Report: Sen. Larry Craig arrested in June on suspicion of “lewd conduct” in public restroom; Update: Big misunderstanding, says Craig; Update: Craig resigns from Romney campaign

posted at 5:31 pm on August 27, 2007 by Allahpundit

If you’re wondering which party he belongs to, let me put it this way: the media will be sure to specify it in its reporting on this story.

The page at Roll Call is down due to server overload but you can read the nuts and bolts at Political Wire. He was one of the senators named by the left’s McCornthyites during the Foley uproar as being in the closet. The details from Roll Call don’t explicitly corroborate that claim, but…

Special disastrous bonus factoid: He’s up for re-election next year!

Update: Free Republic has reprinted the Roll Call story. “At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, ‘What do you think about that?’ the report states.” I think he can probably start throwing away those cards now.

Commenter Scott McC quips, “He was livin’ in his own private Idaho.”

Update: You have to read the FR article to understand it, but here’s your quote of the day:

Craig stated “that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine,” the report states.

Update: One of our commenters reminds me that Craig voted yes on shamnesty cloture. Fare thee well, Larry.

Update: Uh huh:

Craig said in a statement issued by his office that he was not involved in any inappropriate conduct.

“At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions,” he said. “I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously.”

Update: Run away! Run away! Also:

Btw, rumors of Craig’s homosexuality didn’t just pop up last year. Then-Rep. Larry Craig went on network news in 1982 to deny rumors involving cocaine and sex with male pages.

Update: Hugh Hewitt wants Craig to resign immediately but David Vitter to stay on. Huh?

Update: Idaho Governor Butch Otter, who’d appoint Craig’s replacement, says he’s been blindsided by the news. Needless to say, the quicker they can get him out and someone else in, the better the chances of holding the seat.

Update: That was fast.


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