Sen. Larry Craig says he may still fight for his Senate seat, a spokesman says — if the lawmaker can clear his name with the Senate Ethics Committee and a Minnesota court where he pleaded guilty after his arrest in an airport men’s room sex sting.\
Since announcing Saturday he intended to resign on Sept. 30, the Republican lawmaker who has represented Idaho for 27 years has hired a prominent lawyer to investigate the possibility of reversing his guilty plea.\
“It’s not such a foregone conclusion anymore that the only thing he could do was resign,” Sidney Smith, Craig’s spokesman in Idaho’s capital, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
A telephone call Craig received last week from Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., urging him to consider fighting the guilty plea — and for his seat — affected Craig’s decision to reconsider his resignation, Smith said.\
On Tuesday, Specter, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested Craig’s GOP colleagues who pressured him last week to resign should re-examine the facts surrounding his arrest.\
“The more people take a look at the situation, there may well be second thoughts,” said Specter, a former prosecutor. If Craig had not pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and instead demanded a trial, “I believe he would have been exonerated,” Specter said.
For him to flip flop on resigning just three days after he announced that he would makes it even worse, and makes him look desperate. The damage is done, and the best thing Craig can do right now is to exit as gracefully, well, as graceful as he can considering the circumstances.
Because what could be more fun than the prospect of Republican Larry Craig staying in the Senate race in Idaho? …\
Who wouldn’t love an ugly GOP primary in Idaho, except, well, Idaho Republicans.\
I say stay Larry Craig. The Idaho Democrats need you!
Now, just pause and reflect: It is Arlen Specter egging Larry Craig on to help sabotage what’s left of the Republican Party’s credibility.\
Arlen Specter. You know, the liberal Republican horse the Bush White House backed instead of conservative stalwart Pat Toomey.
— Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington Times
I heard Rush [Limbaugh] defending Craig [Tuesday] afternoon by comparing what he did to other Democrats who have definitely done worse by all accounts. The problem though is that this is not about other politicians; it’s about Craig. … Now that he has been caught he should spare the Republican Party and do what is right. We don’t need this distraction.
At the end of the horror movie, the monster sinks beneath the sea never to be seen again, or so we think until we see the start of the sequel.\
Like a bad horror movie, the scandal that begin with Senator Larry Craig’s (R-ID) guilty plea in August to disorderly conduct sank into the distance. Now, it’s baaaack …
Kathryn Jean Lopez
suggests a compromise
It just occured to him to hire an attorney? He should have done that the day he was arrested. To add insult to injury, Specter is defending him? This is beyond a joke at this point… . If he wasn’t smart enough to hire an attorney, he is not smart enough to make decisions that affect this country.
We have enough idiots in Congress already without Craig. And Specter’s coming to his rescue only makes Specter look like someone who has over stayed his welcome in DC and lost touch with the average person, as well.