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Senator Larry Craig Should Heed Liberal Professor

October 11th, 2007 by Halli

An opinion piece by Idaho State University Professor David Adler ran in the Sunday edition of the Idaho Falls newspaper with an excellent suggestion for disgraced and embattled Senator Craig.

Prof. Adler is considered left-leaning by most standards, but is extremely well-versed in the Constitution. To some, that may seem a contradiction in terms. But interestingly, Prof. Adler often agrees with libertarians and conservatives on such issues as opposing the Patriot Act.

But back to the Sunday paper. Professor Adler observes that the tenuous position Craig insists on retaining in the Senate is not helping Idaho. However, there is one thing Craig could do to assure the state does not lose out in the long run: strategize to place Idaho’s junior senator, Mike Crapo, into the seat he (Craig) is vacating on the Appropriations Committee.

Adler continues that even if he remains in his seat on that important committee, Craig is unlikely to have the good will of his fellow senators, which is so necessary for securing the money Idaho needs.

If he’s really trying to do what’s best for Idaho, Craig should offer to resign from the Senate and close the door on an uncomfortable scandal if and only if Crapo is allowed to take his place on the Appropriations Committee.

Adler points out that if this were done, GOP leadership in the Senate would be appeased, Idaho would be spared further embarrassment and an influential committee assignment would be secured for Senator Crapo.

Plus, as Professor Adler observes:

Craig’s request would represent a high act of personal sacrifice, but he would be remembered for placing the state’s interests ahead of his own. Crapo, moreover, would be viewed as soldier volunteering for duty on the front lines.

It’s a win-win proposal.

Contact both Senator Craig and Senator Crapo today and urge them to press forward with Professor Adler’s excellent proposal.

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