Skip to comments.Craig keeps promise to retire
Posted on 03/21/2008 7:08:20 PM PDT by kingattax
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), encumbered by a scandal since last summer, did not file for reelection by his states deadline Friday, keeping a promise he made and officially marking the end of his congressional career.
Craigs political future has been in doubt since his arrest and guilty plea on disorderly conduct charges filed after an incident in a mens restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last June.
The three-term senator, who previously served five terms in the House, denied the charges that he solicited sex from an undercover police officer conducting a sting operation to crack down on alleged gay sexual liaisons in the airports bathrooms. Craig said he pleaded guilty in hopes of quelling a scandal, a decision he said he regretted.
The passing of Fridays 5:00 p.m. deadline brings to a close a career in elected office that began with Craigs election to the Idaho state Senate in 1974 and all but clears the way for Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch (R) to take his seat next year in the strongly Republican state where President Bush defeated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) 68 percent to 30 percent in the last presidential contest.
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More like the polls were not in his favor.
Now he can tap his foot without public scrutiny. ;-)
Eliot Spitzer’s looking for a job.
I can’t say what I’m thinking because I’ll be banned for life. Think your worst thought about the issue and Larry Craig... that’s what my reaction is.
Happy Easter all.
I can’t say whay I think either. But he will be free to run for office as a DemocRAT. He would be their hero.
I’d have more respect for him (not that it would be much) if he had just resigned instead of dragging this out and embarassing himself, his state and his party.
Don’t let the (stall) door hit your *ss on the way out.
Now he can cohabitate with McGreevy.
Rex Rammell quit the Republican primary and is running as an independent. Clearly, Jim Risch will be the next U.S. Senator.
"When I die, suckers!!!!"
Yes, much to the chagrin of my grandfather who says he knew Risch back in the day-—grandpa was pretty active in the Idaho State Bowhunters in his young(er) days. At least Rex will have our family’s elder statesman’s vote...:)
Risch would have had my support if he hadn’t campaigned for Mitt Romney, the most liberal Governor in the history of the republic.
I heard Craig is going to be semi retired, as He’s now got a part time job as a restroom attendant
Thanks for making yourself a liability all the way through the election. We really appreciate it.
I just wished that Senator Craig quickly resigned his seat instead and let Lt. Governor Jim Risch take over that seat for Craig.
That would have been an awesome comparison: Who had more liberal policies, Romney as governor of Massachusetts or FDR as governor of NY?
(And how come I’m always thinking of these things about two months too late?)
The point is to remember who endorsed him.
I’ll never trust one of them again.
I’ll also never forget who gets behind John McCain.
If a person can self-justify that, they can justify almost anything.
The Reform Institute is a tax-exempt, supposedly independent 501(c)(3) group, as Ed Morrissey noted two years ago, that employs Rick Davis, who also works on McCains staff as his chief political advisor, and they pay him $110,000 per year. The Reform Institute has often supported McCain, paid for events highlighting him and his agenda, presumably including campaign finance reform. The Reform Institute received $200,000 in donations from Cablevision and McCain basically tried to intervene on Cablevisions behalf by writing a letter to the FCC supporting its regulatory agenda. Morrissey noted at the time: [T]he Reform Institute helps keep McCains staff gainfully employed between campaigns, allowing McCain to do less fundraising while retaining the best of the available talent. For instance, Carl Hulse and Ann Kornblut note that Rick Davis managed McCains presidential campaign in 2000 before founding Reform Institute. Now its president, he gets over $100,000 a year from RI for consulting services. That money allows Davis to remain available for McCains future campaigns, and the funding he raises for RI gives him inroads for building support.
Yep. Which is exactly how it worked out. Davis is now McCains campaign manager.
Heres the 990 form for the Reform Institute, filed in 2003, listing Davis and his consulting fees:
Who funded the Reform Institute, which boasts Juan Think Mexico First Hernandez as its resident amnesty fellow? The donor list is a whos who of ultra left-wing, open borders elites. Again, via Ed Morrisseys research:
* The Tides Foundation, which heavily promotes reproductive justice, giving over $500,000 to pro-abortion efforts. They also actively oppose the death penalty (so do I, FYI). John McCain opposes abortion and supports the death penalty, so why is his chief political advisor getting so much support from those who ostensibly oppose him?
* Educational Foundation Of America, which also supports abortion. EFA also opposes drilling in ANWR, an issue on which McCain has an ambivalent record. It also supports euthanasia and assisted suicide through the Death With Dignity National Center, a group which it gave $45,000. It gave $100,000 to the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, which opposed the Yucca Mountain nuclear depository (McCain supported it), and opposes development of low-yield nuclear bunker buster bombs, which McCain supports.
In fact, EFA appears to contribute to just about every left-wing cause imaginable, as well as a number of noncontriversial charities and outreach efforts.
* The Proteus Fund, which also opposed the Yucca Mountain repository, spending $75K to stop it. That pales in comparison to the $935K they spent on supporting gay marriage initiatives, which McCain strongly opposes. They have also spent over $800,000 funding nuclear-disarmament and antiwar causes in each of the last two years. Their Security Policy Working Group contains nothing but left-of-center groups like Project on Defense Alternatives, which calls the Iraqi elections faulty and predicted disaster for the Bush administrations program of coercive transformation throughout the region.
* OSI (Open Society Institute), founded and funded by George Soros. Among a litany of left-wing causes supported by OSI are People For The American Way, to support their Supreme Court Project. (Hint: It isnt intended on assisting Bush get his nominees confirmed.) They also gave $150,000 to the Campaign Legal Center, which will be important shortly.
* David Geffen Foundation also shows up on the list, although not in the top tier. David Geffen is an entertainment-industry mogul who supports Democrats and left-wing causes. They do not have a website I could find, but Activistcash.com notes that in 2002, most of the grants Geffen gave went to environmental activists and the Tides Foundation and Tides Center.
Via Discover the Networks, youll see that Soross OSI is a key open borders funderproviding support to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Immigrant Legal Resource Center; the National Immigration Law Center; the National Immigration Forum; the National Council of La Raza; and the American Immigration Law Foundation.
Remind me again which partys presidential nomination John McCain is running for?
Oh, come on! Surely an oppressed black man who accepted bribes but probably didn't know that what he was doing was illegal is not deserving of scorn like a potentially homosexual Republican, and therefore hypocritical, white man. /hopefully obvious sarcasm
thank goodness Eliot Spitzer has stepped into the role of Jay Leno’s cannon fodder for night-time monologues.
I think the funniest part of this was when the cop described how Craig gave him his US Senate business card and said “now what do you think of that”? Can’t you just see this arrogant pansy doing that?
Don’t let the stall door hit you on the arse on the way out, Larry.
Here's the latest that I was able to find on him. He's stalling and delaying.
McLEAN, Va. -
The trial of a Louisiana congressman charged with bribery will be delayed so an appeals court can hear arguments on whether his status as a congressman protects him from prosecution.
The appeal had been expected since earlier this month, when U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected an argument that the indictment should be tossed out because it unconstitutionally infringed on his privileges as a congressman.
Jefferson's attorneys argued that grand jury testimony given by his staffers violated the Constitution's speech or debate clause, which states that congressmen "shall not be questioned in any other Place" for speech or debate associated with their legislative work.
Ellis ruled that Jefferson's attorneys were trying to apply the principle too broadly.
Normally, defendants are only permitted to appeal a judge's ruling after trial. But a U.S. Supreme Court ruling states that questions involving the speech or debate clause can be filed on a pretrial basis.
Prosecutors can seek to have the appeal heard on an expedited schedule, but even then the delay is expected to last at least several months. The appeal will be heard by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.
The indictment alleges Jefferson received more than $500,000 in bribes and demanded millions more between 2000 and 2005, including $90,000 he received from an FBI informant that was later found in the freezer of his Washington home.
Prosecutors allege he used his influence as chairman of the congressional Africa Investment and Trade Caucus to broker deals in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and other African nations on behalf of those who paid bribes to him.
I personally think that basing your support for people based on who they were willing to support is a great way to ensure that no conservative ever gets elected.
Of course, I think supporting “conservatives” who have no chance of getting elected because they are fundamentally flawed and incapable of actually doing the job that you are electing them to is also a great way to destroy the conservative movement.
Refusing to support a conservative because he trusted a man to keep his word when you didn’t — well, maybe you shouldn’t vote for them because you don’t trust their judgment, but maybe if they otherwise were worthy of your support, they were actually smarter and more correct than you as to judging character.
But I guess nobody will stop you from an eternal vendetta.
BTW, the fact that you believe someone who said Romney was the most liberal governor ever causes me to question your judgment. That statement is utterly and verifiably false, and rediculous on its face.
Even simply comparing governors at the time he was governor, he was solidly in the middle of the rankings, not anywhere near the most liberal.
Years ago in 1966, ID Republicans retired a liberal governor in their primary. And in 1980 general election, they retired a Democrat, Frank Church. But otherwise it is rare for ID people to reject their “friendly incumbents”.
You don't get out much, do you?
I hope there’s lots of genuine repentance and forgiveness in his future..
I didn't know Church was from Idaho! Does he still live there? Somebody should find he and all the members of the Church Committee and thank them for giving us the Sept. 11 attacks.
Once again, no other Governor in history implemented gay marriage, socialized medicine complete with taxpayer-funded abortions, , a permanent assault weapons ban, and completely gave over the public schools and state government to the radical gay agenda.
If you can show me a US Governor who did all those things I’ll retract my statement.
Romney then going out and trying, with the help of his wealth, to fool folks into believing he is a conservative, is just the icing on the cake.
The cherry on top is the leaders he corrupted with that money.
Corin, I can forgive, but, unlike you, I consider all the facts above to put his supporters beyond my support for the foreseeable future. They’re either too corrupt or too naive to hold elected office. I don’t think there’s anything unreasonable about that.
To his favorite public restroom stall.
(Cue "Blue Oyster Bar" music)
Probably 80% of Idaho voters oppose amnesty and probably 90% of Idaho Republicans feel similarly. It is not difficult for find good Conservatives in Idaho.
Craig made politically fatal mistakes with his push for amnesty and public homosexual activities. He will not be missed in Idaho, although his pro-gun stance was extremely helpful.
Not only is that but a tiny part of what would make up an agenda to be evaluated, it isn't even an accurate description of Romney's record.
No, Church is deceased, has been for some time.
The 100% accuracy of the record as I’ve stated it has been posted on FR many, many times. I can’t help it if you continue to ignore the truth.
But you’re right. There is much more I could add to this liberal record that I haven’t bothered to include here.
But, in any case, this is more than enough for any true conservative to utterly reject him as a candidate, and to be deeply suspect of anyone who tried to help him fool the people.
It’s ironic, but there is more damning material against McCain than there is against Obama or Clinton. After all, they’re nothing but newbie Senators, and he’s been about the business of selling out the repubic for a lot longer.
Of course, that isn’t counting Clinton’s egregious behavior as Co-Criminal-in-Chief. That pulls her up into McCain territory.
Mitt Romney, the most liberal Governor in the history of the republic.
You know, and I know that this is a brainless contention. You and the rest of the folks on this site who just couldn’t get over Mr Romney, apparently still can’t get over it.