Breaking News: Senator Larry Craig Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct after Investigation of Sexual ActivityAugust 27th, 2007 by Halli
The tide may now be turning against the Senator, however.
Boise’s Fox 12 website reports that the charge of disorderly conduct resulted from a June 11 lewd conduct investigation of the Senator. While using a restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, Senator Craig allegedly engaged in actions involving a plain-clothes police officer which indicated he “wish[ed} to engage in lewd contact.”
The Washington Post reports:
While he was being interviewed about the incident, Craig gave police a business card showing that he is a U.S. senator. “What do you think about that?” Craig asked the officer, according to the report obtained by Roll Call.
Craig actually pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge and paid $575 in fines, while a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. The Senator is on one-year, unsupervised probation.
Craig apparently had second thoughts about his plea. In a statement posted on his website he said:
“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. 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.”
A guilty plea for “misconstrued actions”? Failure to secure the services of an attorney? A year of probation for Idaho’s senior legislator? What did he think he was handing the officer? A “get-out-of-jail free” card?
The consequences will now be anything but quick and expeditious.
And it has already begun: The Boston Globe reports that Craig has already stepped down as Senate Co-Chair of the Romney presidential campaign. Shortly after the arrest report went public, the Romney campaign also changed to “private” the status of a YouTube video of Craig praising Romney.
Because of Craig’s guilty plea, the Senate ethics committee may review the incident, though committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer would not comment last night.
This incident should shake the Idaho Republican party to its foundation. Craig has been nothing if not the paragon of decorum during his years in office, rising to leadership in powerful senate committees and commanding decisive victories over all challengers. All that was apparently thrown in the trash bin during a moment of impropriety.
If your name is Rex Rammell, Jim Risch, or Larry LaRocco, you are privately celebrating tonight.
If your name is Larry Craig, home in Idaho on the August recess, you are kicking yourself around the house and wondering where you stashed the toupee, fake mustache and dark glasses.
And the decision about an additional term may just have been made for you.
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