Hill Hallways: Larry Craig on the subway
February 28th, 2011
06:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Hill Hallways: Larry Craig on the subway

Walking the halls of the Congress, you never know who you might run into – and today it was a blast from the past.

I sat down in the subway that runs beneath the Capitol, and across from me was none other than former Senator Larry Craig.

The Idaho Republican greeted me with a smile and told me that he was now back "making the rounds" to see his former Senate colleagues for his clients.

Craig is now a lobbyist – and Senate rules prohibit former senators from lobbying any lawmaker or aide for two years.

It's hard to believe – but it has now been more than two years since Craig retired from the Senate following his infamous 2007 alleged foot tapping scandal in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport. He was arrested in a sex sting – accused of using a signal "used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct." Craig pleaded guilty, but later said he regretted doing that.

As we took the short subway ride from the Capitol to the Russell Senate office building, a cheerful Craig told me he still spends most of his time in his home state of Idaho with his children and grandchildren. He then said goodbye, and was off to his next appointment.

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  1. sara

    IS now a LOBBYIST? He was always a Lobbyist. That's what they do! Work for Corporations under the "umbrella" of a U.S. Senator. The republicans is out to destroy America at any cost as long as they can "grease" their palms.

    February 28, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Kyle W. Bell

    Cashing in on his former position of power. Maybe they should pass a rule that takes away floor privileges to former senators that are also registered lobbyists.

    February 28, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |