GOP Colleagues Jump Sinking Craig Ship
McCain, Coleman join calls for cruising senator's resignation
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2007 7:54 PM CDT
In a 1997 file photo "The Singing Senators," left to right, Sen. Trent Lott   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Senators John McCain and Norm Coleman joined two Republican congressmen in urging GOP Sen. Larry Craig to resign today, the AP reports, after Craig was moved out of top committee posts by party leadership. The White House, too, said it was “disappointed" with the Idaho lawmaker after the revelations of his arrest by undercover police in an airport men's room.

McCain said a guilty plea required a quick exit. “That’s not a holier-than-thou. It’s just a factual situation,” he specified. The only figure rushing to defend Craig’s job was gay Democratic Rep. Barney Frank. His focus, though, was elsewhere: “This is the hypocrisy—it's to deny legal equality to gay people, but then to engage in gay behavior.”