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Senate Republicans John McCain and Norm Coleman both called for Larry Craig’s resignation on Wednesday.
Said McCain: [“The decision is Craig’s to make], but my opinion is that when you plead guilty to a crime, you shouldn’t serve. That’s not a moral stand. That’s not a holier-than-thou. It’s just a factual situation. I think he should resign.”
Said Coleman: “Senator Craig pled guilty to a crime involving conduct unbecoming a senator.”
GOP Rep. Pete Hoekstra was the first House member to call for Craig’s resignation, and echoed Coleman’s words, saying “[Craig’s] conduct throughout this matter has been inappropriate for a U.S. senator.”
GOP leaders in the Senate also released a statement after Craig stepped down from several committee posts: “Senator Larry Craig has agreed to comply with Leadership’s request that he temporarily step down as the top Republican on the Veteran Affairs Committee, Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, and Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. This is not a decision we take lightly but we believe this is in the best interest of the Senate until this situation is resolved by the Ethics Committee.”