September 03, 2007

Larry Craig


From CNN: Amid sex scandal, Sen. Craig resigns.

Sen. Larry Craig said Saturday he will resign, succumbing to rapidly intensifying pressure from within his own Republican Party.

"The people of Idaho deserve a senator who can devote 100 percent of his time and effort to the critical issues of our state and of our nation," said Craig, speaking under a clear blue sky at 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. ET) outside the historic Boise Depot in Idaho's capital city.

"Therefore it is with sadness and deep regret that I announce that it is my intent to resign from the Senate, effective September 30th."

His announcement was greeted by scattered applause. A woman called out, "We love you, Larry!" Craig's wife, Suzanne, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other supporters stood behind Craig as he spoke. Watch the crowd react

Craig had been under intense pressure to quit since news surfaced this week that he was arrested in June in a men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by a plainclothes police officer.

Police were investigating reports of sexual activity in the restroom.

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UPDATE -- Sept. 4 From FOX News: Idaho Sen. Larry Craig Reconsiders Decision to Resign.

Posted by Forkum at September 3, 2007 12:26 PM