Senate Issues Letter of Admonition to Larry Craig

The Senate Ethics Committee released a ‘Public Letter of Admonition’ today to Idaho Senator Larry Craig with regard to Craig’s conduct following his arrest last June in a men’s room at the Minneapolis airport.

Larry_craig_mugshot2The letter scolds Craig for his statement to the arresting officer regarding his position in the Senate (Craig told asked the arresting officer, “What do you think about that?”) and also for his attempt to withdraw his guilty plea, about which it says this: “Your claims to the court, through counsel, to the effect that your guilty plea resulted from improper pressure or coercion, or that you did not, as a legal matter, know what you were doing when you pled guilty, do not appear credible.”

The letter, signed by committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ken Salazar (D-CO), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), also takes Craig to task for using campaign funds to pay his legal bills without prior approval from the committee.

Talking Points Memo has the letter.


  1. Richard says

    What a lot of crap. Once again, ineffective governance. A slap on the wrist, nothing more. And, the letter addresses him as “Honorable.” Let’s hope for dramatic change in the next election; we’re running on empty.

  2. Dave says

    oooohh, a LETTER! a year later…What is this? “I know what you did last summer”??
    I agree with Richard in that we have totally ineffective government.
    He should have handled the whole incident like a man.
    Instead, he handled it like a career politician…first by trying to use his position to influence the police and, when that failed, then by changing his plea with a claim of ignorance ((im)plausible denial?) for which in part, he is now being admonished (for being a dumb-ass).
    The ultimate insult is that people who support him and his campaign have footed the bill for this circus. For me, that is the real ethical breach here….not that he is a closet case cruising around, which is just kinda sad.
    Hey Larry, next time you need some cruising action, don’t pick such a high-profile place. And if you do get caught, shut the hell up and deal with it like a man – on your own dime…

  3. NowItMatters says

    In a word, disgusting. His colleagues are chumps, cowards and spineless. Just another reason NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton – who is part of this old boy network who protect their own. Yeah, maybe that’s a stretch, but I am so sickened by the status quo.

  4. crispy says

    Larry Craig did nothing wrong. So he deserves nothing more than a letter of admonition.

    Yes, he’s a spineless, scummy, closeted, douchebag. But that’s not a punishable offense.

    And the Hillary Clinton connection is laughable and downright ignorant.

  5. NowItMatters says


    He’s a US Senator who outright lied, and at the very least, fabricated a story to exonerate himself. That is shameful and disgusting. But why expect anything better from (most of) these self-serving politicians? If that’s doing nothing wrong, I suggest you re-examine your morals.

  6. crispy says

    @NOWITMATTERS: I realize that our freedoms in this country are being whittled away so much that even liberal people like yourself (presumably) have become comfortable with that. But last time I checked, we don’t punish people unless they’ve been convicted of something. At no point was Larry Craig convicted of lying or of perjury.

  7. davey says

    Larry Craig is innocent. He is not a liar, he did not fabricate anything. He was caught up in the middle of a bogus sting. I’ve said this before, his only mistake was being bullied into pleading guilty when he did nothing wrong…I hope the ACLU is still looking into how a lying cop has ruined this man’s entire political career.

  8. rudy says

    Davey, You are delusional. Craig was a well-known bathroom cruiser around Capital Hill. Moreover, he voted his self-loathing hypocrisy to our community’s detriment. It may have been a sting but Craig initiated the peering, toe tapping and stall fingering. That he entered the bathroom with the intent to solicit sex can be adduced from his actions. Craig then tried to use his influential position to get out of the situation that he created. He is a liar to himself, to his constituents, and to our community. I have little sympathy for self-loathing hypocrites who use their positions to inflict harm on my community.

  9. davey says

    A well-known bathroom cruiser? What does that mean? Did he take classes? Is he the president of the fan club? I don’t believe for a second that at the EXACT moment a sting was going on in this huge airport that Senator Craig was cruising that EXACT bathroom for sex. I certainly don’t believe that he was toe tapping or indicating that he was looking for sex in ANY way whatsoever. The so called “cop” is the only delusional one and he and HIS family should be the ones facing ridicule and disgrace.

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