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Breaking: Senator Craig to Resign Tomorrow

People are so eager to see Senator Craig leave that his replacement was leaked before he even resigned, which isn't expected until tomorrow:

Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig will resign from the Senate amid a furor over his arrest and guilty plea in a police sex sting in an airport men's room, Republican officials said Friday.

Craig will announce at a news conference in Boise Saturday morning that he will resign effective Sept. 30, four state GOP officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The announcement follows by just five days the disclosure that he had pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to a reduced misdemeanor charge arising out of his arrest June 11 at the Minneapolis airport.

The three-term Republican senator had maintained that he did nothing wrong except for making the guilty plea without consulting a lawyer. But he found almost no support among Republicans in his home state or Washington.

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter appeared Friday to have already settled on a successor: Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, according to several Republicans familiar with internal deliberations.

Fox News is also reporting that Lt. Gov. Jim Risch will be replacing Craig.

Next question: With Craig out of the picture, will the mainstream network news outlets now report on Hillary Clinton's corrupt, dishonest donor problem, especially since it appears that there's a lot of there there.


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Comments (50)

This is good,it shows that ... (Below threshold)
BFF:

This is good,it shows that Conservatives are better people than soulless liberals,they would make him a hero if he was a donkey.

With Craig out of the p... (Below threshold)
marc:

With Craig out of the picture, will the mainstream network news outlets now report on Hillary Clinton's corrupt, dishonest donor problem, especially there's a lot of there there.

The most likely scenario is they will loose the dogs on Lt. Gov. Jim Risch.

Somewhere in his past they'll find an unpaid parking ticket.

And the ever popular "un-named" source that claims he bought his way out of paying.

With Craig out of the p... (Below threshold)

With Craig out of the picture, will the mainstream network news outlets now report on Hillary Clinton's corrupt, dishonest donor problem, especially there's a lot of there there.

NO, the MSM will do the Tsu-step and report on the lead in china's cat food.

Exercising the integrity th... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Exercising the integrity the Dems don't have.

I think anyone who has chil... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

I think anyone who has children remember when they are between say 2 and 4. They spin around and around till they fall down laughing..

Let's agree on a couple of things...

The call for Vitter...oops I mean Craig came from Republicans..
The spin is that Republicans purge the unworthy and the Dems don't...

Will somebody please post some links to Republicans calling for the Dukster's head even after it was clear what he did? or Ney?
Republicans purging on their own? C'mon...

Do you all really need links to show initial support for Foley among the Republican Leadership? By the way where are the cries that Foley should pony up his Computer now?

Yes...there still is money in the freezer Jefferson....
However,;
Is there anyone here who truly believes 2 of Bush's closest advisers... Rove and Gonzo left within 2 weeks of each other?

There is no doubt in my mind that if Dems had been in power for the last 6 years...They would have been busted for abuse..but it has been Republicans...the fact that they are being busted for abuse is not a surprise...

So spin away....
after all...it does feel good..and we still laugh when we fall down....

Nogo,Spin what,Rep... (Below threshold)
BFF:

Nogo,

Spin what,Repubs get rid of bad apples,dems move up in the party.

"With Craig out of the p... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"With Craig out of the picture, will the mainstream network news outlets now report on Hillary Clinton's corrupt, dishonest donor problem, especially there's a lot of there there."

Unliklely. When they run out of good new propaganda they can always fall back on global warming and the mortgage problems. And I've heard New Orleans isn't rebuilt yet--damn that George Bush. Plus, I serioulsy doubt they're gonna stop analyzing every nuance of the "Craig Scandal" anytime soon anyway. It'll probably work it's way into election ads next summer and fall.

"Spin what,Repubs get ri... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

"Spin what,Repubs get rid of bad apples,"

I guess the BFF stands for Big Fat Fart because that blast of methane would never have occurred had Craig come from a state w/ a Democratic governor.

Dang it. Now Hillery is go... (Below threshold)
Bill Clinton:

Dang it. Now Hillery is going to send me into the men's room at Dulles to start toe tapping. I told her I'd do the ladies room, but she just told me to close my eyes and think of Monica.

I guess I have to take one for the team.

What bums me out about this... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

What bums me out about this whole thing is why do the Republican gays and bisexuals have to be deviants? (Yeah I know several of the Democrat ones are too, but that's different.)

I would just LOVE for the Republicans to nominate a black lesbian who was a decent, honest, normal conservative for President next summer. The left would explode...

If there's one out there, she'd have my vote on January 15th.

The difference between Cr... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

The difference between Craig doing what he is purported to have done is that he has ridden on his gilded white high horse as so do most of the other ever so Christian republicans Mounties, professing morality and family values while advocating for legislation designed to exclude and reduce the rights of the very individuals he lusts after.

Hypocrisy thou name is republican.

..and ...so...Vitter paying... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

..and ...so...Vitter paying whores to allow him to dress in a diaper is OK?

...look..
if you all think that is ok...fine...
...but please..don't play the game of We purge our own...and Dems don't...

as for a black lesbian?
...You certainly could do worse than Condi...

nogo ~ You worthless liar, ... (Below threshold)

nogo ~ You worthless liar, virtually every author and commenter on this site and over on the Politics page was calling for Cunningham's ouster and conviction as the news came out of his transgressions.

Begone with your lies, beggar!

Civil behavior, name any le... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Civil behavior, name any legislation by Craig that reduced the rights of gay people.

Somewhere in his p... (Below threshold)
Somewhere in his past they'll find an unpaid parking ticket.

Funny. When Obomba decided he was running for President, he suddenly decided he needed to pay all those parking tickets he accumulated while he was going to law school at Harvard - almost 20 years previous.

Wait a minute... from other... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Wait a minute... from other threads, I learned that Craig did nothing wrong, the cops had nothing on him, and that liberals were attacking him only because he's gay. And now that he's resigning, it's all about Republicans getting rid of "bad apples" and showing "integrity"! Ha!

Funny. When Obomba decid... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Funny. When Obomba decided he was running for President, he suddenly decided he needed to pay all those parking tickets

Funny. When Bush decided he was running for President, he suddenly decided he needed an entirely new driver's license with a brand new number.

Funny, Brian, your comment ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Funny, Brian, your comment is incoherent.

Hey, don't blame me because... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Hey, don't blame me because you're clueless. Here's a bone for ya.

No, I blame you because you... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

No, I blame you because you are incoherent.

Hey, lefties... look at wha... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Hey, lefties... look at what Craig actually pled guilty to and find me the sex crime in there.

What he pled to was misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The gross misdemeanor charge of interference to privacy was dismissed by the court.

No $90,000 in a freezer, no campaign contributions from non-citizens who are on the lam from a warrant, no girls drowned in a car in a river, just disorderly conduct.

And you lefties would have us believe that he's the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper.

Puh-leeze. Yes, he's so stupid that he can't find his butt with both hands and a map for pleading guilty and thinking it would just go away, that's why I myself called for his resignation.

But you foaming-at-the-mouth lefties are making Mount Everest out of a friggin' anthill.

I am glad he is leaving, just to shut you up about this.

From Brian's linky<b... (Below threshold)

From Brian's linky

it is almost certain we should examine every aspect of his past to see if he is morally fit to become president.

The two authors of that column are concerned if someone is "morally fit to become president? In 1999?!

Puhleaze. In the midst of the most amoral presidency of modern times, they're concerned about how and why the Governor of Texas got a new drivers license number, cuz, you know, 20 years previous he mighta gotten a DWI.

Of course, there was that girl he left in the bay to drown/suffocate a slow and miserable death. And then there were those allegations, not by anonymous sources or second hand anecdotes mind you, but by the women themselves, of rapes and sexual assaults that the press went berserk over trying to prove.

Oh, yeah. None of that was George W. Bush. Those were other people. Who were they, again?

But these two are "wondering" what a new drivers license could mean.

Get bent.

The bottom line is: Republ... (Below threshold)

The bottom line is: Republicans do tend to purge our lawbreakers. Democrats tend to succor theirs.

If Griffin Bell hadn't shut down Abscam . . .

Is that the best you libs c... (Below threshold)
BFF:

Is that the best you libs could do,how sad for you.

Barney Frank-Reelected,Will... (Below threshold)
jainphx:

Barney Frank-Reelected,William Jefferson-reelected,Fat boy Kennedy-reelected time after time after time,the list is extensive.Some one please with a straight face explain how this happens.

What bums me out about t... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

What bums me out about this whole thing is why do the Republican gays and bisexuals have to be deviants? (Yeah I know several of the Democrat ones are too, but that's different.)

I guess it couldn't be because the "family values" party whose members spend their lives excoriating gays, (by the way, denying basic American rights to our fellow citizens because of their sexual orientation is NOT one of MY family's values) I hope ex-Senator Craig can reconcile himself before God and his constituents about why he chose to deny himself and his kind the basic human rights (as we see them in the sane, developed world) that the rest of us enjoy.

If you want some perspectiv... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

If you want some perspective on this whole thing, consider that I am a Utah Mormon. George W. Bush, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, and Tom DeLay have done more for the Democratic Party than they could EVER have done for themselves.

Wait, I forgot Duke Cunning... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Wait, I forgot Duke Cunningham, Richard Pombo, Rick Renzi, Bob Ney, and Joe Abramoff. I can't do this anymore. I initially registered as a Republican when I got my voter registration, at 17, in 1997. This party has become not just misguided, but disgusting. I officially tender my resignation. I consider myself an independent. I don't mean to tip the scales in one way, but President Clinton fooling around with an intern is tiddlywinks compared to this crap. This is like the Colts against the Browns in the Super Bowl. Have I used enough analogies? I hope the ghost of Ronald Reagan haunts the nightmares of all of these guys as they rot in prison.

The "conservative ... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

The "conservative republican" identity has hit bottom.

jainphIt's an easy... (Below threshold)
JFO:

jainph

It's an easy answer to your question. Intolerance, hypocrisy and fear are just a couple of reasons republicans eat their own.

I gotta say - the continual referencing on this blog and others to the demnocrats somehow being behind the Craig (alleged) resignation is so funny as to be agsurd. Lets get it straight here, it's another example of the intolerance of many from the right and it'ds the repubs tossing him overboard. Tent Lott is about the only one od stature in his party to oppose dumping him.

And for those about to talk about repubs "cleaning their own house" be careful cause Senator Vitter (or should I say The John Vitter) has not received anywhere near the amount of condemnation of his own party. So, seems to me we go right back to one of my first points - intolerance and fear.

Can all you hypocritical li... (Below threshold)
Dirk:

Can all you hypocritical libtards shut the hell up about Vitter needing to resign? If prostitution was a disqualifier from holding office, the Kennedy family never would have held any political position.

"...but President Clinto... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"...but President Clinton fooling around with an intern is tiddlywinks compared to this crap." -- Ryan

+1,000

And the crap the Republicans foist upon the nation has been ongoing since the Teapot Dome Scandal, through McCarthyism, Watergate, and Iran-Contra, to the current Reign of The Chimp.

And thus still another Republican lawbreaker bites the dust, resigning in utter disgrace. But don't worry, the conservatives will tell you there's plenty more where that one came from! As long as humanity cannot shed greed, shortsightedness, intolerance and indifference, there will continue to be conservative lawbreakers.

And the crap the R... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:
And the crap the Republicans foist upon the nation has been ongoing since the Teapot Dome Scandal, through McCarthyism, Watergate, and Iran-Contra, to the current Reign of The Chimp.

And thus still another Republican lawbreaker bites the dust, resigning in utter disgrace. But don't worry, the conservatives will tell you there's plenty more where that one came from! As long as humanity cannot shed greed, shortsightedness, intolerance and indifference, there will continue to be conservative lawbreakers.

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

Have I used enough analo... (Below threshold)

Have I used enough analogies? ....no, you could repeat that "Colts against the Browns in the Superbowl" one a few more times.

DirkI don't think ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Dirk

I don't think Vitter should resign. I'm merely pointing out the incredible hypocrisy and intolerance of republicans. On the one hand they want to run Craig out on a rail - for alleged homosexual conduct - but on the other forgive and forget the man who illegally involves himself in straight sex. That's my point. Tolerate one form of behavior because it involves straight sex and be intolerant of alleged homosexual conduct. Once again the party of the "big tent" allows itself in reality to be nothing more than a pup tent.

Craig pled guilty to a crim... (Below threshold)
BFF:

Craig pled guilty to a crime,Vitter only did what a fair amount of them probably do,once again it proves repubs get rid of criminals and the dems criminals stay in power or even move up in the party,and when you have no morals,and the party is where anything goes,why would you punish your own for being good liberals.

JFO, how about you lefties ... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

JFO, how about you lefties tolerating Ted Kennedy, who pled guilty to a crime (leaving the scene of an accident--not sure if it's a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony in the State of Massachusetts)?

Kennedy's crime also involved the death of an innocent young lady, and Craig's didn't actually harm anyone, either.

Yet Kennedy is not only tolerated by the left, he is celebrated and named as one of their leaders.

You are very qualified to talk about hypocrisy, JFO, being such a hypocrite yourself.

On the one hand th... (Below threshold)
On the one hand they want to run Craig out on a rail - for alleged homosexual conduct -...

Actually, after hearing all the evidence, I have serious doubt whether Craig did anything wrong.

What I do think is that, for whatever reason, he copped to a lesser charge, without benefit of counsel. Which means he doesn't have the good sense one should expect of a Senator.

So, on significantly less evidence than there was against Jack Murtha in ABSCAM, Craig will lose his Senate seat.

There's more evidence on the ABSCAM tape featuring Murtha that would indicate he was amenable to the offer from the undercover sting op than there is on the tape with Craig that he did anything wrong.

As an unindicted co-conspirator, for not following federal law requiring him to report to the FBI his contact with someone who offered him a bribe and for not following House Rules to report the same to the Ethics Committee, Mad Jack Murtha is a democrat party leader who was recently considered for House Majority Leader.

So, it's cool if you're a democratic and are going to accept a bribe to sell out your office.

Couldn't help yourself coul... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Couldn't help yourself could you? Gotta bring up Murtha somehow someway. From what? 30 years ago? Why don't you talk about some more recent "bribe" cases ala Abramhoff, Ney, Jefferson et al? You really want to talk about bribes? Lord you're stupid sometimes.

Good ol' JFO. Skip right ov... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Good ol' JFO. Skip right over Kennedy and Chappaquiddick.

By the way, before you whine that it's over 30 years old, that just shows that the left has been tolerating lawbreakers for 30 years. Ya might wanna rethink bringing that one up.

CCGAs usual, your ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

CCG

As usual, your head is up your ass and you didn't read the comment I was commenting about. You love to bitch, moan and get sanctimonious about folks going off topic. So John goes off topic - a sex related issue - and brings up "bribery" from 30 years ago? And I should talk about Kennedy? Go back to your Bible, learn to read better and then come back.

If you wingnuts want to talk about bribery lets get going.

Hsunami JFO. Run for your ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Hsunami JFO. Run for your life.

h/t Gateway Pundit.
=====================

Kim:If she broke t... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Kim:

If she broke the law, prosecute her with no holds barred. Pretty simple eh? Too bad wingnuts - you especially - feell so obliged to defend their felons.

JFO, I was referring to you... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

JFO, I was referring to you completely skipping my comment (before John's) about Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Chappaquiddick).

Now whom is the one with his head up his rectum? You should be used to that feeling by now, that's where yours is permanently lodged, it appears.

ccgGod god man you... (Below threshold)
JFO:

ccg

God god man you are a pathological liar. Why would you refer me to something you wrote when I was directly responding to someone else's comment about mine? And both the other person's comment and my response had to do with bribery and nothing to do with your obsessive thoughts about 40 years ago.
I don't even read most of your shit because that's what you post - lies and shit. Your bible's going to explode one of these days because of your utter and absolute dishonesty.

Thanks for proving what I s... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Thanks for proving what I stated earlier, JFO. You completely ignored what I said about Kennedy.

Thanks also for providing me with blessings in Heaven. See Matthew 5:11.

And finally, thanks for providing a great example of how a lefty treats those who disagree with him.

Bravo, JFO! Three times, Bravo!

CCGWhen will you g... (Below threshold)
JFO:

CCG

When will you get it? Ever? I didn't read your comment you jackass because I rarely do. Go on with your pathetic whimpering about ignoring what you said about Kennedy. I ignored because I didn't read it fool. And if I had read it I would have cared less. what you had to say about him. Right-wing screwballs like you obsess about Ted Kennedy and the Clintons. You hate them as do so many of your
self-righteous xtian friends but you,of course, don't have the balls to admit it. Rather you spit out your pious biblical quotes in an attempt to feel superior. And all you do is prove how small you are.

jfo, your vituperation is e... (Below threshold)

jfo, your vituperation is especially high today. Lithium levels low?

JFO, every time I think you... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

JFO, every time I think you can't sink lower, you surprise me.

Please, keep it up. You're a shining example of how "tolerant" the left is towards those that don't agree.

JFO, you kiss your mother w... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

JFO, you kiss your mother with that mouth?




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