I am not gay, but have nothing agasinst gay people. They were born that way. Jesus never made any statement that being gay is a sin. 1st 1st Corintheans 6. verses 9-10 was written by a MAN approx 120 years after Jesus. He was wrong. Just like the Church was wrong about the Earth being Flat, the Earth is the center of the Universe, and the Sun circled the Earth. Raman, I have a problem with lieing, denying, and still denying Political Officials!!!!! Hypocracy is a major issue, and that is in both PARTIES!!!!!! Right now, the Republicans are the biggest HYPOCRITS of the two parties!!!!!!

    October 5, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. D Gamblin, Brandon, MS

    By the way, I never said I wanted Larry Craig to resign. He is a total embarrassment to the Republican Party! Just re-inforcing what a lieing, untrustworthy hypocrit the Republicans are. The longer he stays, the worse it looks for this Administration. Let's go to the real issues with this Administration. The immoral and illegal war the Bush Administration has put us in. Getting close to one trillion dollars of American Taxpayers money. Where this Administration let's out all the good information about the war. But when it comes to the bad information, say information about how corrupt the Iraqi Government is? How much $$$$$ going to the Iraqi Government ends up in the Insurgents hands to kill American troops? The answer is, that is National Security classified information. Our Iragi Ambassador Larry Butler(what a joke) stated this repeatly at a Congressional hearing. We can only release information in a closed Congressional hearing. In a closed Congressional hearing, No one is allowed to tell the public what is really going on, and how bad this administration has handled the war! This is outragous!!!! This is not just a Democrat or Republican issue. This is an issue for all Americans!!! We are being screwed over by Bush!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    For the benefit of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY, Larry needs to fight to stay in Office. Why you ask?
    If Larry resigns, then the Idaho Republican Governor will appoint a new Republican Senator. This gives the Newly appointed Republican Senator the exposure to be easily re-elected in next election.
    If Larry doesn't resign, and is able to stay in office. Larry will stay in the spot light(National News) as the Disgraced Hypocrit Republican Senator, who thinks more about himself, then 4 the good of his party and country. If he stays in office. The Democrats have a lot better chance of picking up his seat in the Senate. Love all these Ignorant Republicans that make references to liberal democrats double standards, ok for Bill, not 4 Larry. Not one Democrat has sought his impeachment. They are very thankful 4 his totally humiliating, disgraceful, hypocritical act. I do not think he is impeachable. The Democrats are not going to vote 4 it. They want him to serve the whole term, KEEP HIM IN THE SPOT LIGHT 4 THE WORLD TO SEE. The Republicans are HORRIFIED at this SCENARIO! THIS IS HILARIOUS. HE IS TRULY AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF WHAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION STANDS FOR. LIEING HYPOCRITS!!! GEORGE BUSH DESERVES THIS!!!!!

    October 5, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. Raman, Plano TX

    To David Gamblin : October 5, 2007 8:41 pm

    Hypocracy, Gay rights, Lying is not an issue here at all.

    That is because people of Idaho had already decided to send Sen. Craig to Washington. The people of Idaho carried their decision for more than eighteen years.

    Look at his arrest and ensuing events closely and ask yourself a question –

    Who stand to gain materially by his resignation?

    The issue is conflict between mandate of people who elect sentors and powers who are keen to bend that mandate.

    October 6, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Frank Honolulu Hawaii

    The way he's been communicating to us obviously has been in code.
    What he means by saying 'he's staying' means 'he's leaving'.

    October 7, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Mrs. America

    I think Craig admitted he committed perjury when he tried to take back his guilty plea. On another note and as others have mentioned, the Dems definitely want Craig to hold his seat (not the toilet seat) until the next election so they can pick up that state.

    October 8, 2007 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  13. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "I'd rather lose with honor than behave like Democrats (see William Jefferson, William Jefferson Clinton or Teddy Kennedy)."
    - -
    Is "honor" for Republicans: Sen. Larry Craig, Sen. David Vitter (who replaced disgraced senator Robert Livingston), Sen. Mark Foley, Robert Allen (McCain's Florida campaign manager), Newt Gingrich, Thomas Ravenel (Giuliani's South Carolina campaign chairman), Tom Delay, Sen. Henry Hyde, 4-felony perjurer Scooter Libby, George "We've Never Been Stay The Course" Bush, Albert "I Can't Recall" Gonzales, Michael "Hell of a Job" Brown or moral hypocrites like Ronald Reagan and Fred Thompson who had to marry their pregnant girlfriends?

    Although you might never hear it from a Republican and may not believe it yourself, Bill Clinton was found NOT GUILTY of perjury. He was acquitted because a few Republicans voted "not guilty" including current presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

    October 8, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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