October 11, 2007

Senator Craig Ruling

Marcia Franklin looks at the ramifications of Senator Larry Craig's decision to stay in office, despite a judge's ruling that the Senator cannot withdraw a guilty plea for disorderly conduct in a men's restroom. Guests include Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman, Betsy Russell of the Spokesman Review, and John Miller of the Associated Press.

On August 1, Senator Craig mailed in a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in a men's restroom in the Minneapolis airport, after an undercover cop arrested him for soliciting sex on June 11. On September 1, after the charge became public, Senator Craig announced his "intent" to resign effective September 30th. However, he decided to fight the charges, and even with the judge's ruling, says he will stay in the Senate to try and clear his name with the ethics committee there and continue to work for the citizens of Idaho. He has announced his intention to resign at the end of his term in January 2009.

Franklin and her guests talk about the potential ramifications of an ethics committee investigation for Senator Craig, whether he can still be effective as a legislator, and the effect the situation is having on Idaho politics.