The political repercussions for Sen. Larry Craig (ID-"R", of course) have been swift and unequivocal. The conservative, anti-gay politician was first outed as a restroom cruising hypocrite by über-activist Mike Rogers in 2006 and now, after pleading guilty to lewd conduct in an airport men's room, support in his homestate has eroded to almost zero.
Leading the call for Craig's resignation is the Idaho Statesman, the state's largest newspaper. "Sen. Larry Craig needs to resign," the editorial urged, taking Craig to task for not disclosing his arrests for almost three months and calling it a "lie by omission and a violation of the public trust...We cannot believe Craig can effectively serve Idaho, under the shadow of his guilty plea on a lesser charge of disorderly conduct," the paper continues. "We cannot afford, as a state with but four congressional representatives, to have a senator who merely provides fodder for bloggers and late-night talk show hosts."
Apparently, Idahoans are not buying Craig's ridiculous declaration of his heterosexuality nor the contrived rationalization for his bathroom behavior. "In the hours after Craig's defiant statement, " The Washington Post reports. "ABC affiliate KIVI-TV solicited viewers' reactions on its Web site. By the early news, it had not received one expression of support."
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