Larry Craig Pressured to Resign by Republican Lawmakers

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Senate Republicans John McCain and Norm Coleman both called for Larry Craig’s resignation on Wednesday.

Criagresignation_2Said 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.”


  1. Ryan says

    I’m not entirely certain, but it looks like you’ve mislabeled a photo of Larry Craig as one of Pete Hoekstra.

  2. nic says

    norm coleman’s father was arrested for having (public) sex in a car with a 38 y.o. woman last summer.

  3. Paul says

    Somehow I must have missed the outcry for Senator’s Vitter resignation. Though he has not been charged, he did admit his “sin” before the court of public opinion and was welcome back with enthusiasm by his fellow Senators. The layers of hypocrisy is astounding. Judging your peers based upon their moral failures should be an equal opportunity judgment. The Republicans are running fearfully from the “gay” angle while ignoring Vitter’s heterosexual “sin” [crime].

  4. Dominic P. Lucarelli says

    If I was Craig I would say that I wouldn’t resign until David Vitter – who also commited an illegal act – also resigns. The only reason the GOP turned on Craig is because Idaho has a Repug governor who will appoint a Repug senator, while Louisiana would appoint a Dem to succeed SuperDiaperMan. More hypocrisy about values!!!!!

  5. says

    Said Coleman: “Senator Craig pled guilty to a crime involving conduct unbecoming a senator.”

    So does that mean that some crimes are appropriate for senators?