BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig will resign from the Senate amid a furor over his arrest and guilty plea in a police sex sting in an airport men’s room, Republican officials said Friday.
Craig will announce at a news conference in Boise this morning that he will resign effective Sept. 30, GOP officials in Idaho and Washington told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity.
|Sen. Larry Craig
Word of the resignation came four days after the disclosure that Craig had pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge arising out of his June 11 arrest during a lewd-conduct investigation at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The three-term Republican senator had maintained that he did nothing wrong except for making the guilty plea without consulting a lawyer. But he found almost no support among Republicans in his home state or Washington. Although several Republicans familiar with internal deliberations said Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter favored Lt. Gov. Jim Risch as a replacement, both Otter aides and Risch said no decision had been made.
“I have not been promised the job of U.S. senator, nor has there even been a hint that the governor would appoint me to that position,” Risch told the AP. “At this point in time, that discussion is very premature.”
Mark Warbis, a spokesman for Otter, said the governor would not comment until he hears from Craig.