Idaho’s Senior U.S. Senator Larry Craig takes a moment before he announces his resignation from the senate at the old Boise Depot train station overlooking downtown Boise, Idaho Saturday morning Sept. 1, 2007. Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman said Tuesday evening Sept. 4, 2007. ‘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.
Listen to the accidental voicemail here:
“Yes, Billy, this is Larry Craig calling, you can reach me on my cell. Arlen Specter is now willing to come out in my defense arguing that all he know that I’ve been railroaded and all that. Having all that we’ve reshaped my statement to say it is my intent to resign on September 30. I think it is very important for you to make as bold a statement as you are comfortable with this afternoon. I hope you could make it in front of the cameras. I think it would ride the story that I am willing to fight that I have quality people out there fighting in my defense and that this thing could take a new turn or a new shape, it has that potential. Anyway give me a buzz, or give Mike a buzz on that, we are headed to my press conference now. Thank you, bye.
Flap does not mean to sound cynical but was Senator Larry Craig’s resignation on Saturday a SHAM?
The Idaho embarassment that keeps on giving.
Senator, you GOTTA GO.
From Hotline: The Damage to the GOP and its Presidential candidates:
WashingtonPost.com’s Cillizza: “That is not going to be met with a lot of smiles, I don’t think, in the Republican leadership, who were, frankly, glad to see him go.” More: “Every person who is running for president and every member of the Republican leadership is going to get asked 1,000 times between now and when Larry Craig makes this clear, what should Senator Craig do. Is it right for him to rethink resigning. It’s just a problem the Republicans frankly don’t want to have right now” (“Countdown,” MSNBC, 9/4).
Pat Buchanan: “My guess is his family said, If you didn’t do this, why are you resigning? Why didn’t you fight this thing?” (“Live with Dan Abrams,” MSNBC, 9/4).
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