Larry Craig, the conservative Republican Idaho Senator who was busted in a Minneapolis airport bathroom sex sting, lashed out at presidential candidate Mitt Romney yesterday:
And he not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again.
The Romney campaign has responded:
"Governor Romney simply believes that a public office is a public trust," spokesman Kevin Madden said in the statement. "He believes when a public official enters a guilty plea, they have broken that public trust and should step aside for the sake of their constituents. Governor Romney believes that we need to have higher ethical standards in Washington with a very clear line that should not be crossed."
Earlier this year, Romney made Craig one of his Senate liaisons and co-chairman of the Romney for President Idaho Leadership Team. Immediately after the scandal surrounding allegations that Craig was soliciting sexual contact in the Minneapolis airport bathroom, Romney unceremoniously dumped Craig and compared him to Bill Clinton and Mark Foley.
Here's a video of Craig's warm endorsement of Romney from earlier this year (Hat tip to Lee Ward):
Craig now says he will appeal the ruling that barred him from withdrawing his guilty plea. We are all looking forward to the Senate Ethics Committee hearings where Craig will attempt to clear his good name. This is going to be mighty entertaining for weeks and months to come.
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