Re: [prezveepsenator] Sen. Craig resigns over sex sting
- 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
> began Monday with the disclosure that he had pleaded
> guilty to a reduced charge following his arrest
> 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
> 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
> than a quarter-century and was up for re-election
> 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
> is my intention to resign from the Senate effective
> Sept. 30," Craig said, with his wife again at his
> and Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter standing behind
> "For any public official at this moment in time to
> standing with Larry Craig is in itself a humbling
> experience," Craig said.
> Craig was arrested June 11 in a police undercover
> operation in a men's room at the Minneapolis
> The arresting officer, Sgt. Dave Karsnia, said in
> report that the restroom is known location for
> homosexual activity.
> "I am not gay. I never have been gay," Craig said at
> 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
> from the GOP in the 2006 election.