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Idaho Sen. Craig to announce plans Saturday, considering resigning after sex sting

Idaho Sen. Craig to announce plans Saturday, considering resigning after sex sting

A senior Republican senator from Idaho will announce his future plans Saturday after widespread calls from fellow Republicans to resign over a men's room sex sting, the lawmaker's spokesman said Friday.
Dan Whiting, spokesman for Sen. Larry Craig, said there would be an announcement Saturday but would not say whether Craig will step down. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter already appears to have settled on a successor: Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, according to several Republicans familiar with internal deliberations.
Craig has been out of public view since Tuesday, but Republican sources in Idaho said he spent Friday making calls to top party officials, including the governor, gauging their support.
There has been virtually none publicly.
Asked Friday at the White House if the senator should resign, President George W. Bush said nothing and walked off stage.
Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Aug. 1, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican Party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.
Republican officeholders and party leaders maintained a steady drumbeat of actions and words aimed at convincing Craig to vacate his Senate seat.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Craig's conduct "unforgivable" and acknowledged that many in the rank and file believe Craig should resign.


Updated : 2021-06-24 11:50 GMT+08:00