ID: That Thing About Craig Resigning…Never Mind?

Over the weekend, we had PA Senator Arlen Specter publicly asking Larry Craig to reconsider his resignation. Now Craig’s own spokesman is claiming Craig is doing just that, according to the AP.

Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman said Tuesday evening.

“It’s not such a foregone conclusion anymore, that the only thing he could do was resign,” said Sidney Smith, Craig’s spokesman in Idaho’s capital.

First he pleaded guilty and then claims he wasn’t. Then he says he is going to resign and is now reconsidering. He is starting to make John Kerry look principled by comparison….

Oh boy, the Republican Senate leadership must be loving this….

Posted by Dave at 8:43 pm
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30 Responses to “ID: That Thing About Craig Resigning…Never Mind?”

  1. Tina says:

    I thought this was done.

    I’m going back on vacation.

    The Republicans are idiots.

  2. Tim says:

    He’d better stay resigned. Or, that Senate seat will be in play, next year.
    The GOP Leadership must be going nuts.

  3. CambridgeREP says:

    Yeesh…what’s the precedent for de-resigning? This is like Al Gore withdrawing his concession speech on election night in 2000.

    Even if Craig did decide to run, he’d probably be ousted in a primary. The GOP has enough to worry about in 2008 in the Senate, what with VA and NH looking gone now, CO pretty close to it, and a slew of other states shaky, without having to worry about a deep red state slipping away.

    I’m so conflicted about Craig, since I think his resignation is/was/would be good for the GOP. However, I can’t say that I’m comfortable with the charges against him. Sure, if someone’s caught having sex in a public place, or soliciting sex from a prostitute, those things are clearly illegal (although for the latter, I’m not sure that’s something that should necessarily be against the law). But Craig was doing neither of those things. I’m no legal expert, but how can the state know that, had the person in the stall next to him responded favorably, Craig would’ve engaged in sex with him in that bathroom? Perhaps he would’ve invited him back to an airport hotel, which is perfectly legal. And is this really such top priority that we want to devote all these undercover cops to it? Maybe I’m naive, but I really don’t hear a lot of guys saying, “Man, I couldn’t do a number two because these two guys in the stall next to me were having sex!”

    And I rarely agree with the NY Times editorial page, but one does have to wonder why David Vitter got off, while Craig didn’t. (I mean, I know it’s because LA has a Democratic governor, while ID has a Republican.)

  4. Sam says:

    I think the issue was more that he peaked into the stall several times first (without consent) and that by intentionally entering another person’s bathroom stall, in a public place, is automatically considered lewd behavior, regardless of his future intentions.

  5. David says:

    While he is fighting to keep his seat, the Democrat candidate will be campaigning and getting name recognition. We can’t afford lose a seat in the 2nd most conservative state…if we do, the Republican Party is toast. Not so sure VA is gone yet, there is always a chance M. Warner will pass for the Govenor’s mansion in 2009.

  6. Everett W. says:

    If Craig unresigns, he’d likely still lose to another Republican in the Idaho primary. The real GOP problem would be the months in the interim where a continuing spectacle could drag down other Republicans.

  7. Tim says:

    This is where I think Senator McConnell should step into the picture. Senatro Craig is not thinking this matter through. He could drag down several in the Senate, with him.
    I do know this. If I’m innocent of something, I don’t plead guilty. Why would he do this? Plus, what about all those years of rumors about him?
    Long before now, they should have eased him out of that seat. Bob Novak was right about that.

  8. Sam says:


    M. Warner won’t run for Governor. We’ve already got two established Dems here (Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran) who’ve been building towards Governor since 2005. Warner won’t step on their toes, he’ll run for the Senate seat that’s basically his.

    Ok, and Idaho is the second most conservative state? I’d thought I heard it was the most… What IS the most conservative state then? Just curious.

  9. dennis says:

    utah is the most conservative state in the union

  10. GOPguy says:


    The most conservative state is Utah, and Creigh Deeds (D-VA) is a loser, if he couldn’t win the Attorney General race in 2006, the worse year for Republicans in almost half a century, he would have to be crazy to think he has a chance in hell of being Governor of Virginia.

  11. Jake says:

    Is M.Warner allowed to run for gov after already serving two terms? I arrived in Virginia literally two weeks ago and I have no idea what the laws are…

  12. CambridgeREP says:

    Jake–I think the VA law is regarding CONSECUTIVE terms, so he can run again in 2009.

    I don’t know about M. Warner not wanting to step on others’ toes, but all signs are pointing that he’s readying to launch a Senate campaign real soon. Another former Democratic governor, Shaheen, will probably do the same in NH soon.

    Finally, sad news that Rep. Paul Gilmor (OH-5, Rep.) has been found dead.

  13. David says:

    Good point Sam, Deeds (who lost in 2005 not 2006) and Moran have been running for VA govenor since 2005. Also, M. Warner has only served one term (2002 – 2006) and by law can serve another term after sitting one out. Evidently, If Mark runs for Senate he has inside information that he has no chance of being named VP. He would never pass up that opportunity to run for Senate. In order for Mark Warner NOT to win the Senate seat, he would have to have a “Macaa” (spelling) moment. He is well liked in Virginia, even by some Repbublicans.

  14. Tina says:

    The worse year is likely to get worse if the Republicans don’t stop Craig from un resigning.

    This will become a blood bath in 2008.

    In other news, the Clinton fundraiser in CA failed to show up at his hearing today. He is on the run. Hopefully, he is caught. Call in Dog the Bounty Hunter.

  15. David says:


    The Craig news will continue to deminate the news thus giving Hillary as free pass. I agree, I have now lost all respect for Craig. Is is trying to give this VERY RED seat to the Dems. The ID senate seat should be soo-in.

    Also, there is rumor that M. Warner is going to be annoucning his plans in the future which makes me think he is going to run for Senate. Why make an announcement so soon to tell us that he isn’t running.

  16. GOPguy says:


    I stand corrected, Deeds lost in 2005, still a bad year for VAGOP with the loss of Senate & House seats, and Tim Kaine’s upset of Jerry Killgore, so I still have to say that Creigh Deeds is a loser, the dems would be foolish to make him their Nominee for Governor in 2009…

  17. Corey says:

    This Craig soap opera needs to end already!

    Very sad news today regarding the sudden deaths of both Rep. Paul Gillmor of Ohio and former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn of Washington.

    And in other news, a new ARG poll out of Michigan (scheduled to vote on January 15), shows Mitt Romney leading the GOP field by a 3-1 margin.

  18. Sam says:

    Wait, Utah’s the most conservative state? By what standard? They have one democratic rep, Idaho has none… I’m not disputing it, I just want to know what that’s based on (this is all my own curiosity, I’d often heard about Idaho as the most conservative followed by Wyoming, then Utah, so I just want to know the numbers or whatever)

  19. Wes says:

    Larry Craig: the monkey you just can’t get off your back no matter how hard you try. Maybe Mcconnell should offer Craig the same deal the Dems in New Jersey offered Torricelli: Get out or your next of kin will be called in to identify your body.

  20. lisab says:

    it seems to me it comes down to whether he was peeping in the bathroom. if there is evidence to this he should resign. if not, then at worst he was horribly embarassed at being outed. it does not seem that he lied under oath.

    that is, assuming he wasn’t peeping, he may have been trying to hook up with a man … thus pleading guilty to the charge.

    however, it shouldn’t be a crime to be gay, sooooo …. again assuming he wasn’t peeping he has done nothing wrong.

    the weird part is that he says he is not gay …

    btw, how did the tape of the arrest scene become public?

  21. Wes says:

    This whole situation is surreal, Lisa. Of course the republicans never demanded Pat Leahy’s or Ted Kennedy’s resignation for far worse things…Stran

  22. Tina says:

    Most conservative state in terms of Presidential elections. Where did President Bush receive the largest percentage of his vote – Utah.

  23. Tina says:

    There’s the FNC Republican debate. Imo its due or die for McCain and three or four others. If they can’t break out – its over.

  24. Wes says:

    Then it’s over, Tina. McCain’s overt contempt for his base has cost him any chance at getting the GOP nod. He remins me a little of Rick Santorum from a slightly different perspective in that regard.

  25. Tina says:


    Did you catch the media saying he’s done because of his “close support of Bush’s policy in Iraq.”

    I think it has to do with Amnesty, contempt for tax cuts, McCain-Feingold, etc.

  26. Tim says:

    You are right. Senator McCain has lost the Conservative base, who do not consider him to be one of their own. And, without the Conservatives, no Republican gets the Nomination.

  27. Bitterlaw says:

    Wes – Santorum was always true to his conservative supporters. He lost because the Democrats ran a pro-life, pro-gun rights candidate who opposed the war against him. The Philadelphia lefties hated Santorum enough to vote for a candidate they otherwise couldn’t stand.

  28. GOPguy says:


    Utah is the most conservative state, the one democrat seat they have was formally held by a Republican named Merril Cook (R-UT), who ran a foolish campaign and lost to Tim Matheson who has the famous last name… However the district along with all others were carried heavily by President Bush in 2000 & 2004…

    Also, RIP Rep. Gillmor & Jennifer Dunn, may God Bless their families…

  29. Wes says:

    Bitter, Santorum lost because he made a fool of himself in the Terri schiavo debacle then failed to recognize the danger Casey posed to him. By the time he decided it was time to actually campaign, it was far too late. That’s why McCain reminds me of Santorum. He made a fool of himself on a critical nation issue and then tried to coast. When he finally acknoledged he was in danger, he was past redeeming himself–and still is.

  30. Wes says:

    GOPguy, Matheson did not beat the incumbent Republican in 2000. The Republican representing the district at the time was ousted in a hugely divisive primary, thus handing the district to Matheson.