Senator Larry Craig's future called into question after lewd conduct
BOISE, Idaho - After his guilty plea for disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's room, Larry Craig may not run for fourth U.S. Senate term in 2008. This according to analysts. Already, Craig's Republican party lost its majority, and in June, Craig failed to win immigration reform. Jim Weatherby, professor emeritus at Boise State University, says "Adding (the guilty plea) to the mix complicates his decision at best, and might cause him to rethink his future in the U.S. Senate."
Craig, who is 62, was arrested June 11 by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis airport. On August 8th, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and got a year's probation and a fine. A spokesman says he doesn't know how the June incident is weighing on Craig's decision to run again. Craig says he did nothing inappropriate and now regrets his guilty plea. He says, "I complained to police they were misconstruing my actions." Still, others say he should have disclosed the charges earlier. Idaho Democratic Party spokesman Chuck Oxley says "The people of Idaho would have been better served if they'd heard this ... when it happened."