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Romney Criticizes Senator Larry Craig

August 28th, 2007 by Halli

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney hit Larry Craig hard during a CNBC taping (to be broadcast later) with Larry Kudlow, reports Johnathan Martin.

Senator Craig was charged with a misdemeanor for engaging in actions “often used by persons communicating a desire to engage in sexual conduct” in a men’s restroom in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport – behavior that Romney called “disgusting”. Craig later plead guilty to the charge, causing many supporters to doubt his protestations to the contrary in an official statement.

According to the CNBC FirstRead website, Romney observed:

“Once again, we’ve found people in Washington have not lived up to the level of respect and dignity that we would expect for somebody that gets elected to a position of high influence. Very disappointing. He’s no longer associated with my campaign, as you can imagine. … I’m sorry to see that he has fallen short.”

Craig was one of two senate co-chairs of Romney’s campaign, but to avoid “distraction” from the campaign, resigned his position.

Romney has moved quickly to disassociate himself from the tainted legislator by restricting access to a YouTube video in which Craig praises the former Massachusetts governor.

Romney continues in the interview:

“I think it reminds us of Mark Foley and Bill Clinton. I think it reminds us of the fact that people who are elected to public office continue to disappoint, and they somehow think that if they vote the right way on issues of significance or they can speak a good game, that we’ll just forgive and forget. And the truth of the matter is, the most important thing we expect from elected–an elected official is a level of dignity and character that we can point to for our kids and our grandkids, and say, `Hey, someday I hope you grow up and you’re someone like that person.’ And we’ve seen disappointment in the White House, we’ve seen it in the Senate, we’ve seen it in Congress. And frankly, it’s disgusting.”

Some regard Romney’s actions and comments as unforgiving and a rush to judgment. Perhaps we don’t know all the facts, they argue.

And certainly, Romney has been quick to sacrifice Craig in an effort to preserve his image as the family values candidate.

But can any reasonable person conclude Craig is innocent, in light of his guilty plea? Why would an innocent man admit guilt in a court of law?

We can only conclude that Craig is just what he said he is – guilty.

Romney has done the only thing he could: jettisoned dangerous and risky baggage.

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