Craig makes for political theater



By Gina Jameson


Senator Larry Craig’s decision to stay in the senate while he fights his sex-sting guilty plea has complicated the future of Idaho politics. Craig abandoned a self-imposed Sept. 30 resignation deadline and will wait until a judge rules in the case. Still, that puts Gov. ``Butch'' Otter in an awkward spot because he can't publicly name a potential replacement until Craig decides once and for all if he's going to quit. Jon Hanian, Otter's spokesman in Boise, says “until Otter receives a letter of resignation, we have no vacancy.”

Meanwhile Idaho’s congressional delegation is chiming in its support for Senator Larry Craig’s decision to stay on the job as he wages his legal battle. Representatives Mike Simpson and Bill Sali, along with Senator Mike Crapo, say Craig can still be an effective lawmaker for the state.

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