Larry Craig Revisited

Here’s the situation. A United States Senator gets arrested for soliciting sex in a public airport. He pleads guilty with the hope of avoiding publicity. He also flashed his Senate business card to the police officers, hoping to gain special treatment. The story becomes public and the Senator pledges to resign. Later, he reneges on that pledge. He then tries to revoke his guilty plea and uses upwards of $200,000 dollars of his campaign funds to pay legal fees.

This is the story of Larry Craig, seen above describing his wide stance, a Senator from Idaho. One would expect the punishment from the Senate chambers to be swift and strict. Instead, about 8 months after the incident, Craig received, from the Senate Ethics Committee, only a “letter of admonition.” They did not even recommend censure hearings from the entire Senate.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I feel this “punishment” is a little easy going. Spending campaign contributions on legal fees? Trying to gain special treatment from police by showing your Senate business card? Propositioning an undercover police officer for sex in a public place and then pleading guilty to the offense? I think that calls for something more than a “strongly worded letter.” I would support expulsion from the Senate, but if that seems to drastic, at least a censure.

Senate panel to Sen. Craig: You discredited the chamber — [CNN]


2 Responses

  1. Not to mention that he was more worried about being perceived as gay than as a lawbreaker. This man tried to solicit sex in an airport bathroom and he’s only worried that people will think he’s gay! Still, despite the fact that he was trying to solicit sex from a man, he has continually voted against civil rights for homosexuals. This guy is scum, and he’s one our nation’s senators.

  2. Some girl wrote an editorial in our school paper that was pretty much the Larry Craig version of the “Leave Britney Alone” video. It was pretty awful. I just slapped my head and moved on.

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