Craig reconsidering resignation decision


BOISE, Idaho – Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman said Tuesday evening.

It’s not such a foregone conclusion anymore, that the only thing he could do was resign,” Sidney Smith, Craig’s spokesman in Idaho’s capital, told The Associated Press.

“We’re still preparing as if Senator Craig will resign Sept. 30, but the outcome of the legal case in Minnesota and the ethics investigation will have an impact on whether we’re able to stay in the fight — and stay in the Senate,” Smith said.

Craig, a Republican who has represented Idaho in Congress for 27 years, announced Saturday that he intends to resign from the Senate on Sept. 30. But since then, he’s hired a prominent lawyer to investigate the possibility of reversing his plea, his spokesman said.

Carrie Budoff Brown at The Politico reports:

A spokesman for Craig said Tuesday night that if the senator can clear his name before Sept. 30, he may not step down.

“As he stated on Saturday, Senator Craig intends to resign on September 30” communications director Dan Whiting said in an email. “However, he is fighting these charges, and should he be cleared before then, he may, and I emphasize may, not resign.”

I think he’s done enough damage to himself already with pleading guilty. For him to flip flop on resigning just three days after he announced that he would makes it even worse, and makes him look desperate. The damage is done, and the best thing Craig can do right now is to exit as gracefully, well, as graceful as he can considering the circumstances.

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