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Old August 28th, 2007, 09:41 AM   #1
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(CNN) -- Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, has stepped down from his role in Mitt Romney's presidential campaign after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.


Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho was arrested in June at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Craig was named in February as a liaison to build support among GOP senators for the former Massachusetts governor's 2008 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

On Monday night, Romney's office announced Craig was leaving the campaign.

"He didn't want to be a distraction, and we accept his decision," the Romney campaign said in a statement. Access to a YouTube video in which Craig praised Romney also was blocked.

Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah remains as a Romney liaison in the Senate.

Roll Call newspaper reported Monday that Craig was apprehended June 11 by a plainclothes police officer investigating complaints of lewd behavior in an airport men's room. Roll Call reports on Congress. Watch as a reporter discusses how news of the arrest broke

Craig denied any inappropriate conduct in a prepared statement and said he now regrets his guilty plea.

"At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct," 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."

Congress is in recess, and Craig's office said he was on vacation in Idaho with his family, with no public appearances scheduled.

Craig, 62, paid a $500 fine when he entered his guilty plea on August 8 in Hennepin County Municipal Court in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to state criminal records.

CNN confirmed that Craig was sentenced to 10 days in jail but that sentence was suspended.

Minnesota law defines disorderly conduct as brawling, disturbing a meeting or engaging in "offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous or noisy conduct."

According to Roll Call, the arresting officer alleged that Craig lingered outside a restroom stall where the officer was sitting, then entered the stall next door and blocked the door with his luggage.

According to the arrest report cited by Roll Call, Craig tapped his right foot, which the officer said he recognized "as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct."

The report alleges Craig then touched the officer's foot with his foot and the senator "proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times," according to Roll Call.

At that point, the officer said he put his police identification down by the floor so Craig could see it and informed the senator that he was under arrest, before any sexual contact took place.


Idaho's senior senator is married with three grown children and nine grandchildren. A former rancher, Craig was first elected to the Senate in 1990 after serving a decade in the House of Representatives. His seat is up for re-election in 2008.

Last fall, Craig's office publicly denied assertions by Internet blogger Mike Rogers that the senator is gay. Craig's office dismissed speculation about the senator's sexuality as "completely ridiculous."

In 1982, Craig denied rumors that he was under investigation as part of a federal probe into allegations that lawmakers on Capitol Hill had sexual relationships with congressional pages, saying the "false allegations" made him "mad as hell."

He was never implicated in that investigation, which led to ethics charges against two other congressmen.

In recent years, Craig's voting record has earned him top ratings from social conservative groups such as the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council.

He has supported a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, telling his colleagues that it was "important for us to stand up now and protect traditional marriage, which is under attack by a few unelected judges and litigious activists."


In 1996, Craig also voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages and prevents states from being forced to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples legally performed in other states.

Craig also has opposed expanding the federal hate crimes law to cover offenses motivated by anti-gay bias and, in 1996, voted against a bill that would have outlawed employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, which failed by a single vote in the Senate
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Old August 28th, 2007, 10:48 AM   #2
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Old August 28th, 2007, 01:22 PM   #3
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good ol' republican moral values...it makes me laugh every time these guys get arrested for stuff like this.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 05:40 PM   #4
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You'd think he would look in better places than a damn bathroom. Fag.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 12:34 AM   #5
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dude, he just said on the news that he's not gay...hello!
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Old August 31st, 2007, 02:48 PM   #6
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Who cares if a couple want to meet in the bathroom and pound each other. Dont the police have anything better to do? Lets not forget about what they did to Pee Wee herman. Mean while some kid is being shot for his lunch money.

Let the gays do what they want as long as they leave me alone.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:36 PM   #7
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dude, he just said on the news that he's not gay...hello!
Well then, I guess it's settled.

I couldn't care less if the guy was a or a . The whole thing is sleazy and a sad reminder that our country cares more about junk like this then any real government reform.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:44 PM   #8
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good ol' republican moral values...it makes me laugh every time these guys get arrested for stuff like this.
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman; Ms Lewinski..."

Jeez, having sex outside of a marriage (allegedly) then lying about it... what will those think of next...

Gay or not, don't try to paste that as a Republican only thing. You just make yourself look like an ass.
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After listening to the arrest interview I don't believe he solicited the officer.

At one point the officer even losses his cool and yells at him stating he's lieing like someone from the hood. I really believe if the officer had a solid case he wouldn't loose his cool

The Senator also was cool, calm and collected with his events.

Just my 2 cents.....
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So tapping your foot and whatever else they said means you want to have sex.. What if he just wanted some toilet paper? I am not saying he is innocent but the evidence against him isnt convincing without a reasonable doubt.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 07:10 PM   #11
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So tapping your foot and whatever else they said means you want to have sex.. What if he just wanted some toilet paper? I am not saying he is innocent but the evidence against him isnt convincing without a reasonable doubt.
i listened to the police interrogation of him on btls today.
yup hes guilty.

things like this only reinforce my belief that anyone who is against gays having the same constitutional rights as any other citizen born here is a closet case
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Old August 31st, 2007, 07:16 PM   #12
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So tapping your foot and whatever else they said means you want to have sex.. What if he just wanted some toilet paper?
we were talking about this at work the other day before all the new news happened. What if he was sitting there and frustrated? Tapping his foot like "Come on now, I don't have the time to be sitting here trying to take a dump."
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 09:53 PM   #13
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"I did not have sexual relations with that woman; Ms Lewinski..."

Jeez, having sex outside of a marriage (allegedly) then lying about it... what will those think of next...

Gay or not, don't try to paste that as a Republican only thing. You just make yourself look like an ass.
well i'm not saying that don't have extra-marital affairs, but they also don't stand on the podium talking about themselves being super family values oriented, not to mention against gay rights when they themselves are gay.
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Old September 5th, 2007, 11:43 PM   #14
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I think what pissing me off most about this guy is all this "I'm not guilty/I'm guilty/I'm not guilty/I'm not resigning/I'm resigning/ I might not resign" crap. Talk about a "flipflopper". How about you go figure it out and get back to us later...
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How about you go figure it out and get back to us later...
I think he realized how stupid it was to plead guilty and now wants to rescind that plea and possibly keep his job in the process.
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I think he realized how stupid it was to plead guilty and now wants to rescind that plea and possibly keep his job in the process.
obviously. One bad decision after another. If he were my senator I would want him to resign for that reason alone.
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I hope he stays in office ;)
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Who cares if a couple want to meet in the bathroom and pound each other. Dont the police have anything better to do? Lets not forget about what they did to Pee Wee herman. Mean while some kid is being shot for his lunch money.

Let the gays do what they want as long as they leave me alone.
This is disgusting, and selfish......

This seems to be the standard in thinking today "it's ok as long as it is not happening to me"


This like this should not be happening to anyone, anywhere. Call me old fashioned but if I ever see shit like this happening, someone is getting beat the fukc down or stabbed. Let them go tell their faggot friends that they lost their teeth in grand rapids while sucking dick.
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This is disgusting, and selfish......

This seems to be the standard in thinking today "it's ok as long as it is not happening to me"


This like this should not be happening to anyone, anywhere. Call me old fashioned but if I ever see shit like this happening, someone is getting beat the fukc down or stabbed. Let them go tell their faggot friends that they lost their teeth in grand rapids while sucking dick.
ok, do you understand what happened? This wasn't "happening to someone". The only problem with this, is that he did something illegal, by soliciting a prostitute. Had it been plain old consensual sex that didn't include a fake prostitute, it would have been fine, except for the mass hypocrisy of an consistant anti-gay legislation politician being gay.

It sounds like you're pro hate crimes...nice. I'm sure your Klan leader is proud as well. It's very nice that you have your own beliefs, but those don't happen to work for everyone.

p.s. you're an idiot.
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