AP: Craig to announce resignation tomorrow; Update: Will be replaced by Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch

posted at 6:37 pm on August 31, 2007 by Allahpundit

And that’s that. Stand by for reaction.

Update: Major Garrett is reporting on Fox News right now that the GOP told him to resign or the following would happen:

1. The Senate GOP leadership will call on him to resign.
2. The Republican Senate Campaign Committee will deny him re-election funds and recruit a primary challenger.
3. The RNC will announce that Republicans nationwide want him to resign.

Update: The newest Republican senator will be Jim Risch. Let’s see if we can find out his position on amnesty with a little Google magic.

Update: Promising so far:

Gov. Jim Risch ordered state agencies Wednesday to stop hiring illegal aliens by using a federal Web site to verify that new employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

The outgoing Republican governor wants local governments and private businesses to also use the voluntary and free screening system as a way to crack down on undocumented immigrants who are taking jobs and benefits away from legal residents.

“Idahoans deserve to have their tax dollars spent on legal, United States citizens,” Risch said in announcing the executive order in Coeur d’Alene. “Jobs available in America and Idaho should be preserved for those who are legal.”

Risch is also a member of Team Romney.


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Heh. Maybe the AP is true for a change?

And if so, speculation on a possible replacement?

Vanceone on August 31, 2007 at 6:42 PM

Me thinks that this isn’t the 1st time this guy has done something like this and that his confrères know it.

bnelson44 on August 31, 2007 at 6:45 PM

If nothing else, he should resign just because he is stupid. As John Wayne said, “Life is tough, but it is tougher when you are stupid!”

DAT60A3 on August 31, 2007 at 6:47 PM

Good. About time the Republican leadership shows a willingness to clean house. It’s just unfortunate that it takes a gay sex scandal and arrest to do it- for starters there’s a couple Alaskan pols that could use some purging too.

Hollowpoint on August 31, 2007 at 6:50 PM

Adios!

amerpundit on August 31, 2007 at 6:52 PM

Poor fella.

Why is the hypocrasy charge leveled only against social conservatives who act contrary to what they preach?

When am I gonna see people crying about the hypocrasy of “Cold Cash” Jefferson in Louisiana? Isn’t he a democrat? Isn’t one of his party’s main contentions that the wealth of the country must be redistributed to advantage the poor?
How can someone who holds this viewpoint accept $90,000 in an illegal manner and literally hide it in a freezer without being a complete hypocrite?

And make no mistake, it is the hypocrasy that is forcing Craig out, nothing else.

VolMagic on August 31, 2007 at 6:55 PM

From the AP

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter appeared Friday to have already settled on a successor: Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, according to several Republicans familiar with internal deliberations.

William Amos on August 31, 2007 at 6:56 PM

“Is that you, Larry? What are you doing over there, smashing roaches? Never mind, I’ll use the women’s senate restroom.”

AZCON on August 31, 2007 at 7:03 PM

Whatever…

Nobody respects Congress. Wouldn’t have mattered if he stayed or left. There are truly vile creatures in that place who would destroy America if they could. Craig is and was not that!

He’s not a pedophile. Get a grip!

JiangxiDad on August 31, 2007 at 7:06 PM

Great seems we are trading up. Maybe same thing for Warner in Va

William Amos on August 31, 2007 at 7:06 PM

By Bi Jiminy

Fixed it.

PatrickS on August 31, 2007 at 7:19 PM

As John Wayne said, “Life is tough, but it is tougher when you are stupid!”

DAT60A3 on August 31, 2007 at 6:47 PM

He’s more arrogant and creepy. Never liked him. He always came across as ‘too superior’ and annoying.

The annals of Sen. Craig’s history will always begin from a toilet.

Entelechy on August 31, 2007 at 7:30 PM

That was admirably efficient. I really expected he would serve out his term and not seek re-election.

Good for the GOP.

see-dubya on August 31, 2007 at 7:48 PM

And make no mistake, it is the hypocrasy that is forcing Craig out, nothing else.

VolMagic on August 31, 2007 at 6:55 PM

True, if he were a Democrat all would be forgiven. But we don’t need him, because unlike them we have (or should have) standards and clean house.

It should be noted that even if every excuse Craig offered was 100% true, there is just no way to salvage your career after explaining to law enforcement, the media or any other person that you have “a wide stance.” It’s just over at that point.

Nosferightu on August 31, 2007 at 8:01 PM

GOOD! What a creepy guy.

I feel sorry for his innocent family. He has done them a disservice not to mention his constituents. We are in war time and we really can’t have people like this in charge of influencing law to do such things like this that may be blackmailed to him. When we catch people that do things like this, they need to step down for the good of the people.

Highrise on August 31, 2007 at 8:06 PM

Yaaaaaay!!! I didn’t know too much about Sen. Craid prior to this little incident, but let’s hope the Lt. Gov. does as good a job as the link AP gave us suggests he will.

During the time of the immigration debate most of us were saying the GOP needed to clean house, but I doubt many of us really expected it to happen. Now, amazingly, it looks like it might. Too bad it’s going to mean a gain in seats for the dems also.

BadgerHawk on August 31, 2007 at 8:34 PM

‘Bout time.

inviolet on August 31, 2007 at 8:49 PM

Satisfied.

Can we read Howard Hsu’s police report now?

RushBaby on August 31, 2007 at 10:10 PM

The next time someone says there is no difference between the Republicans and the Democrats we should remember this. When Republicans are disgraced they step down and Democrats never do.

Now I hope the man can put his life back together, but he has no business serving in the Senate.

Maxx on August 31, 2007 at 10:34 PM

I sure wish My Boy Lollipop was next..but he’s a Dem. Damn their eyes.

tickleddragon on August 31, 2007 at 11:23 PM

Well, that puts the lid down on this issue.

Anyone got a tappy-face symbol?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 31, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Buuurrrrrnnn him!

SouthernDem on August 31, 2007 at 11:46 PM

Had to be done. Don’t feel good about it, but it had to be done.

Splunge on September 1, 2007 at 12:02 AM

Proposed bumper sticker:

LARRY CRAIG: THRONE FOR A LOSS.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 1, 2007 at 12:19 AM

It’s really tragic that he lived his life as a lie (or as a moron if he’s telling the truth). 23 years in a hugely powerful office and he’ll only be remembered as a turd burglar.

pedestrian on September 1, 2007 at 12:56 AM

“You’ve disgraced yourself, this high school, and the entier Gem State.”
–paraphrasing the principal of Preston High School (Idaho) in Napoleon Dynamite.

Kimmer on September 1, 2007 at 1:13 AM

Ted Kennedy drove a woman into a lake and left her to die. He got to stay. Jerry Studds had sex with a teenage male page. He got to stay. Bill Clinton had sex with an intern in the Oval Office. He got to stay. Bill Jefferson had $90,000 in bribe money in his freezer. He got to stay. Larry Craig touches a guy’s foot. He is forced to quit. There’s something wrong with that picture.

SoulGlo on September 1, 2007 at 3:19 AM

Ted Kennedy drove a woman into a lake and left her to die. He got to stay. Jerry Studds had sex with a teenage male page. He got to stay. Bill Clinton had sex with an intern in the Oval Office. He got to stay. Bill Jefferson had $90,000 in bribe money in his freezer. He got to stay. Larry Craig touches a guy’s foot. He is forced to quit. There’s something wrong with that picture.

SoulGlo on September 1, 2007 at 3:19 AM

correct

But this guy needs to go. Perv he is. The others need to go too. It’s time We the People demand that these freaks atleast be able to pass what mid level security clearance Engineers can pass. If my father had this in his past? He’d never had been allowed to do the things he did with Boeing and Nasa.

Bunch of crap.

WE need people to represent us in gov’t that won’t do things that can put them at odds to blackmail.

This guy is sick…and those like him also should be booted out.

Highrise on September 1, 2007 at 4:04 AM

Good.

Now he can go smoke in the boys room all he wants.

SilverStar830 on September 1, 2007 at 4:47 AM

Your Risch is my command…

Captain Scarlet on September 1, 2007 at 5:31 AM

This is a good ending to an ugly story.

Now hopefully Craig will use this opportunity to fade out of the spotlight and get some help with that wide stance… for the sake of his family.

12thman on September 1, 2007 at 7:59 AM

How do we get back to this?

MT on September 1, 2007 at 8:39 AM

I dont get it. Gay marriage is ok and blah bah blah, but this dude admits to sparking a gay connection and we’re all flipping out. So, do we acccept gay-ism or dont we? Christ sake people. If this Senator had propsed marriage under the stall I guess it would be ok? Then what? Gay pepople dont have sex? This makes no sense. I still dont care for he whole gay agenda either, but whats the deal here? oh he was married already? ok. We’ll thats between him and is wife to sort out.

I can only suspect the Dems have some of these skeletons about to emerge. WHy else would we endorse tossing this guy out for this?

johnnyU on September 1, 2007 at 8:57 AM

The only problem I have with this is the enthusiasm with which the GOP overall is going after him. I don’t recall this level of cacaphony with William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana. Our party won’t attack the dems about anything…where’s the hue and cry about Hillary’s fundraising? She’s selling us out to China and she hasn’t even been elected yet. Nothing. No, we’re too busy chasing the toilet sex queen around with torches and pitchforks. The dems could put Charles Manson in the senate and the silence from our party would be deafening. Pathetic.

austinnelly on September 1, 2007 at 9:05 AM

Hey, it’s not like he left a girl behind in a sunken car to drown.

Wander on September 1, 2007 at 9:08 AM

Go to the bathroom with a song on your mind, sit down and tap to the beat. Maybe knock off some cobwebs hanging from the divider and bam –

1) Out a job.
2) See your face plastered on every news median
3) Become the butt (pardon the pun) of everyones jokes

However; Take a bribe, keep the money in cold storage and all is well and forgiven.

This is why America is losing its faith in our government. Is there any politician out there that actually puts America first?

SPIFF1669 on September 1, 2007 at 9:25 AM

Now Craig can move to Massachusetts and run for Senator there.

He’s qualified.

drjohn on September 1, 2007 at 9:26 AM

Proven to be guilty without the benefit of a real trial. How proud us Americans should be .. NOT! Talk about shades of Haditha…

The republican party deserves to lose elections if its members can be made nervous over nonsensical homophobic crap like this.

BTW, thanks for finally getting us a preview button.

DannoJyd on September 1, 2007 at 10:03 AM

The annals of Sen. Craig’s history will always begin from a toilet.

Entelechy on August 31, 2007 at 7:30 PM

I won’t touch that too obvious pun.

Texas Nick 77 on September 1, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Craig is just a closet Dhemocrat. He should run in California as a Dhem for a senate seat. He’d win in a second ’cause he’s just what they’re looking for.

Mojave Mark on September 1, 2007 at 10:09 AM

How do we get back to this?

MT on September 1, 2007 at 8:39 AM

I was on a Republican committee back in 1994, and there was all this discussion about term limits. I voiced an opinion that if the Republican’s won the House in Congress (which they did) that movement towards term limits would die, and it did. I was criticized for being too cynical. LOL

Dasher on September 1, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Craig’s Senate career stalled
or
Craig see writing on the stall
or
GOP trades up as Craig’s stance all wrong

OK, I’ll quit now

Ordinary1 on September 1, 2007 at 11:14 AM

I think there’s a good chance he’s guilty.

Have you noticed how hard he has been fighting in public actually for the length of his career but then he pleads guilty to make it go away?

Doesn’t fit his profile, if he’s willing to fight everyplace else why wasn’t he willing to fight for his innocence?
He’s been willing to put his fight for innocence out in the open before why hide this time?

“you solicited me” That’s not a defense, that’s an admission he knew the game to begin with.

Maybe it’s all a misunderstanding, if it is, it’s sure out of context.

Speakup on September 1, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Kudos to the RNC for kicking this creep to the curb in a timely manner.

infidel4life on September 1, 2007 at 12:57 PM

To be honest, I never heard of him and don’t know anything about him. Don’t know if he was soliciting or not. Common sense says to me that you should be doing a lot more than tapping your foot or someone seeing your hand from a bathroom stall to be arrested. But, that’s just me. All I am certain about is don’t admit to anything just to make it “go away”.

moonsbreath on September 1, 2007 at 1:01 PM

Some wizard told Craig to tap his heels three times and he’d be back in Idaho.

pedestrian on September 1, 2007 at 1:32 PM

Some wizard told Craig to tap his heels three times and he’d be back in Idaho.

pedestrian on September 1, 2007 at 1:32 PM

The scandal tornado did pick him up and send him back and without Toto.

Speakup on September 1, 2007 at 3:19 PM