We thought we had heard the last of Senator Larry Craig (R-IMNOTGAY), but not so fast, kids. Like a bad case of eczema, he keeps coming back.
From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 — Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho opened the door Tuesday to returning to the Senate, creating another twist in his unfolding political drama and raising the possibility of an ugly showdown with national Republican leaders.
Mr. Craig has been encouraged by Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee who is a former prosecutor, to contest the charges.
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Of course, this begs the question: Why would Arlen Spector (R-PAin in the ass) get in the middle of a fight between a guy busted in a men’s room for soliciting sex and the Rethuglican leadership of the house (lookin’ at you, Mitch McConnell (R-KY)—hey!! KY? Like in KY Jelly? That’s suspicious. I say they investigate him! Then again, have you seen him? Nobody wants to screw that?)? I mean, Arlen Specter? It was a bathroom! Now, if Craig had pled guilty to spitting on the sidewalk, then that would makes sense, because my nickname for Arlen is Senator Ex-Specter-ate. But anything related to bathrooms should be handled by Mike Crapo (R-IDiot).
“Arlen Specter is now willing to come out in my defense, arguing that it appears by all that he knows that I’ve been railroaded, all of that,” the senator [Craig] said. “Having all of that, we’ve reshaped my statement a little bit to say it is my intent to resign on Sept. 30.”
Jon Hanian, a spokesman for Gov. C. L. Otter of Idaho, said Tuesday night that the governor learned that Mr. Craig was wavering on his resignation after a inquiry by a reporter about the possibility earlier in the day.
Mr. Hanian also said the possibility that the senator would reconsider his resignation “has been buzzing around the delegation.”
(Note: Did’ya know that the governor of Idaho goes by the name Butch Otter? Oh, the irony! 😆 You just can’t make this shit up!!)
Oh, so he staying, right?
In Washington on Tuesday, Senate Republicans had sought to portray the matter as concluded in the wake of Mr. Craig’s announcement on Saturday.
“I think the episode is over,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, told reporters. “We’ll have a new senator from Idaho at some point in the next month or so and we’re going to move on.”
Update from the Baltimore Sun:
Today, McConnell acknowledged what the world had recently come to learn. Craig has hired a high-powered legal team to try to get the case against him thrown out. And he’s not going to leave the Senate easily.
“So let me relate to you his comment. He said that he is going to try to get the case in Minneapolis dismissed; that if he is unable to have that disposed of prior to September 30th, it is his intention to resign from the Senate as he expressed last Saturday,’’ he [McConnell] said.
On the other hand, if Craig can get his case reversed, he plans to return to the Senate to face the Ethics Committee. It was McConnell and the Republican leadership who referred the Craig matter to the Senate Ethics Committee in the first place, pressuring him to resign from the Senate.
So, to recap. He pled guilty to something he says he really didn’t do. He resigned, but not really. He is staying, but he is leaving, but, then again, maybe not.
Rethuglicans. The party of Deciderers.