Sen. Liar, er, ah, I mean Larry, Craig
This is starting to be surreal. A poster child for maintaining power for the sake of power. Is the Republican Party going to act? I mean, seriously folks, when one of the possible criteria for being expelled from the Senate is "bringing dishonor on the Senate", one would think soliciting a blow job in a public men's room would qualify. He now claims the police officer was lying, he has no choice actually, because the police officer states that Craig actually came banging on his stall door demanding sexual attention. Average smucks like myself are left to wonder why a random police officer carrying out a men's room sting would be motivated to lie. Is this man not utterly reprehensible, first lying about resigning his post, then lying about the circumstances of his arrest? What has happened to the Republican Party? Days of defending a dope addict talk show host who hates soldiers who don't tow Der Fuerher's Line, and now this, a man who is literally a lying cocksucker throwing a pile of shit in their collective, and very public faces. Maybe we really are re-living the fall of Rome.
Sen. Craig vows to remain in office for term
Judge earlier rejected senator's bid to withdraw guilty plea in sex sting
Oct. 4: A Minnesota judge denies Idaho Sen. Larry Craigâ€™s bid to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting. NBC's Pete Williams has the details.
MINNEAPOLIS - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig defiantly vowed to serve out his term in office on Thursday despite losing a court attempt to rescind his guilty plea in a menâ€™s room sex sting.
â€śI have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively,â€ť Craig said in a written statement certain to disappoint fellow Republicans who have long urged him to step down.
Earlier Thursday, a Minnesota judge rejected Craigâ€™s bid to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting, a major setback in Craigâ€™s effort to clear his name.
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â€śBecause the defendantâ€™s plea was accurate, voluntary and intelligent, and because the conviction is supported by the evidence ... the Defendantâ€™s motion to withdraw his guilty plea is denied,â€ť Hennepin County Judge Charles Porter wrote.
Craig can appeal Porterâ€™s ruling, but it wasnâ€™t immediately clear if he would.
When the charges first surfaced, Craig said he would resign by Sept. 30. But then he decided to attempt to reopen his legal case, and said he would stay at least until he found out whether he could withdraw his plea.
Craig has maintained his innocence and said that his actions in the airport bathroom were misconstrued by the police officer who arrested him.
Craig was arrested June 11 by an airport police officer in a bathroom sex sting. The officer said Craig had looked into his bathroom stall, and tapped his foot and moved his hand under the divider in a way that suggested he was looking for a sexual partner.
Judge: Craig's misgivings not police's fault
Craig denied that in an interview with the officer after his arrest. But he pleaded guilty on Aug. 8. He later said he â€śpanickedâ€ť in entering his plea, believing that it would keep the matter quiet. The Idaho Statesman had been holding back an article on rumors about his sexuality, and Craig said in court papers that he feared the arrest would trigger the story.
Porter said that was not a good reason to withdraw the plea. Any pressure Craig was under â€śwas entirely perceived by the defendant and was not a result of any action by the police, the prosecutor, or the court,â€ť he said.
The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported Craigâ€™s arrest and guilty plea on Aug. 27. Fellow Republican senators soon called on Craig to resign, and conservative groups, which had given him near-perfect approval ratings, abandoned him quickly.
Craig had been elected to Congress from Idaho in 1980 and was in his third term in the Senate.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address