Craig Will Leave Senate After All: Aide

Disgraced Republican will focus on repairing image in courts, Senate
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2007 5:11 PM CDT
Boise, Idaho residents Cassandra White, left, and her mother Kristy White, hold up signs at a news conference where Idaho Sen. Larry Craig announced his plans to resign from the Senate on Saturday morning,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Larry Craig has reversed course and will resign his Senate seat, his spokesman told the AP today. “The most likely scenario, by far, is that by October there will be a new senator from Idaho,” the spokesman said, after reports surfaced that the conservative Republican was reconsidering plans to resign. Craig met yesterday with Idaho’s governor, who will appoint his successor.

Craig, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in an airport sex sting operation, would consider returning if courts overturn the plea and GOP senators return his committee leadership positions—scenarios the spokesman said are unlikely. Gov. Butch Otter says he has three Republicans in mind, including US Rep. Mike Simpson, to take the seat vacated by Craig.