Sen. Craig Staying Put -UPDATE 4: Craig will Not Resign
Originally Posted by CIR_Dream2007
The reporter on Countdown said he was skeptical, but as long as that seat doesn't become a no vote, I'll be happy.
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Sen. Larry Craig Wades Into Senate Matters but Stays Far From Capitol Hill
Friday, September 14, 2007
BOISE, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has been sending press releases from Idaho commenting on U.S. Senate matters, including U.S. Iraq war policy, but the Idaho lawmaker who is under fire after his guilty plea in a bathroom sex sting said Thursday he may never return as a lawmaker to Washington, D.C.
Craig, a 62-year-old Republican, remains in Idaho, said Sid Smith, a spokesman in Boise.
"He doesn't have any plans to go back to D.C. next week," Smith said. "That doesn't mean he won't, just nothing is planned. Everything is still up in the air. We're still debating about whether he'll be returning to the Capitol, at all."
Craig said two weeks ago he planned to quit on Sept. 30, then indicated there was a slim chance he would try to stay in the U.S. Senate if he's able to undo his Aug. 1 guilty plea to the reduced misdemeanor charges.
The next hearing in the case is Sept. 26.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter hasn't named a replacement for Craig, whose staff declined to say when or if he would make an official resignation announcement.
"He hasn't decided on a date to make an announcement, or if an announcement is necessary," Smith said. "Obviously, we're still planning on resigning."
Otter has said he'll choose a Craig replacement from a list that includes Attorney General Lawrence Wasden; Lt. Gov. Jim Risch; state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell; state Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden; and former state lawmaker Dane Watkins. Otter hasn't said when he'll name the successor.
Larry Craig to stick around
It's Sept. 29; do you know where your Larry Craig resignation is?
Based on a self-imposed deadline announced a month ago, the Idaho Republican, who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after making advances towards an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport men's room, was supposed to step down from the Senate tomorrow. That's clearly not going to happen.
As of Wednesday, Craig said he would await a judge's ruling on his request to withdraw his guilty plea, before making a final decision on whether to resign. That could take a couple of weeks, and perhaps longer depending on appeals and any possible new charges prosecutors may file.
But in a "Hardball" interview the other day, Craig lawyer Stanley Brand suggested the senator may disregard the outcome of his case in Minnesota, and may very well stick around regardless.
MATTHEWS: Stan Brand, is your sense that the senator may well be able to hang on until the end of his term?
BRAND: I -- think that's conceivable, especially if he gets some type of relief in Minnesota. But I don't think it depends on that.
For those keeping score at home, as of a couple of weeks ago, a favorable ruling in Minnesota was the only thing that would keep Craig from resigning. Now, the senator may decide that a misdemeanor charge on his record isn't the end of the world.
Craig seems to be nearing the point in which he tells his colleagues, "If you want me to go, you're going to have to expel me."