Three-term Republican Senator Larry Craig (Idaho) made a statement today to Boise reporters concerning his recently exposed June 11 arrest and guilty plea of lewd conduct in a men’s bathroom in Minneapolis. Rumors regarding a possible resignation were tossed around the beltway as some of Craig’s longtime colleagues suggested he step down.
However, Craig did not declare his resignation but rather stated that he will announce — as previously planned — next month whether or not he will seek re-election.
“I love my wife, family, friends, staff, and Idaho. I love serving Idaho in Congress. Over the years, I have accomplished a lot for Idaho, and I hope Idahoans will allow me to continue to do that. There are still goals I would like to accomplish, and I believe I can still be an effective leader for Idaho.”
Surprisingly Craig announced that although he plead guilty he “did nothing wrong at the Minneapolis airport.”
“I chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in hopes of making it go away,” said Craig. “I am not gay. I never have been gay.”
The Minneapolis police arrested Craig after claiming that he had engaged in actions "often used by persons communicating a desire to engage in sexual conduct."
The Senate Republican Leadership said in a statement that they “became aware of the incident involving Senator Larry Craig and his subsequent admission of guilt in a Minnesota court” just yesterday and plan to report the incident to the Senate Ethics committee for its review.
During his statement Craig’s tone was at times emotional and apologetic toward his family members and constituents “I regret the decision to plead guilty and the sadness that decision has brought on my wife, on my family, friends, staff and fellow Idahoans."
Craig also scolded “the Idaho statesman” claiming they have “relentlessly, officially and viciously harassed” the senator and his family in the months leading up to his arrest.
Craig, 62, has faced rumors about his sexual orientation for years, but allegations have never been confirmed. With Republican scandals scarring Washington all too recently Craig is likely to find his political future uncertain.