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Posted on Sep 4, 2007
Larry Craig
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Sen. Larry Craig, his wife, Suzanne, at his side, announces on Saturday his intent to resign at the end of September.

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is apparently not absolutely certain he will resign on Sept. 30 following the discovery of, and ensuing media blitzkrieg about, his June arrest in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  According to Craig’s camp, the embattled senator is considering his options, including the possibility of reversing his guilty plea.


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

“We’re still preparing as if Senator Craig will resign Sept. 30, but the outcome of the legal case in Minnesota and the ethics investigation will have an impact on whether we’re able to stay in the fight—and stay in the Senate,” Smith said.

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By rowdy, September 5, 2007 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

maybe he should follow paul gillmor’s lead. putrid dead meat.

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By Brons, September 5, 2007 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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Doesn’t this dumbass know when to throw in the towel?
He’s still relatively young and apparently virile…and there’s THOUSANDS of men’s rooms just waiting to be cruised!!!
Look to the future Senator Craig….someone is out there waiting for you…....

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By Frank Cajon, September 5, 2007 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment

Hey, Larry, keep it up. Drag this thing out with do-overs and changes of heart as long as you want. I like watching Neocons squirm. By the way, when you sign a sworn statement admitting guilt, you can’t do a do-over on that, but who’s quibbling. Oh, yeah, make sure you check which hand your ring is on in the morning. We don’t want any more of these unpleasant little arrest things…ah, hell go ahead, they are entertaining and keep the GOP in the nightly news every day.

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By Cap'n Happy, September 5, 2007 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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Craig is exemplary of bi-partisan politics! He has the audacious hypocrisy of the religious right and the wishy washy indecisiveness of a democrat.

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By boggs, September 5, 2007 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment

Seems that Senator Craig is uncertain about so many things lately.
He isn’t sure why he pled guilty when he believes he may be innocent. He isn’t sure whether he will resign on the 30th of Sept. but he will keep his options open.
I hope he sticks around, because once they leave we soon forget their names,
by staying in the group, we remember his name and the crime in case we wish to discuss it at a later date, like say election time!!!!

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By QuyTran, September 5, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

GOP Senate and House members are champions of spitting out then sucking back. I tip off my hat !

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By Greg Bacon, September 5, 2007 at 9:09 am Link to this comment

So, it looks like Senator Craig is adopting a different “stance.”  Will this new “stance” be as wide-bodied as the previous one?

“I puffed, but didn’t inhale” was what Clinton said when asked about his alleged wacky weed activities.

“I puffed, but didn’t swallow” seems like a natural response to any more questions asked of a certain Idaho senator.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, September 5, 2007 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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He should fight.He is fighting for the rights of wide stancers everywhere.He pleaded guilty because he did not want the media harping on the wide stance.I hear he is now writing a bill that stalls be twice as wide as they are now so the wide stancers will have the room necessary.Way to go Larry always fighting for the underdog.

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By Groovesmoothly, September 5, 2007 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

He’ll make up his mind after the 11th has blown by us so the media doesn’t have to consider the surge report news any longer.

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By KISS, September 5, 2007 at 6:25 am Link to this comment

Craig gives Hubris a whole new meaning. R Brooks is right, Let’s concentrate on the important things, like Bush bombing Iran.

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By rbrooks, September 5, 2007 at 5:57 am Link to this comment
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Can you in the name of journalism and sanity quit supporting this latest corporate-media effort to keep us entertained while Bush and Cheney put the final polish on the plan to attack Iran?
Every time you post a Larry Craig story you become part of the national propaganda machine.
This is a non-story. It’s gossip. It’s smoke and mirrors.
I can get this on CNN. Coming from you, it’s not just nauseating, it’s literally frightening. How can you buy into this most obvious of distractions? Quit already. We don’t need your help to keep up with the Larry and Arlen show, we can get the sordid details everywhere else. From you we hope to get information, courage, and relevance.

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By farmertx, September 5, 2007 at 4:23 am Link to this comment

Damn, I guess Idaho people are a lot different than I thought.
When I knew some folks in Idaho, such actions as Craigs’ would have not been tolerated at all.
The strength of the legal case is a moot point. Craig, had he been innocent, would have been screaming for justice, rather than copping a plea.
Pigpen (Lauras’ pet name for Der Karl) can spin this all he wants to, but the fact remains, Craig pled to a lesser offense to make this go away. That is not the way an innocent person would have responded.

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By KYJurisDoctor, September 4, 2007 at 10:27 pm Link to this comment

Now is the chance for sensible Republicans in the Senate Leadership, like our own Mitch McConnell, to shove him off the political cliff if he won’t go quietly!

http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2007/09/idaho-senator-larry-craig-is.html#links

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By rowdy, September 4, 2007 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment

this keeps getting better and better. i think it is great that he wants to fight this now. he has already been convicted in the eyes of any one with a brain. let this repubpig keep this in the media for another year. just what the repubpigs deserve.

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By purplewolf, September 4, 2007 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

Have the republicans no shame? We know their personal morals are not up to what they demand of the little people. Or are they so arrogant or dense or both to think that things will go on as usual as if the lies don’t count because I have a,” I’M A SENATOR CARD” to get my butt out of trouble. If he goes back he will be shunned like a leper.

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