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Craig keeps promise to retire
The Hill ^ | 03/21/08 | Jeffrey Young

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 state’s deadline Friday, keeping a promise he made and officially marking the end of his congressional career.

Craig’s political future has been in doubt since his arrest and guilty plea on disorderly conduct charges filed after an incident in a men’s 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 airport’s bathrooms. Craig said he pleaded guilty in hopes of quelling a scandal, a decision he said he regretted.

The passing of Friday’s 5:00 p.m. deadline brings to a close a career in elected office that began with Craig’s 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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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: 110th; craig; id2008; larrycraig; retirement; risch; widestance
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1 posted on 03/21/2008 7:08:20 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax
Larry Craig

May he enjoy his retirement!

2 posted on 03/21/2008 7:10:28 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: kingattax

More like the polls were not in his favor.


3 posted on 03/21/2008 7:12:00 PM PDT by donna (McCain answers the red phone: "Hola!")
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To: kingattax

4 posted on 03/21/2008 7:12:38 PM PDT by indcons (Please FREEPMAIL indcons if you want on or off the "Military History (MilHist)" ping list.)
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To: kingattax
Senator Craig's usefulness to the citizens of Idaho and America ceased by supporting the amnesty bill. He wouldn't have won the Idaho primary, much less the general election if he had chosen to run again.
5 posted on 03/21/2008 7:13:23 PM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: kingattax

Now he can “tap” his foot without public scrutiny. ;-)


6 posted on 03/21/2008 7:13:31 PM PDT by doc1019 (God is in control ... not Global Warming.)
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To: kingattax

Eliot Spitzer’s looking for a job.


7 posted on 03/21/2008 7:13:51 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: missnry

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.


8 posted on 03/21/2008 7:15:15 PM PDT by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: acapesket

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.


9 posted on 03/21/2008 7:22:31 PM PDT by MtnClimber ("Bullfighting, Mountain Climbing and Auto-Racing are the only real sports.)
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To: kingattax

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.


10 posted on 03/21/2008 7:25:39 PM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: kingattax

Don’t let the (stall) door hit your *ss on the way out.


11 posted on 03/21/2008 7:27:55 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: kingattax

Now he can cohabitate with McGreevy.


13 posted on 03/21/2008 7:50:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Chief Engineer; Delphinium; EternalVigilance; Keyes2000mt; Sir_Ed; Knitting A Conundrum; ...
The FR Idaho Ping List
FReepmail GOP_Raider to be on or off this list

14 posted on 03/21/2008 7:55:22 PM PDT by GOP_Raider ("Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man" -Nietzsche)
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To: GOP_Raider

Rex Rammell quit the Republican primary and is running as an independent. Clearly, Jim Risch will be the next U.S. Senator.


15 posted on 03/21/2008 8:08:12 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Those in the national Republican leadership do the work of three men- Moe, Larry, and Curly.)
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To: kingattax
Craig keeps promise to retire

"When I die, suckers!!!!"

16 posted on 03/21/2008 8:22:54 PM PDT by jdm (The best $2 Chinese Food: http://www.vipfoods.com/images/Products/bourbonstreetchicken.jpg)
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To: Clintonfatigued

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...:)


17 posted on 03/21/2008 8:31:00 PM PDT by GOP_Raider ("Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man" -Nietzsche)
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To: kingattax
Probably the last time I get to use this.

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18 posted on 03/21/2008 9:09:31 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Risch would have had my support if he hadn’t campaigned for Mitt Romney, the most liberal Governor in the history of the republic.


19 posted on 03/21/2008 9:19:21 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good president." - John McCain)
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To: kingattax
What about the DEMOCRAT with the $100K in his freezer? Has he resigned yet?
20 posted on 03/21/2008 9:42:32 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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I heard Craig is going to be semi retired, as He’s now got a part time job as a restroom attendant


21 posted on 03/21/2008 10:02:25 PM PDT by CottShop
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To: kingattax

Hey Larry,

Thanks for making yourself a liability all the way through the election. We really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Harry Reid


22 posted on 03/21/2008 10:09:05 PM PDT by Content Provider
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To: kingattax

I just wished that Senator Craig quickly resigned his seat instead and let Lt. Governor Jim Risch take over that seat for Craig.


23 posted on 03/21/2008 10:12:08 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: EternalVigilance

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?)


24 posted on 03/21/2008 10:21:59 PM PDT by GOP_Raider ("Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man" -Nietzsche)
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To: GOP_Raider

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.


25 posted on 03/21/2008 10:30:18 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good president." - John McCain)
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To: EternalVigilance
Who did Mc Cain pick as his campagin manager? Wasn't it a liberal republican( now that's an oxymoron) We are in deep dooo dooo who ever gets to be el Presidente is a lose-lose result for our country
26 posted on 03/21/2008 10:56:12 PM PDT by shadeaud
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To: shadeaud
Meet the open borders family: McCain, Hernandez, Soros, and the “Reform Institute”

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 McCain’s 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 Cablevision’s behalf by writing a letter to the FCC supporting its regulatory agenda. Morrissey noted at the time: “[T]he Reform Institute helps keep McCain’s 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 McCain’s 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 McCain’s 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 McCain’s campaign manager.

Here’s 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 who’s who of ultra left-wing, open borders elites. Again, via Ed Morrissey’s 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 administration’s “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 isn’t 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, you’ll see that Soros’s OSI is a key open borders funder–providing 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 party’s presidential nomination John McCain is running for?

27 posted on 03/21/2008 11:06:34 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good president." - John McCain)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
What about the DEMOCRAT with the $100K in his freezer? Has he resigned yet?

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

28 posted on 03/21/2008 11:14:30 PM PDT by webheart
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To: kingattax

thank goodness Eliot Spitzer has stepped into the role of Jay Leno’s cannon fodder for night-time monologues.


29 posted on 03/21/2008 11:34:12 PM PDT by IonImplantGuru (I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!)
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To: kingattax

Woo-hoo!


30 posted on 03/22/2008 12:37:08 AM PDT by TheThinker (Capitalism is the natural result of a democratic government.)
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To: kingattax

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?


31 posted on 03/22/2008 1:40:03 AM PDT by Contra
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To: kingattax

Don’t let the stall door hit you on the arse on the way out, Larry.


32 posted on 03/22/2008 5:08:08 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Willie Jefferson, retire?

Here's the latest that I was able to find on him. He's stalling and delaying.

La. Congressman's Appeal to Delay Trial

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 trial of Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat, had been scheduled to start next Monday. His defense attorneys filed an appeal Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

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.

33 posted on 03/22/2008 5:29:17 AM PDT by csvset
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To: EternalVigilance

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.


34 posted on 03/22/2008 6:51:21 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: EternalVigilance

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.


35 posted on 03/22/2008 6:53:36 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Buffalo Head

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”.


36 posted on 03/22/2008 7:01:49 AM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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Risch would have had my support if he hadn’t campaigned for Mitt Romney, the most liberal Governor in the history of the republic.

You don't get out much, do you?

37 posted on 03/22/2008 7:14:20 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (When life gives you lemons...don't forget the vodka...)
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To: kingattax

I hope there’s lots of genuine repentance and forgiveness in his future..


38 posted on 03/22/2008 7:21:40 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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To: Theodore R.
And in 1980 general election, they retired a Democrat, Frank Church.

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.

39 posted on 03/22/2008 7:44:42 AM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT; Corin Stormhands

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.


40 posted on 03/22/2008 7:53:12 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good president." - John McCain)
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To: kingattax
He's going to retire-

To his favorite public restroom stall.

(Cue "Blue Oyster Bar" music)

41 posted on 03/22/2008 8:30:02 AM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: Theodore R.
Yes, but Church lost primarily because of his support of the Panama Canal giveaway and his CIA bashing. Helen Chenowith barely survived her last election because of kooky extremism. Rep. Sali is on thin ice for the same reason.

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.

42 posted on 03/22/2008 8:30:36 AM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: EternalVigilance
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.

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.

43 posted on 03/22/2008 8:42:34 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: ExSoldier

No, Church is deceased, has been for some time.


44 posted on 03/22/2008 9:07:07 AM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

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.


45 posted on 03/22/2008 9:08:06 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good president." - John McCain)
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To: ExSoldier

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Church


46 posted on 03/22/2008 9:08:14 AM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Nice list!


47 posted on 03/22/2008 9:12:23 AM PDT by AuntB ('If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: AuntB

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.


48 posted on 03/22/2008 9:39:26 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good president." - John McCain)
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To: EternalVigilance

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.


49 posted on 03/22/2008 10:06:43 AM PDT by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: kingattax
He should have left office as fast as Spitzer and we would have been spared most of the public scandal and political fallout (upon the GOP). Like a lot of others here and elsewhere I've appreciated his stand on 2nd amendment rights, but he put his personal proclivities and pride above service.
But then, he has never been known for Christian values of humility, repentance, etc.
50 posted on 03/22/2008 10:14:34 AM PDT by vox_freedom (John 16:2 yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God)
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