Despite a Minnesota judge's ruling that he can't withdraw his guilty plea in the bathroom sex sting last spring, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig announced this afternoon that he would not, after all, resign his Senate seat. Craig said he had concluded, in the three weeks he's been back on the job since the story broke, that it's still "possible for me to work here effectively." He vowed to stay through the end of his term next year, the Washington Post reports.
In a statement sure to infuriate GOP leaders who had pushed him to resign, Craig cited his seniority, and the fact that a replacement wouldn't be able to get comparable committee assignments, as reasons for finishing his term. "In addition," he said in a statement, "I will continue my effort to clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee." He added that he will not seek re-election.