Craig plans appeal

Sen. Larry Craig says he will file an appeal Monday over a judge’s refusal to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting.

In an interview Sunday with KTVB-TV, Craig repeated he will not resign his post in the Senate and said he will continue to work his legal options.

“It is my right to do what I’m doing,” said Craig, an Idaho Republican. “I’ve already provided for Idaho certainty that Idaho needed — I’m not running for re-election. I’m no longer in the way. I am pursuing my constitutional rights.”

In another interview, Craig’s wife, Suzanne, said the senator didn’t tell her about the arrest until the story was about to break in the media. “I felt like the floor was falling out from under me. … And I felt like almost like I was going down a drain for a few moments,” she told NBC’s Matt Lauer.

Sen. Craig told Lauer it was a “tough call” not to tell anyone about the incident. “I didn’t want to embarrass my wife, my kids, Idaho and my friends,” Craig said. “And I wrestled with it a long while. … I should have told my wife. I should have told my kids. And most importantly, I should have told counsel.”

The senator also discussed his relationship with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Craig was Senate liaison for Romney’s campaign, a post he abandoned when the scandal came to light.

“I was very proud of my association with Mitt Romney,” Craig told Lauer. “… And he not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again.”

Lauer’s interview with the Craigs will be broadcast Tuesday night on “Matt Lauer Reports” and Wednesday morning on “Today.”

Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in August after he was accused of soliciting sex in a bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in June.

After the matter became public, Craig tried to withdraw his plea. But a judge in Minnesota refused, saying Craig’s plea “was accurate, voluntary and intelligent, and … supported by the evidence.”

4 Responses to "Craig plans appeal"

  1. Steve Horn  October 15, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Misdemeanor or Felony?

    I think they should let Craig take back is guilty plea to a misdemeanor.

    Once that’s done they should charge him with making a false statement before a court and contempt of that court.

    I believe that this would constitute a class D felony.

    I’d much rather see Craig in jail on a felony charge than a misdemeanor ….

    Peace

    Steve

  2. SEAL  October 15, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Actually, Craig has a perfect case for appeal. The charge, as written, does not constitute a crime. A first year law student could win it. Soliciting sex is not a crime. If it were, every guy who took a girl on a date could be locked up.

    The court is making the mistake of considering what Craig did a crime because it was homosexual. But that is not true [Lawrence v Texas] – Sex acts between partners of the same sex is not a crime.

    In the first place Craig never verbalized a request for sex. But even if he had it would not be a crime. It’s only a crime if he asked for or offerred money [prostitution] or asked for the sex act to be performed in that bathroom [a public place] which would, then, make it disorderly conduct and, probably, lewd and lacivious behavior.

    The judge is wrong and the case will be overturned if Craig’s lawyer is any good. No crime was committed.

  3. Janet  October 15, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Larry, just go away. You’re embarrassing yourself and your party.

  4. Helen Rainier  October 15, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Hmmm — would it be inappropriate to say:

    “He sure has a lot of balls”?

    /sorry — just couldn’t resist it!

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