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2496Re: [prezveepsenator] Sen. Craig resigns over sex sting

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    Sep 2 11:01 PM
      Two other points concerning the GOP's differing
      reactions to the sex scandals of Craig and Vitter. A
      male soliciting a female prostitute plays a lot
      differently in New Orleans than a male soliciting sex
      from another male plays in Boise. More importantly,
      Louisiana has a Democratic governor who would
      probably appoint a Democrat to replace Vitter and
      Idaho has a Republican governor, so the seat is safe
      in Craig's absence.


      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      > Sen. Craig resigns over sex sting
      > By JOHN MILLER and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
      > Writers 3 minutes ago
      > 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.
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