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Sen. Craig resigns over sex sting
AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/1/07 | John Miller and Matthew Daly - ap

Posted on 09/01/2007 9:46:52 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig resigned Saturday over a men's room sex sting, bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans worried about a scandal dimming their election prospects.

"I apologize for what I have caused," Craig said.

Craig's resignation completed a stunning downfall that began Monday with the disclosure that he had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge following his arrest during a sex sting in a Minneapolis airport men's room.

Although leading members of his own party had called for him to step down, Craig steadfastly resisted resigning for days, contending that he had done nothing wrong and that his only mistake was pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Craig was defiant after the arrest and guilty plea were first reported. "I am not gay. I never have been gay," he declared Tuesday in Boise, Idaho, with his wife, Suzanne, at his side. He said he had kept the incident from aides, friends and family and later pleaded guilty "in hopes of making it go away."

Craig, 62, has represented Idaho in Congress for more than a quarter-century and was up for re-election next year. He had not said if he would run for a fourth term in 2008 and was expected to announce his plans this fall.

"It is with sadness and deep regret that I announce it is my intention to resign from the Senate effective Sept. 30," Craig said, with his wife again at his side and Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter standing behind him.

"For any public official at this moment in time to be standing with Larry Craig is in itself a humbling experience," Craig said.

Craig was arrested June 11 in a police undercover vice operation in a men's room at the Minneapolis airport. The arresting officer, Sgt. Dave Karsnia, said in his report that the restroom is known location for homosexual activity.

"I am not gay. I never have been gay," Craig said at a news conference here Tuesday, a day after his guilty plea became public.

Republicans, worried about the scandal's effect on next year's election, suffered a further setback Friday when veteran Republican Sen. John Warner announced he will retire rather than seek a sixth term. Democrats captured Virginia's other Senate seat from the GOP in the 2006 election.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: 110th; craig; homosexualagenda; larrycraig; resignation; resigns; sting
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1 posted on 09/01/2007 9:46:53 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

“Footsies is now illegal”. Watch out!!


2 posted on 09/01/2007 9:47:54 AM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: NormsRevenge
The Pubbies throw out their rotten apples.

The Rats make re-elect their rotten apples.

3 posted on 09/01/2007 9:48:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: NormsRevenge

You were 3 minutes ahead of me...:)


4 posted on 09/01/2007 9:50:31 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: NormsRevenge
Sen. Craig resigns over sex sting

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5 posted on 09/01/2007 9:50:33 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: NormsRevenge

Solicitation for gay sex in a public bathroom is sick. How he managed to know all the signals and the fact that he plead guilty to anything is enough. Buh bye weirdo.


6 posted on 09/01/2007 9:50:52 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: La Enchiladita

I must have had new t’ars. ;-)


7 posted on 09/01/2007 9:51:06 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Fox All-Stars on Friday, discussing the rumor that Craig would resign effective Sept. 30, disapproved of him putting off his departure till the end of September. There will be important things happening in September (such as Petraeus’ report) and it would make sense for the new senator to be in place. Plus it does no good to the Republican Party to have this disgraced character hanging around for another month.


8 posted on 09/01/2007 9:51:29 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: GOP_Raider

Senatorus Homo Defunctus ping.


9 posted on 09/01/2007 9:53:05 AM PDT by Disambiguator (What's the temperature, Albert?)
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To: eyedigress

How he managed to know all the signals and the fact that he plead guilty to anything is enough.

George Michaels fan 8-?


10 posted on 09/01/2007 9:54:01 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: La Enchiladita

It was in my yahoo alert, but I went looking at CNN to confirm... nothing at Fox.

Also I just put lotion on my hands and my mouse is wearing out .... yada yada...:)


11 posted on 09/01/2007 9:54:32 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: Disambiguator

Grrrr, I pinged on another thread. D’oh!

(This is what i Get for going on vacation)


12 posted on 09/01/2007 9:54:41 AM PDT by GOP_Raider ("I guess I like to do things that bother people." -Urban Meyer)
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To: NormsRevenge

#11 ...


13 posted on 09/01/2007 9:55:10 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: NormsRevenge
Larry Craig only committed a misdemeanor. Under other circumstances, I think people would have been willing to forgive and forget. We all make mistakes. But I think his attempt to cover it up and then try to change the plea compromised him. And now he's gone. I can only say no one will miss him in Washington.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

14 posted on 09/01/2007 9:55:37 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Sen. Craig resigns over sex sting”

If it stings he needs to go see a doctor.


15 posted on 09/01/2007 9:56:15 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Craig said, with his wife again at his side and Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter standing behind him.

That's probably right where Craig wants somebody named 'Butch' to be.

L

16 posted on 09/01/2007 9:57:10 AM PDT by Lurker ( Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing smallpox and ebola.)
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To: NormsRevenge


BUH-BYE!

next...
17 posted on 09/01/2007 9:59:23 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Verginius Rufus

it does no good to the Republican Party to have this disgraced character hanging around for another month.

Yup.


18 posted on 09/01/2007 9:59:52 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: NormsRevenge
He's been humiliated by having been forced out. Craig should be allowed to leave with some dignity. At the very least its a lesson to public officials to watch what they do in private as well as in public. The wrong step can have career-ending consequences. And that's a very good thing indeed.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

19 posted on 09/01/2007 10:02:39 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

Notice how they want to make it all about his homosexuality?

Big news for the PC media, if it had been hetorsexual conduct in a public rest room, we would STILL want him gone.

Intresting reflection on how the average Leftist has a slave mentality.

On the Right, we demand politicans to hold to higher standards BECAUSE they are in office. On the Left, they hold their elected officals to no standarards because they are in office.

Another example of the power uber alles mindset of the political Leftists.


20 posted on 09/01/2007 10:03:27 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Senator Craig’s resignation was a class act, unlike most GOP speeches. I didn’t hear Sen. Craig attempt to place one word of blame on the Clintons for his own criminal conduct.


21 posted on 09/01/2007 10:06:36 AM PDT by MurryMom
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To: Verginius Rufus

How many blackmail-able votes in the Senate before Sept. 30 rolls around?


22 posted on 09/01/2007 10:08:31 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: donna
Its only til the end of the month. Tempus Fugit.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

23 posted on 09/01/2007 10:10:56 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Keep in mind he’s been trying to hide this for 3 months and the police were willing to stay quiet and just give him a fine. It would have been some time before this got out. He chose to confront the police and make them the criminal. Bad choice, the people of Idaho and America are better off with him gone and knowing the truth.


24 posted on 09/01/2007 10:13:47 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: BenLurkin

Too bad. Craig did a lot of good.


25 posted on 09/01/2007 10:14:21 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I hope our nation’s future never includes total acceptance of corruption in exchange for desired policy.


26 posted on 09/01/2007 10:18:16 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: goldstategop
"Larry Craig only committed a misdemeanor. Under other circumstances, I think people would have been willing to forgive and forget. We all make mistakes. But I think his attempt to cover it up and then try to change the plea compromised him. And now he's gone. I can only say no one will miss him in Washington."

 I thought the Senator Voinovich tirade on Sean Hannity's show was the height of stupidity until I heard about Larry Craig.  Two brainless Senators in one party does not make for a lot of confidence.  At least one is now gone.  Maybe intelligent conservatives will decide to represent the party because these dumb senators aren't doing any good.
 

27 posted on 09/01/2007 10:18:25 AM PDT by Waryone (Constantly amazed by society's downhill slide.)
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To: eyedigress
He tried to hide it and then acted like a deer caught in the headlights. The smart strategy would have been to hire a lawyer to make it go away. At it turned out, his own stupidity did him in. Enough of it though - the deed's been done and I won't kick a man when he's down.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

28 posted on 09/01/2007 10:19:08 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: marktwain
Too bad. Craig did a lot of good.

That's what is so maddening...he was "mostly" a very reliable conservative, including NRA board of directors. I now wonder if his support of the stupid "shamnisty" immigration reform fiasco was influenced by blackmail??? Not that democrats would stoop to such a thing.

29 posted on 09/01/2007 10:20:21 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Sacajaweau

The dems are watching every republican very carefully. How come republicans don’t realize that?


30 posted on 09/01/2007 10:21:18 AM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: Cuttnhorse
The Democrats protect their perverts. Barney Frank, Jack Murtha, William Jefferson and Ted Kennedy are still around. The soul of their party is diseased.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

31 posted on 09/01/2007 10:22:18 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I won’t either, I was just sayin’...........him leaving in dignity was not an option. He gets his pension, now he can go fishing anytime he wants.


32 posted on 09/01/2007 10:23:59 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Verginius Rufus

He probaably has a lot of loose ends to tie together,
and all in Washington....everybody else gets a month
or so to get things in order...am sure they can function
with him for 30 days??????Verginus Rufus..take note,
you must be a psycho-rufus. It is also a means to
get the sleuths working..what if this was all a set-up
and prominent Democrats set him up??? Huh?? JK


33 posted on 09/01/2007 10:24:17 AM PDT by sanjacjake
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To: Cuttnhorse

When it comes to shamnesty and AgJobs, Craig was partners in crime with my Dem. Senator DiFi.... they were both heavily influenced by agri-business. Oh well, we can only hope this delays their latest hatched plan.

IF he responded to blackmail... I have no clue about that... he was “had” wasn’t he?


34 posted on 09/01/2007 10:25:35 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: goldstategop; BenLurkin
As Ben said; I hope our nation’s future never includes total acceptance of corruption in exchange for desired policy.

I maintain this is the difference between Republicans and the democrat party and why Craig really wasn't given much opportunity to dance around this mess.

35 posted on 09/01/2007 10:27:04 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: La Enchiladita

While Craig seemed, at least to me, to be willing to carry the water for big AG-bidness, Senator Mike Crapo, (Kray-po) was not willing to and voted against shmnesty.


36 posted on 09/01/2007 10:29:19 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: MurryMom

I agree.. I just saw a rerun of his resignation speech, an exit made as cleanly as one could hope for.


37 posted on 09/01/2007 10:31:56 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: NormsRevenge

I think this is disgusting. Stop and think what happened to this man. He was in a stall in a bathroom with a door on it. He supposedly tapped his foot. He supposedly bumped the foot of the other man - - whose foot, by the way had to be very close to the edge of HIS STALL in order for Craig’s foot to bump it. His hand supposedly appeared below the panel in the stall. He never spoke a word. The cop also said he peered in the crack of the other stall door.

This is disorderly conduct? If a U. S. Senator can be can be coerced to admit to a crime based on the above, think what could happen to an ordinary person.

I don’t care if the man is gay or not. This is a very sad thing.


38 posted on 09/01/2007 10:32:15 AM PDT by finnsheep
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To: MurryMom

Leave it to you to find ‘class’ in a story this disgusting. You wouldn’t recognize true class if it bit ... uh ... I mean, tapped you on the shoulder.


39 posted on 09/01/2007 10:32:26 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: eyedigress
...now he can go fishing anytime he wants.

Or he can go stall hoppin' anytime he wants, too.

Or he can go 'bobbin' for toilet paper' down at the nearest public bathroom.

40 posted on 09/01/2007 10:32:59 AM PDT by Edit35
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To: finnsheep
It was a well known area for gays to have sex. The police were alerted to this and set-up a sting. All of the signals they were watching for were displayed by Senator Craig.

Now change the environment to a crack house but you never bought anything. SAME THING

Why did he plead guilty to anything if he wasn't guilty? I saw his "interrogation" of about 5-10 minutes. That ain't coercion in the least. He is unfit to serve as a US Senator.
41 posted on 09/01/2007 10:42:43 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: finnsheep
“I don’t care if the man is gay or not. This is a very sad thing.”

The man is a lying pig with a reputation on the Hill going back to the early 80’s.

Ah ... you are not up to speed on this or are very naive.

42 posted on 09/01/2007 10:43:52 AM PDT by Bobibutu
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Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, next to his wife Suzanne, announces his resignation from the Senate on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, in Boise, Idaho. Idaho Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter along with his wife, Lori, stand directly behind Craig. Far left is Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. (AP Photo/Troy Maben)


43 posted on 09/01/2007 10:45:55 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: NormsRevenge
Yea, I just watched it myself. Very bad judgment displayed by a man with a lot of power is not a good thing. I hope he can find peace with himself and his family. God is his redeemer.
44 posted on 09/01/2007 10:51:03 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: NormsRevenge

Interesting ... the only elected official who appeared in shirt sleeves. A lack of respect to the public. The man is a pig. Hanging around for another months pay and god knows what votes he sold.


45 posted on 09/01/2007 10:53:27 AM PDT by Bobibutu
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To: Liberty Valance
Buh-Bye...

..And don't let the stall door bang you on your little tushie on the way out...

46 posted on 09/01/2007 10:54:48 AM PDT by Wil H (Islam translates to "submission", not "peace" - you can figure out the rest.)
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To: All

Do NOT ..I repeat....do NOT under any circumstances, pick up any toilet paper, reach down to your shoe or ask for a few peices of toilet paper from the guy in the next stall. A policeman is waiting for you.


47 posted on 09/01/2007 11:09:21 AM PDT by Fawn (http://www.brightlion.com/InHope/InHope_en.aspx)
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To: NormsRevenge

I should go down the street and tell my neighbor and soon to be Senator Risch “don’t f up...please”


48 posted on 09/01/2007 11:10:29 AM PDT by Domandred (Eagles soar, but unfortunately weasels never get sucked into jet engines)
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To: MNJohnnie
One factor is that a Barney Frank could not be blackmailed, at least about his sexual orientation. An ostensibly conservative lawmaker such as Craig is MUCH more susceptible to being blackmailed. I’d rather have a lawmaker less susceptible to blackmail, all other things being the same.
I’d rather have a openly gay tax cutting RKBA representative than a straight family man who wants to raise taxes and take guns.
Just my .02
49 posted on 09/01/2007 11:16:15 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (When the government fears the People= Liberty. When the People fear the Government =Tyranny)
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To: RedStateRocker
Yep. And if EITHER one was soliciting sex in a public place, I expect them to be GONE.

They are the public’s servants, not their masters.

50 posted on 09/01/2007 11:20:50 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/)
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