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Romney Responds to Attack by Larry Craig

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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Comments (2)

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

This is really about gay rights, discrimination, hypocrisy and political opportunism (Romney's). Actually all Craig did and plead guilty too was touch an under coverpoliceman's shoe with his shoe, and he is the only senator of all the debauched politicians who make passes at secretaries, waitresses etc. that Romney thinks passed the clear line. The only clear line is that this was a homosexual not a hetrosexual pass.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

The "Ya Gotta Love Those Republican Hypocrites" moment in that video clip occurs at 1:05:

"Well, knowing Governor Mitt Romney is knowing somebody who first and foremost has very strong family values... that's something I grew up with and believe in."

Sure, Senator Craig - you grew up believing that's it's okay to cruise men's restrooms for casual sex, and then not telling your wife when you're arrested for it. Uh huh...


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