Craig May Resign Today

Senator’s resignation said to pre-empt RNC request
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2007 9:02 AM CDT
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig reads a statement to the media Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, in downtown Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Troy Maben)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Larry Craig will resign his Senate seat as soon as today, in an effort to pre-empt an official GOP call for him to step down, party sources tell CNN. Following the Idaho conservative’s guilty plea in a bathroom-stall sex sting, the Republican National Committee was preparing to call for his exit, CNN reports, but will hold off pending his decision to fall on his own sword.

A third Republican senator implied yesterday that Craig would be wise to resign; the Idaho Statesman ran a scathing editorial, saying the state cannot condone an official who  commits a "lie by ommission,"  and cannot abide a senator who "provides fodder for bloggers and late-night talk show hosts." Polls show only one-third of Craig's constituents think he should stay on. (Read more Larry Craig stories.)