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  • Craig staying in US Senate

    10/04/2007 1:04:44 PM PDT · by teddyballgame · 116 replies · 3,220+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/4/07 | Wolf Blitzer
    Craig says he'll stay in Senate
  • Craig, Constituents Clash

    10/06/2007 11:03:55 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 14 replies · 728+ views
    Blogger News Network ^ | October 6, 2007
    Craig, Idaho's trying to let you know Please don't stay, you gotta go If you say that you are mine You’ll be stuck here 'til the end of time Craig, I’m trying to let you know Please don't stay, you gotta goAlways tease, tease, tease Do I have to beg down on my knees? One day you're gone and then you backtrack I just want you off my back Craig, I’m trying to let you know Please don't stay, you gotta goPlease don't stay, you gotta go now Please don't stay, you gotta go now You've caused us all a...
  • Idaho GOP Divided As Craig Says He's Staying

    10/05/2007 8:59:49 AM PDT · by jamese777 · 39 replies · 751+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 10/4/07 | John Miller
    BOISE, Idaho -- Sen. Larry Craig told The Associated Press in April that once a lawmaker started thinking he couldn't be replaced, it was time to leave. On Thursday, he said a replacement couldn't do his job. He's now vowing to stay in Congress until his term ends in January 2009. A state judge has rejected his attempt to reverse his Aug. 1 guilty plea in a Minneapolis airport bathroom sex sting, but Craig says he'll pursue his legal options - and fight an expected Senate ethics committee probe into his behavior. "I have accumulated seniority and important committee assignments...
  • Cafferty 'Can't Wait' to Peep Through Larry Craig's Stall

    10/05/2007 2:03:44 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies · 639+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jack Cafferty opened his CNN "Situation Room" shtick today at 4:07 p.m. EDT by asking which was worse: "making sexual advances toward a police officer or lying to the whole world by saying you're going to resign your Senate seat and then announcing you're not going to resign?" Answer: claiming you don't want Craig to resign simply for the sheer entertainment value of televised hearings about the whole sorry situation. And that's exactly what Cafferty went on to do. JACK CAFFERTY: Idaho Senator Larry Craig is a disgrace on many levels. Five weeks ago, Larry "Wide-Stance" Craig announced his intention...
  • New stalls for Craig's airport restroom

    09/28/2007 9:58:42 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 22 replies · 1,008+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2007 | Joshua Freed
    MINNEAPOLIS - The infamous airport men's room where Sen. Larry Craig was arrested is getting new stall dividers that drop nearly to the floor to make it a less inviting spot for sexual liaisons. Web sites had touted that restroom as a popular site for sex with strangers, and police reports over the summer described several cases of men ducking their heads under the dividers into adjoining stalls, allegedly in search of sex. On June 11, an undercover police officer was the men's room when Craig allegedly tapped his feet and swiped his hand under the divider in a way...
  • Craig to Stay in Office for Time Being

    09/27/2007 6:44:45 AM PDT · by indcons · 9 replies · 134+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, September 27, 2007 | MATTHEW DALY
    Idaho Republican Larry Craig has decided he wants to be a U.S. senator a little longer. His tenure may still be a short one. Craig's lawyers asked a Minnesota judge Wednesday to let the three-term senator withdraw his guilty plea in a sex sting at a Minneapolis airport restroom. Afterward, Craig issued a statement saying he will stay in office "for now." People close to Craig said that means until the judge rules. Hennepin County Judge Charles Porter said that will be at the end of next week at the earliest. Craig said earlier he planned to resign Sept. 30,...
  • Craig to Stay in Office Pending Ruling

    09/26/2007 4:36:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies · 137+ views
    The San Fransisco Chronicle ^ | September 26, 2007 | Charles Babington
    Sen. Larry Craig said Wednesday he will remain in office while a Minnesota judge considers his bid to withdraw a guilty plea, overturning the senator's previous statements of intent to resign by Sunday. The Idaho Republican said he will stay in office "for now," but people close to him said he will remain until the judge rules. Hennepin County Judge Charles Porter said he probably won't decide the matter until next month. Craig, who originally had planned to seek a fourth term next year, pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following a June 11 sting operation in a men's...
  • Craig attorneys say no crime occurred

    09/26/2007 12:42:57 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 113 replies · 932+ views
    Minneapolis Star and Tribune ^ | 26 September 2007 | Rochelle Olson,
    Sen. Larry Craig's actions an airport bathroom stall in June didn't constitute a crime and he should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea, Craig's lawyer argued today. In a 45-minute hearing covered by a crowd of local and national media, William Martin faced skeptical questioning from Hennepin County District Court Judge Charles Porter, Jr. Porter said he doesn't expect to rule on Craig's petition for at least a week and a half. "Seeking to have a guilty plea overturned is nearly impossible and it should be," Martin acknowledged during the hearing. But he also argued that Craig's plea was...
  • Judge Delays Ruling on Craig Plea Case

    09/26/2007 12:31:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 61+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/26/7 | JOSHUA FREED, Associated Press Writer
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge considering Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting said Wednesday he probably wouldn't rule in the case until late next week, well past Craig's self-imposed deadline to resign from the Senate. Hennepin County Judge Charles Porter heard arguments from Craig's attorneys and the prosecutor in the case, then said he wouldn't rule immediately. Craig said earlier he planned to resign Sept. 30, then left the door open to remain on the job if he could successfully reverse his plea.
  • Minnesota Files Papers Against Larry Craig's Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea

    09/25/2007 1:57:28 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 43 replies · 195+ views
    Minnesota Monitor ^ | 25 September 2007 | Andy Birky
    Papers filed Monday in the case of the State of Minnesota v. Larry Craig contain some stinging rebukes of Craig's accusations of pressure to plead guilty and pick apart his rationale for requesting a withdrawal of his guilty plea in August to disorderly conduct. Craig, a U.S. senator from Idaho, was arrested in June during a sting operation by Minnesota Airports Commission police in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport restroom. Craig's lawyer argued that his client could not make an intelligent plea of guilty because of pressures stemming from an Idaho Statesman investigation into the Republican senator's alleged homosexuality. The...
  • U.S. Senator Larry Craig: Whose Waterloo?

    09/24/2007 1:34:09 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 29 replies · 135+ views
    Politics In Minnesota ^ | 24 September 2007 | Sarah Janecek
    U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) motion to withdraw his guilty plea will be heard in a Hennepin County District court room this week. You read it here first: Contrary to conventional wisdom, Craig will win this motion. I was out of the country and completely unplugged when the Larry Craig story broke. The only U.S. news I saw while I was in Egypt and Jordan were the mimeographed news sheets printed from an international Internet news service that were hung on hotel room doors each morning. Certainly it was amusing to see the men's room at the Minneapolis St. Paul...
  • Pardon Poor Larry Craig (Barf on Both Your Houses)

    09/22/2007 7:46:21 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 13 replies · 296+ views
    New York Times ^ | 23 September 2007 | Frank Rich
    I DID nothing wrong," said Larry Craig at the start of his long national nightmare as America's favorite running, or perhaps sitting, gag. That's the truth. Justice lovers of all sexual persuasions must rally to save the Idaho senator before he is forced to prematurely evacuate his seat. Time's running out. The final reckoning may arrive this week. On Wednesday, a Minnesota court will hear Mr. Craig's argument to throw out the guilty plea he submitted by mail after being caught in a June sex sting in the Minneapolis airport. If he succeeds, there's a chance he might rescind his...
  • The gay voter's guide to the GOP (Salon rates Republican candidates on "gay-friendliness")

    09/21/2007 1:52:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies · 438+ views
    Salon ^ | Sept. 21, 2007 | Michael Scherer and Ben Van Heuvelen
    How should a right-wing homosexual vote in the upcoming primaries and caucuses? ...Imagine this: You are a gay man or a lesbian woman who just can't stand Democrats. [snip] What is a right-leaning homosexual to do in this presidential election? Start by taking a closer look at the candidates in the Republican field. There is substantial variation... Call it the Giuliani-Keyes Spectrum of Gay Friendliness. On one end, there is Rudy Giuliani, a former New York mayor who has lived with gay friends, favors gay domestic partnerships, and sometimes dresses in drag. At the other end, there is Alan Keyes,...
  • Craig Departs, Left's Hypocrisy Remains (Don Feder Looks At The Ethically Challenged Left Alert)

    09/19/2007 5:18:35 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 359+ views
    Don ^ | 09/19/2007 | Don Feder
    Toilet-Stall Larry Craig (Mr. Wide Stance) resigned from the United States Senate on September 8, and cries of hypocrisy resounding from the left - and other ironies. I still think Senator Craig should have pleaded temporary insanity, on a recurring basis. ("I'm a member of the Senate, for crying out loud! Look at the stuff we vote for!") Instead, the former senior Senator from Idaho improbably maintained his innocence. He just happened to reach into a toilet stall occupied by an undercover officer. He pleaded guilty to a crime he didn't commit, because he panicked -- a month after the...
  • ACLU says First Amendment protects Craig's bathroom behavior

    09/17/2007 4:21:38 PM PDT · by Stoat · 26 replies · 858+ views
    The Seattle P.I.. / AP ^ | September 17, 2007
    ACLU says First Amendment protects Craig's bathroom behavior THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMINNEAPOLIS -- Sen. Larry Craig's foot-tapping and hand movements in an airport bathroom amounted to speech protected by the First Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in court papers on Monday.The Idaho senator pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after an undercover officer at the Minneapolis airport alleged that Craig solicited him for sex. Craig has denied that, and his attorneys have asked a judge to let him withdraw the guilty plea.Craig was accused of moving his foot next to a police officer's foot and tapping it in...
  • ACLU Backs Sen. Larry Craig

    09/17/2007 1:03:27 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies · 497+ views
    ACLU Backs Sen. Larry Craig Senator Accused of Soliciting Sex Has an Unlikely Ally in American Civil Liberties Union Sept. 17, 2007 — The strange case of Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig is about to take another interesting turn. Craig is getting support today from what many might consider to be an unlikely ally  the American Civil Liberties Union. Craig was arrested in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in June and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct last month. "We believe the sting operation used to apprehend Mr. Craig was unconstitutional. The statute the government is relying...
  • ACLU Backs Sen. Larry Craig

    09/17/2007 1:30:04 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 25 replies · 50+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 17-Sep-07 | Jay777
    Of course, for the "non-partisan" organization, this is more about protecting perversion than politics or privacy. As much as the media will make a day out of a conservative getting support from the ACLU, its really the solicitation for sex that is being defended. But the ACLU says it doesn't matter whether he solicited sex because that's not a crime. "It is a crime to have sex in public. It is not a crime to propose or solicit sex in public, whether it's in a bar or in a bathroom," Romero said.
  • Tourists flock to Minneapolis airport men's room

    09/17/2007 6:30:55 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 16 replies · 86+ views
    (Boise) Idaho Statesman Newspaper ^ | 9/17/07 | Jeanne Huff - Staff Reporter
    When you go to Minneapolis, you might put the Mall of America, the statue of Mary Tyler Moore or maybe even the zoo on your list of things to see. Now tourists are asking about a new destination in the Twin Cities, says Karen Evans, information specialist at the information counter at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. A common request is, "Excuse me, can you please tell me where the Larry Craig bathroom is?" Evans was just 15 minutes into her shift Friday afternoon and already had heard the request four times. "It's become a tourist attraction," Evans said with a...
  • Washington Post Supports Larry Craig

    09/16/2007 11:36:11 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies · 519+ views ^ | September 15, 2007
    For many years, unacceptable sexual activity has been the norm in Washington, D.C. That all changed with the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Closets were opened and improper activity was quickly punished. The accused was immediately shunned. The concept of fair trial was gone. The opposing party attacked to gain an advantage. The member party, secured the rope and hung the accused without a trial. As a Catholic, I saw this happen in my church. For years, priests who abused children were allowed to continue to serve in the community. They were promoted and allowed to harm more children. Then, the...
  • (SICK) Airline Comes Out With Gay-Themed Flight - Trip Will Feature Drag Queens, Pink Cocktails...

    09/15/2007 10:45:22 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies · 2,091+ views
    msnbc ^ | Sept 14, 2007 | AP
    Airline comes out with gay-themed flight Trip will feature drag queens, pink cocktails, cabaret performed by crew The Associated Press Updated: 4:42 p.m. PT Sept 14, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO - Air New Zealand is delving into the gay and lesbian market with a special themed flight that will feature drag queens, pink cocktails and a cabaret performed by the flight crew. The destination for the airline's one-time "Pink Flight," scheduled to depart San Francisco International Airport on Feb. 26, is the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia, one of the world's most well-attended gay events, said Jodi Williams,...
  • Minneapolis / Sen. Craig hearing set for Sept. 26

    09/12/2007 10:15:49 AM PDT · by MN_Rightside · 23 replies · 516+ views
    A hearing on Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's motion to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 before Judge Charles Porter at the Southdale Suburban Courthouse, 7009 York Ave. S., Edina. That's just four days before Craig has said he will step down. A spokesman for Craig has said he is unlikely to finish his third term unless a court moves quickly to overturn Craig's conviction. It wasn't clear what impact the Sept. 26 hearing would have on Craig's plans. He has been under intense pressure from Republicans to resign. Craig's...
  • Sidebar: Idaho Gov. Otter adds another name (Larry Craig replacement)

    09/11/2007 5:33:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 400+ views
    The Spokesman Review ^ | September 8, 2007 | Betsy Z. Russell
    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Friday decided against naming a “placeholder” to replace U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, and said he’ll instead choose a candidate who will seek a full term in the Senate in the next election. Otter on Friday also added a name to his short list of candidates to replace Craig – state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, the state Senate’s youngest member. Otter rejected the “placeholder” idea out of concern for Idaho’s clout in the Senate, his press secretary, Jon Hanian, said. “He gave it a hard look, but I think in the end he decided it wasn’t...
  • Sen. Craig acts to withdraw guilty plea in sex sting

    09/11/2007 4:46:27 AM PDT · by indcons · 5 replies · 236+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Sep. 11, 2007 | Joshua Freed
    MINNEAPOLIS - Sen. Larry Craig filed court papers yesterday to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting, arguing that he entered the plea under stress caused by a newspaper's inquiry into his sexuality. Craig, an Idaho Republican, pleaded guilty last month to disorderly conduct after his June arrest in a sting operation in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport. A police report said Craig had solicited sex from a male officer at the airport, which the senator has denied. In a "state of intense anxiety" after his arrest, Craig "felt compelled to grasp the lifeline offered to...
  • Star Parker: Liberals love the sin and hate the sinner

    09/10/2007 12:05:03 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 722+ views ^ | 9/10/07 | Star Parker
    Coverage by the mainstream media of the Larry Craig scandal confirms again that liberals love the sin and hate the sinner. They've got both the Idaho senator and the conservative values that he has supported in their crosshairs. Perhaps it's relevant to take a moment and recall that the need for biblical guidance comes from the proclivity to sin. You don't need a map if you're hardwired to know where you're going. But, for those on the left, a map isn't necessary because it doesn't matter where we are going. For them, a man going astray is proof that having...
  • For other men arrested, charges often were minor (Senator Larry Craig)

    09/10/2007 1:53:06 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 40 replies · 1,710+ views
    Pioneer Press and NYT ^ | 10 September 2007 | DUFF WILSON
    The details of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom shocked his colleagues and constituents, but he was not the only person ensnarled in the airport police action against suspected lewd conduct in the restroom. Thirty-nine other men were arrested at the airport in a three-month period this summer. A review of their cases and interviews with four lawyers representing many of the suspects show how Craig - who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct but now says he is not guilty - fits into the larger picture of the sting operation and sheds light on his...
  • Sen. Craig seeks to withdraw guilty plea

    09/09/2007 6:03:52 PM PDT · by John W · 100 replies · 1,627+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | September 9, 2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Larry Craig will file court documents Monday asking to withdraw his guilty plea in a sex sting that seems likely to end his career, his attorney said. Craig, an Idaho Republican, pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following a sting operation in a men’s bathroom at the Minneapolis airport. He has said he regrets that decision, which he said he made hastily and without talking to an attorney. He said he was under stress and pleaded guilty only to put the matter behind him. Attorney William Martin said Sunday night that a request to withdraw that...
  • Poll: GOP Holds On To Craig's Senate Seat

    09/09/2007 2:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 543+ views
    TPM ^ | September 9, 2007 | Eric Kleefeld
    A SurveyUSA poll released yesterday shows Republicans in good shape to keep the Senate seat of disgraced GOP Senator Larry Craig, who is expected to resign at the end of the month. Lt. Governor Jim Risch (R), reportedly the most likely replacement appointee for the seat, leads former Democratic Congressman Larry LaRocco by a margin of 52%-36%. Former Governor Dirk Kempthorne, who served as a U.S. Senator in the 1990's and is currently U.S. Secretary of the Interior, leads LaRocco 55%-36%. Congressman Mike Simpson, who has indicated that he does not want to serve in the Senate — and has...
  • Read The Constitution! (Another Reason To Can Larry Craig: He's Dumb As A Post Alert)

    09/07/2007 10:46:26 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 234+ views ^ | 09/08/2007 | Joseph Farah
    So Craig is disqualified from being a U.S. senator for another reason – the biggest reason of all – not knowing the Constitution. Am I angry about Craig? You bet. He has been a completely undistinguished member of Congress for years. He's not a leader. He most recently let the American people down by supporting President Bush's amnesty program. The man is hopelessly out of touch with the American people and his own constituency. It's time for him to go. Not on Sept. 30. Not if he is unable to clear himself from the embarrassing charge of soliciting sex in...
  • So Many Men's Rooms, So Little Time

    09/07/2007 8:33:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 41 replies · 1,304+ views
    Slate ^ | Sept. 3, 2007 | Christopher Hitchens
    Why men like Larry Craig continue to court danger in public places
  • Specter continues defense of embattled Sen. Larry Craig

    09/07/2007 2:42:42 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 40 replies · 663+ views
    AP via Seattle Post ^ | Friday Sept 7, 2007 | MARTHA RAFFAELE
    Sen. Arlen Specter continued to defend Idaho Sen. Larry Craig on Friday, saying his Republican colleague's guilty plea in a restroom sex sting did not involve "moral turpitude." Specter first suggested Sunday that Craig should seek to vindicate himself. Craig pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following the sting operation in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport, but said this week he hoped to withdraw the plea.
  • 9 Members of Congress Who Should Resign Right After Larry Craig

    09/07/2007 4:30:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,829+ views ^ | September 6, 2007 | John Hawkins
    There has been a lot of talk about Larry Craig's on again/off again decision to resign from Congress. Like most Republicans, I'm of the opinion that Craig should resign, but wouldn't it be great if he could take a few people with him? Like who? Glad you asked! For starters, here are a few honorable mentions that probably deserve to be out of Congress -- or in jail if they're Republicans. Alternately, if they're Democrats, you can look forward to their serving in Congress for the next few decades. Honorable Mentions: Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Congressman John Doolittle (R-CA), Senator Diane...
  • Craig should declare himself a Mass. Dem, problem solved

    09/07/2007 12:44:15 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies · 4,144+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/7/07 | Howie Carr
    So now Sen. Larry Craig is refusing to resign just because he pleaded guilty in a mens room gay-sex undercover sting. Who does this Idaho Republican think he is, a Massachusetts Democrat? Actually, there is a way for Sen. Wide Stance to salvage his squalid career. It would require a two-step program. No. 1, switch parties and become a Democrat. No. 2, move to Massachusetts. Problem solved, Sen. Craig will be welcomed with a brass band at Logan Airport. Yes, U.S. senators have been arrested at Logan in the past - a Republican solon from Minnesota, oddly enough, but that...
  • Why Craig Needs To Go (Joseph Farah: Let's Get Rid Of A Spineless Weasel In The Senate Alert)

    09/06/2007 10:51:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 449+ views ^ | 09/07/2007 | Joseph Farah
    Now his flip-flopping about resigning demonstrates once again the man has no guts. He's a spineless weasel who doesn't know what to do even about matters in his own life. Does someone like that belong in the U.S. Senate? Please don't tell me it's a den of thieves. I know. But it's a den of vipers and thieves because we allow it to be. At some point you have to start cleaning up the house that Harry Reid built one body at a time. I don't care if they are Democrats or Republicans, the corrupt, the malefactors, the sociopaths, the...
  • (Mike) Simpson won't seek Craig's (U.S. Senate) Seat

    09/06/2007 4:41:20 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 322+ views
    KTVP News Channel 7 ^ | September 6, 2007
    Representative Mike Simpson’s office tells NewsChannel 7 he will not seek appointment to Senator Larry Craig’s seat. Simpson said if he were appointed, it would hurt Idaho’s standing in Congress, since the state would have a sophomore and three freshmen in office. If Simpson were to move to the Senate, he would lose his standing in the House and become a freshman in the Senate. Governor Butch Otter would then have to replace Simpson with a new Representative in the House. Rep. Bill Sali is in his first year in the US House. Otter named Simpson among a group of...
  • Whoopi, Larry and Fred: What Could They Be Thinking?

    09/06/2007 3:16:57 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 36 replies · 1,191+ views ^ | September 6, 2007 | Susan Estrich
    LOS ANGELES — It’s one of those days. You give people a microphone, or you vote them into office, and you’d think that they’d think before they open up their mouths. You’d think that some modicum of intelligence and common sense would be required for them to get where they are. And yet there they are, saying things, doing things, that leave you open-mouthed, wondering whether they think we’re that dumb, or they really are. You know who I mean. Whoopi Goldberg. Larry Craig. Even the Fred Thompson campaign. Spare me.
  • The Senate's Philadelphia lawyer (Senator Arlen Specter's Take on Senator Larry Craig)

    09/06/2007 7:07:40 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 13 replies · 523+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6 September 2007 | Michael McGough
    <p>After all, the Pennsylvania Republican is a contrarian with his own notions about due process. Remember Specter's attempt to render the Scottish verdict — "not proven" — at the end of Bill Clinton's impeachment trial?</p> <p>"I'd like to see Larry Craig go back to court, seek to withdraw his guilty plea and fight the case. I've had some experience in these kinds of matters since my days as Philadelphia district attorney and, on the evidence, Sen. Craig wouldn't be convicted of anything, and he's got his life on the line and 27 years in the House and the Senate, and I'd like to see him fight the case 'cause I think he could be vindicated."</p>
  • Thompson (Finally) Makes It Official (Terry McAuliffe "downright nervous" over Fred)

    09/06/2007 3:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies · 3,112+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 6, 2007 | TEDDY DAVIS with JACQUELINE KLINGEBIEL
    Fred Thompson's decision to skip Wednesday's New Hampshire debate invited ridicule from the Republican '08ers who view him as a lightweight. But his thin public record is cold comfort to one Democratic powerbroker. In fact, it has former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe downright nervous. "There's not much there. That's what makes me nervous," said McAuliffe who remembers toiling for Jimmy Carter when he was trounced by Ronald Reagan. "I'm never underestimating another B-Movie actor." McAuliffe offered his assessment to ABC News just moments after Thompson entered the fray. "I am certainly not disrespecting them," Thompson said of his '08 rivals...
  • Senator In Sex Sting Now Likely To Quit (Larry Craig)

    09/06/2007 10:48:43 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 43 replies · 1,031+ views
    NBC ^ | 12:44 pm EDT September 6, 2007
    WASHINGTON -- It now looks like Sen. Larry Craig is going to leave office after all. His top spokesman said Thursday that Craig has just about dropped any idea of trying to complete his term, and that he is focused on helping Idaho send a new senator to Washington within a few weeks. (snip) Craig's situation came up in Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California both called for his reignation. "What I think is good about it is that he's taking responsibility in the sense of resigning from office, and...
  • Craig Aide Says He's Likely to Leave

    09/06/2007 10:03:51 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 38 replies · 582+ views
    Forbes ^ | 09-060-07 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Larry Craig has all but dropped any notion of trying to complete his term, and is focused on helping Idaho send a new senator to Washington within a few weeks, his top spokesman said Thursday.
  • Craig Bungling Continues (Arrest Warrant for Daughter Surfaces after TV Appearance)

    09/06/2007 8:36:48 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 61 replies · 3,209+ views
    On “America’s Most Wanted” television show, suspects often get identified after their pictures are aired. Such was the case when Larry Craig’s daughter, Shea Suzanne Howell appeared on ABC. Craig can add the arrest of his daughter to the list of unintended consequences he is racking up. This sad event proves that “no good deed goes unpunished.” After her national TV appearance, a GUARDIAN reader put two and two together and sent this little unsolicited nugget late Wednesday from the Ada Sheriff’s warrant list: “You would think the Boise police would go ahead and arrest the “stand up” character witness’s...
  • Craig Lawyers Ask Ethics Case Be Dropped

    09/05/2007 10:55:33 AM PDT · by kinoxi · 77 replies · 1,240+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday September 5, 2007 5:46 PM | By DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for Sen. Larry Craig asked the Senate ethics committee Wednesday to reject a complaint based on the Idaho Republican's guilty plea in a police undercover operation in an airport men's room, saying the events were ``wholly unrelated'' to official duties. ``Assertion of jurisdiction over this matter by the committee would be literally unprecedented and would create deleterious consequences for the Senate as a whole,'' the lawyers wrote. The letter was hand-delivered to the ethics committee hours after Craig served notice that he was reconsidering his weekend pledge to resign his seat. Craig pleaded guilty last month...
  • U.S. Constitution Could Clear Craig(Senators cannot be arrested while traveling to & from Congress)

    09/05/2007 8:08:31 AM PDT · by kellynla · 98 replies · 3,110+ views ^ | September 5, 2007 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, didn't have to plead guilty to sex charges stemming from a men's room encounter with an undercover cop in Minnesota. All he had to do was hand the police officer a copy of the U.S. Constitution – the document the senator swore to uphold upon first taking office in Congress 27 years earlier. There is little ambiguity in Article 1: Section 6, which clearly states no member of Congress can be arrested while traveling to or from official session. Craig was arrested just after 12 noon June 11. He cast a vote on a...
  • Larry Craig, the Democrats' Best Friend

    09/05/2007 4:33:15 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 50 replies · 1,020+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Sept 5, 2007 | Howard Fineman
    The GOP hustled the Idaho senator off the stage as soon as news of his arrest in a Minneapolis airport men’s room came to light. But Craig isn’t going gently. The fallout could help the Dems win the White House next year.
  • Bill Clinton 'pulling' for Craig

    09/05/2007 2:03:42 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 31 replies · 887+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/5/07
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Embattled Sen. Larry Craig was one of Bill Clinton's fiercest critics during the Senate’s 1999 impeachment trial, but the former president told CNN's Larry King Wednesday he takes no pleasure in the Idaho Republican's current situation and is "pulling" for Craig and his family. "Honestly, didn't feel any great joy," Clinton said in an interview to air tonight at 9 p.m. ET. "When it was going on I knew that a lot of them were outed for hypocrisy before this." Clinton added, "One of the things I did to get through that was to think hard about...
  • Reversing Craig's plea won't be easy

    09/05/2007 3:07:12 PM PDT · by freespirited · 21 replies · 828+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/5/07 | Joshua Freed
    The politics of being caught in an airport sex sting are tough enough for Sen. Larry Craig, but a legal fight against his guilty plea won't be any easier. The Republican on Wednesday relayed word that he would resign his seat by Sept. 30 only if he fails to withdraw last month's guilty plea to a charge of disorderly conduct. Legal experts say it's tough to convince a judge to allow a guilty plea to be withdrawn, and that even if the tactic succeeds, it could backfire if it leads to a trial where the lurid allegations against the senator...
  • Cruising While Republican (What - Lil Ol' Us Conservatives? Ann Coulter Alert)

    09/05/2007 3:06:21 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 65 replies · 3,392+ views
    Ann ^ | 09/05/2007 | Ann Coulter
    If you've just returned from your Labor Day vacation and are scanning the headlines from last week's newspapers -- don't panic! America is not threatened by a category 5 hurricane named "Larry Craig." Despite the 9/11-level coverage, Larry Craig is merely accused of "cruising while Republican." There is nothing liberals love more than gay-baiting, which they disguise as an attack on "hypocrisy." Chris Matthews opened his "Hardball" program on Aug. 28 by saying Larry Craig had been "exposed as both a sexual deviant and a world-class hypocrite." Normally, using the word "deviant" in reference to any form of sodomy would...
  • McConnell: Craig wants to serve out his term

    09/05/2007 2:55:17 PM PDT · by freespirited · 33 replies · 884+ views
    Politico ^ | 9/5/07
    Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) intends to try and overturn his conviction in an airport sex sting and if he is cleared, serve out the rest of his term, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday. McConnell said he spoke with Craig by phone on Wednesday morning where Craig told him his plan. Craig announced last Saturday that he intends to resign from the Senate on September 30th. Craig would have been up for re-election next year. McConnell said the case has already been referred to the Senate Ethics Committee and that any further matter on the case would...
  • Craig leaves door open to remain in Senate

    09/05/2007 7:42:05 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 100 replies · 1,799+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | Sept 5, 2007 | Erika Bolstad and Gregory Hahn
    Craig chose his words carefully during his resignation speech Saturday in Boise, according to a voice mail message he mistakenly left on a stranger's phone. In that message obtained by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, Craig tells a man named "Billy" that his choice of language is deliberate because it leaves the door open for him to stay in office. Craig made the call just minutes before his speech. "We have reshaped my statement a little bit to say it is my intent to resign on Sept. 30," Craig said. "I think it is important for you to make...
  • Entrapment Does Not Wash Here (William F. Buckley on Larry Craig)

    09/05/2007 7:18:27 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 44 replies · 1,750+ views ^ | 9/4/07 | William F. Buckley
    The news of the incident in the men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport needs to be absorbed layer by layer. It can already be referred to as the "infamous" meeting between Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho and the police officer. Freeze the story at this point, and you have simply a pickup story, another one of those "dirty old man stories," as one might have it. U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) holds an impromptu news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington in this March 2, 2004 file photo. Craig confirmed on August 27, 2007 that he pleaded guilty earlier...
  • Crazy (Larry Craig Leaves Voicemail Message He Wants To Undo Resignation Because of Arlen Specter)

    09/05/2007 3:01:35 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies · 2,241+ views
    National Review Online (The Corner) ^ | September 5, 2007 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Apparently, Sen. Craig left a voicemail (at the wrong number) for his lawyer, Billy Martin, the morning of his press conference. Roll Call posted the audio here. The Idaho Statesman has the transcript:"Yes, Billy, this is Larry Craig calling. You can reach me on my cell. Arlen Specter is now willing to come out in my defense, arguing that it appears by all that he knows that I have been railroaded and all that. "Having all of that, we have reshaped my statement a little bit to say it is my intent to resign on Sept. 30. I think it...