Senator Craig’s Stall Tactics Pay Off as Bipartisan Ethics Committee Flushes Accountability Down the Toilet

Bipartisan ethics committee throws paper at Sen. Larry Craig

It was a tough year for Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho). In 2007 he was arrested in a “men’s room sex sting” operation for which he pled guilty. He also tried to use his position and influence to procure special treatment after his arrest. Following that, he spent more than $213,000 dollars in campaign money to pay for legal and public relations expenses.

A few eyebrows were raised, but Craig went back to work: business as usual in Washington.

Then something snapped among Craig’s peers when he recently tried to retract his guilty plea. The bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee decided enough was enough and swung into action. Did they move to censure Craig? No. Did they move to have him expelled? No. Instead, these beacons for “truth, justice and the North American way” had something else in mind for this profligate senator. They decided….to write him a letter.

Yes, it was a grand show of Republicans and Democrats putting their best foot…er, uh..feet forward to show they can truly work together to give one of their own yet another break.
They wrote:

“Your claims to the court … to the effect that your guilty plea resulted from improper pressure or coercion, or that you did not, as a legal matter, know what you were doing when you pled guilty do not appear credible.”

In the same story the AP went on to report that:

“Any future use of campaign money for legal bills will be seen as ‘demonstrating your continuing disregard of ethics requirements,’ the ethics committee wrote in its three-page letter.”

Gee…I thought he already disregarded ethics requirements when he tried to solicit sex in a bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.

And for that, he keeps his job, (sans “several GOP leadership positions on Senate committees and subcommittees”) and gets a nice little letter from the ethics committee telling him he was a bad boy.

Censorship? Expulsion? Naaaaaah….he learned his lesson; We’ll just, ya know…give him a piece of paper telling him he should know better and we’ll let the entire free world read it. That’ll teach him. When it comes to disciplining one of our own, we don’t mess around.

That’s what I call zero tolerance….for doing the right thing. What a bunch of pansies.



~ by johnnywingnut on February 14, 2008.

6 Responses to “Senator Craig’s Stall Tactics Pay Off as Bipartisan Ethics Committee Flushes Accountability Down the Toilet”

  1. This why I don’t shoot and smoke up after drinking the finest spirits out of a human skull with porn starlets anymore. I got the dreaded letter from my better half. That’ll make you quit those vices cold turkey, yes sir!

  2. Yep…makes me think of Rock, PAPER, scissors, Randal.

    Wow this room has quite an echo!

  3. Yeah, I’m not sure what’s going on the last couple of days.

  4. Reminds me of: “Sticks & stones may break my bones but words (or letters) will never hurt me.”

    If I’d a ever given him campaign money (just typing that makes me nauseous) I’d be suing his ass right now!

  5. Johnny and fairlane, duh. Pictures of naked ladies. Sex always sells. Or do what I do. Find a stupid picture, make a lame caption, and watch the comments pile up.

  6. Sounds like Senator Gaius. “He’ll give them blood…and they’ll love him for it.”
    Like they say: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

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