Sen. Larry Craig to Resign September 30th

The Idaho Statesman reports that Sen. Larry Craig will make an announcement about his future Saturday.

Idaho's Governor has already decided on his successor:

Gov. Butch Otter already appears to have settled on a successor: Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, according to several Republicans familiar with internal deliberations.

Update: CNN reports he will resign, effective September 30th.

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    Accidentally deleted a comment to this post (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 05:47:18 PM EST
    sorry, feel free to repost.

    More good news (none / 0) (#7)
    by jondee on Sat Sep 01, 2007 at 10:55:36 AM EST
    is that in D.C the Republican Congressional mens room now has a door (with standard doggie passage for lobbyists) that locks from inside.

    The good new is that it is possible for them (none / 0) (#3)
    by JSN on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 07:52:50 PM EST
    to be embarrassed.

    not hardly JSN (none / 0) (#4)
    by cpinva on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:02:10 PM EST
    The good new is that it is possible for them to be embarrassed.

    if that were actually true, half the republicans in congress would have to resign, on general principles. the reality is, who cares if sen. craig resigns? it isn't as though he was doing great things for his constituents in idaho, unless you count championing homophobia as a "great thing".

    aside from that, who even knew who this guy was, until, nearly 3 months later, we find out he isn't just boring, but a boring hypocrite? other than his family, and the 30-40 residents of idaho, no one, that's who.

    he'll just be replaced with another faceless idahoan, that no one will care about either.

    WSWS: Media sensationalism and political hypocrisy (none / 0) (#5)
    by Andreas on Sat Sep 01, 2007 at 12:11:04 AM EST
    The WSWS writes:

    It is the political and media furor over Republican Senator Larry Craig of Idaho which should arouse outrage and disgust, not anything Craig may have done in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport three months ago.

    Once again, official Washington is focused with hysterical intensity on the private conduct of an individual politician, while the great public crimes being committed by the Bush administration and abetted by the Democratic-controlled Congress go unpunished. ...

    Contrary to the views of some advocates of identity politics, like the gay activist Rogers, the bringing down of a politician like Craig through such methods has nothing "progressive" about it.

    There is nothing politically positive in the destruction of an individual--even a reactionary senator--because of his evident sexual orientation. It in no way advances the interests of the working class. In the first place, reactionary politicians like Craig are a dime a dozen, and he will simply be replaced by another of similar ilk.

    More importantly, such lurid sex scandals do nothing to illuminate the real political and social issues confronting the broad mass of the people, or reveal the class issues that underlie the policies of militarism and social reaction that prevail throughout the entire political system. On the contrary, such media-fueled scandals appeal to the basest instincts and serve to obscure the social and political realities of American society. ...

    Monstrous crimes are taking place in official Washington, and they are being committed, not in public restrooms, but in the White House, Pentagon, State Department and CIA--and in the halls of Congress.

    The affair of US Senator Craig: Media sensationalism and political hypocrisy
    By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2007

    Andreas (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Sep 01, 2007 at 11:00:30 AM EST
    please don't reprint your articles in the comments. Quote a paragraph or two and let the link do the rest. Thanks.

    apparently, they missed the whole point... (none / 0) (#6)
    by cpinva on Sat Sep 01, 2007 at 10:21:57 AM EST
    There is nothing politically positive in the destruction of an individual--even a reactionary senator--because of his evident sexual orientation.

    the only reason sen. craig's "evident sexual orientation" even matters, is because of the hypocrisy it demonstrates. oddly enough, it was hardly a "media fueled scandal", since the media ignored it, for the most part, for nearly 3 months after the fact. it wasn't until roll call, itself hardly a periodical of mass consumption, reported sen. craig's arrest and plea, that anyone even bothered to report it elsewhere.

    his very public fall from grace does serve a valid purpose however, it reminds us that, as the wise man once said, "religion and patriotism are the last refuges of the scoundrel."

    Eagleton, Gary Hart, (none / 0) (#9)
    by jondee on Sat Sep 01, 2007 at 11:01:17 AM EST
    Dukakis's wife, Clinton, Mr Green Jeans from Capt Kangaroo..

    I believe the expression is "sauce for the gander".