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Larry Craig: I’m Staying In The Senate

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 27, 2007

 Now this is like Christmas come two months early:

Remember a few weeks back when Larry Craig’s office said he would resign his Senate seat by September 30 if his guilty plea weren’t overturned by then?

Well, forget all that — Craig is staying.

In the wake of the news today that the judge on the case won’t be ruling on whether his guilty plea can be withdrawn until late next week at the latest — that is to say, well after September 30 — Craig has just confirmed that he’s staying put:

“Today was a major step in the legal effort to clear my name,” Craig said in a statement. “The court has not issued a ruling on my motion to withdraw my guilty plea. For now, I will continue my work in the U.S. Senate for Idaho.”

I can’t imagine he’ll be there until November of next year. But the longer he stays, the less time the Idaho Republicans have to pick a replacement for the Republican governor to appoint — and the less time that replacement will have to put some daylight between him/herself and the stench of the Craig scandal.

17 Responses to “Larry Craig: I’m Staying In The Senate”

  1. whig said


  2. whig said

    Besides, what did he actually do? Had he intended to engage in an activity that would be inappropriate in a public restroom, such intent is not itself a crime, is it? So he’s queer as a three dollar bill, and hiding in the water closet. I hope he gets plenty of help and support in coming to terms with himself.

  3. whig said

    I mean, for instance in a prostitution sting, you have to actually offer money for sex or something for there to be a transaction they can arrest you for. You can’t be arrested for winking at the prostitute, right?

  4. whig said

    Even if he touched the guy’s foot, it wasn’t an unwelcome advance if the police officer was intentionally and admittedly using some sekrit-code to communicate interest.

  5. Charles said

    He was arrested for staring through the stall door at the police officer for two full minutes. He plea bargained down.

    I looked up the statute. It’s a clean bust under Minnesota law.

  6. Emptywheel at The Next Hurrah suspects that, as Craig is one of the likely Senate subpoena targets in the Brent Wilkes/MZM case, the national Republican Party leadership may have realized that they might want to keep him around awhile as he apparently has some sort of immunity to subpoena power so long as he remains a Senator. If true, this means that the Wilkes/MZM scandal is so potentially dangerous to Republicans that they’d be willing to burn a Senate seat to keep it under wraps, as it’s quite likely that the trial will drag on long enough to make it difficult, if not impossible, for Idaho Republicans to find a replacement for Idaho’s GOP governor to appoint in time to run as an incumbent in next year’s election.

  7. whig said

    Charles, statute or not, he hasn’t admitted staring through a stall door for two full minutes, has he?

  8. Charles said

    He hasn’t admitted that particular behavior, whig.

    But pleading guilty to disorderly is an admission that something happened.

  9. whig said

    Yup, but I think he should get a new trial and that means he withdraws all of that.

  10. whig said

    I think that the judge or jury would be entitled to see and hear all of his prior admissions, of course.

  11. Charles said

    An ordinary person could not expect to get anything more than a laugh in response to a request to withdraw a guilty plea filed by mail weeks after the incident.

    Why should Senators expect better treatment than the rest of us?

  12. whig said

    You should expect more, Charles.

  13. whig said

    He may have imprudently waived his right to a trial, and his statements including his profession of guilt may be admissible evidence but he should be free to recant his plea. I think everyone should have the opportunity to be presented with the witnesses and evidence against themselves.

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  15. Charles said

    Whig, “imprudent” is when, under the stress of arrest and police grilling, you confess without consulting a lawyer.

    “Guilty as hell” is when you mail in your confession two months after you’re arrested.

  16. whig said

    And if the judge or 12 jurors agree with you, then he’s guilty.

  17. whig said

    I really hope he gets a jury trial. I think that would be awesome.

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