Update I: It looks like the Republicans are chopping Craig off at the knees. Shouldn't they be rallying to the defense of a fine upstanding citizen who has been so wrongly accused (according to Wizbang Classic)?
The Republican National Committee has warned Sen. Larry Craig privately that if he does not resign, the party will not provide him financial support in the upcoming election and it will recruit a Republican opponent to run against him.
Like many of you I was not surprised when the story broke about Senator Larry Craig's incident in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. Since then I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about how some gay men use public restrooms for anonymous sexual encounters. It's hard to believe that any United States Senator would put themselves in that type of situation, and it is beyond hypocritical that this would happen to a strident, right-winger who prides himself on his opposition to gay marriage.
But the scandal itself is just the latest in a string of corruption, sleaze and sex scandals that have ensnared Republicans at all levels of government over the past few years. To drive home this point I thought I would put together this list of Republicans in and out of office who currently are (or should be) workin' on the chain gang.
Senator Larry E. Craig (R-ID) pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct after an undercover police officer accuses him of soliciting sex in June in a Minneapolis airport restroom.
Vice Presidential Aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby convicted of perjury and obstructing an investigation into the Bush administration's actions leading into the Iraq war.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns under a cloud of suspicion about the firing of 8 US district attorneys. Currently under investigation by the Justice Department inspector general for intentionally misleading Congress in sworn testimony.
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has his phone number turn up on the list of a D.C. Madam and denied allegations he had relationships with New Orleans prostitutes.
Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) under corruption investigation by the F.B.I. Home was raided by the FBI.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) defends herself publicly against conflict-of-interest accusations and announces that she would sell back 1.27 acres of riverfront land that she had bought for $179,500 from a local real estate developer who is tied to the investigation of Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK).
Representative Don Young (R-AK) under corruption investigation by the F.B.I. for his ties to the oil company Veco and other issues.
Representative Rick Renzi (R-AZ) under corruption investigation by the F.B.I.
Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL) currently under investigation for this role in the Jack Abramoff bribery and lobbying fraud scandal.
Representative John Doolittle (R-CA) currently under investigation for this role in the Abramoff scandal.
Representative Gary Miller (R-CA) currently under investigation for questionable land deals.
Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is likely currently under federal investigation.
Representative Ken Calvert (R-CA) is under scrutiny for questionable land deals.
Thomas Ravenel, the Republican state treasurer of South Carolina, was indicted for cocaine possession and stepped down as state chairman of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.
Bob Allen, a Republican state representative in Florida was arrested on charges of soliciting sex in a public restroom and dropped from the John McCain campaign.
Representative Duke Cunningham (R-CA) serving an 8-year prison term after conviction for conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion.
Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) in prison after conviction on conspiracy and making false statements.
Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX) indicted on criminal charges that he had conspired to violate campaign finance laws; rumored to be a target of the Jack Abramoff corruption investigation.
Tony Rudy, chief of staff for Tom DeLay (R-TX), pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the Abramoff investigation. Rudy admitted conspiring with Abramoff while he worked as chief of staff for Tom DeLay.
Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA) defeated in 2006 amidst a corruption investigation.
Representative Mark Foley (R-FA) resigns after exchanging sexually explicit e-mail messages with under-age male pages.
And these are just the things we KNOW about. Imagine what more has been going on that has yet to be uncovered.
There is seriously something terribly wrong with the Republican Party these days. If you combine these scandals with a miserably unpopular war that the Republicans continue to shove down the throats of the American people you could have a recipe for the complete disintegration of the party. We can only hope...
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