Senate Scolds Craig Over Bathroom Sting

Ethics panel says he 'discredited' the chamber with scandal
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 9:14 PM CST
U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho is shown in this September file photo. The Senate Ethics Committee said Craig acted improperly in a men's room sex sting. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley, FILE)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Senate Ethics Committee had stern words for embattled Idaho Sen. Larry Craig today, issuing a "letter of admonition" that rebukes him for his arrest in a Minneapolis airport sex sting last June. The letter accuses Craig of committing actions that reflected "discreditably on the Senate," CNN reports. It chides Craig for seeking "special and favorable treatment" upon his arrest by pushing his Senate credentials.

The committee was especially miffed by Craig's use of $213,000 in campaign funds to cover legal and public relations fees after the scandal, which erupted after an undercover male officer accused him of soliciting sex. The panel took no further action. Craig said he "strongly" disagreed with the letter's conclusions. "I will continue to serve the people of Idaho," he added.