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February 14th, 2008
04:32 PM ET

Did Senate Ethics Committee go far enough with Larry Craig?

 Senator Larry Craig.

Senator Larry Craig.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Want to hear an oxymoron? Senate Ethics Committee.

After months of investigating disgraced Senator Larry Craig who was arrested cruising the men's room in the Minneapolis Airport trying to have sex with an undercover cop, the Senate Ethics Committee is out with its response. They wrote Senator Craig a letter.

The committee said the Idaho Senator acted improperly and brought discredit on the Senate. They also said Craig's effort to withdraw his guilty plea after his arrest was an effort to duck the legal consequences of his actions.

The Senate Ethics Committee told Craig they believed he committed the crime to which he pled guilty, and that he entered his guilty plea knowingly.

Senator Craig also used $213,000 of campaign money for legal expenses and public relations in connection with his public toilet trolling arrest. Campaign money, donations made by people so he could run for office. The Senate Ethics committee didn't say there was anything wrong with that but that Craig should have asked their permission first.

Did they censure him? No. Did they ask him to resign? No. Are they going to expel him from the Senate? No. As for Craig, he says he'll "continue to serve the people of Idaho." Which means Larry Craig plans to remain in the United States Senate until his term expires in January.

Of course, when his disgusting behavior, arrest and guilty plea became public, Craig said he would resign at the end of September, but then he changed his mind. This is our government at work

Here’s my question to you: Did the Senate Ethics Committee go far enough with Larry Craig by simply sending him a letter saying he acted improperly?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Warren writes:
Hi, Jack. Well let's see: Congress spends countless time, energy, and taxpayer dollars grilling a baseball player about his alleged use of steroids ten years ago, yet slaps one of its own on the wrist for breaking the law and misusing campaign funds. It's Washington... nothing changes. And we keep electing them.

Andrew from San Ramon, Costa Rica writes:
Jack, This is outrageous! Do our elected officials have no shame? This is a prime example of why Congress' approval rating is well...in the toilet! They should have booted out Craig by his shoelaces! I moved to Costa Rica three years and each day I'm provided with more reasons not to return to the U.S!

James writes:
Craig belongs in jail and so do these idiots on the ethics committee who seem to think it is okay to spend the people’s money in this manner.

Alan writes:
No, they didn't go far enough, but that’s what you get when the rooster watches the hen house. They're all afraid they'll be next.

Charles writes:
He should have been gone a long time ago.

R. writes:
Absolutely not! This is a prime example how the government continues to protect its own. Sen. Craig should've been forced to resign due to his actions. Here is a public official, elected by the people of Idaho to represent them. In turn, he makes a fool of himself by doing something illegal. It shows the lack of respect that he has for the position that he's held and therefore, not deserving of that title any more.

Joanie from Shickshinny, Pennsylvania writes:
I think that they need to take a wider stance on this issue.


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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    No, they didn't go far enough. They didn't have a wide enough stance!

    February 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  2. Jim Galvin

    In view of the complete lack of evidence, yes.

    February 14, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  3. Jorge from Monterey California

    Jack,
    Are you kidding me??? They just slap his non homosexual hand! That guy should be Removed from the senate, and not for the acts that we all know he did, but for trying to cheat the American people... come on... "I didn't know what I was signing" " I intend to leave the senate at the end of September!!! " He doesn't have respect for the American people.

    February 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  4. Vivek

    Hello Jack,
    Larry Craig is a public figure and a public servant. His lewd behaviour in public and his lack of repentance afterward raises many questions about his credibility to do his duties in office.

    When people like Clemens can be dragged around like a dirty rag by Congressman, it is shameful that they would let such impertinent behavior off, with something as juvenile as a letter.

    This is nothing but hogwash and another testament to how government has one rule for insiders and another for the country's citizens.

    Appalling Indeed.

    -Vivek
    Middletown, CT

    February 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  5. George Wilson

    What no firing squad? Let the one among you without shame fire the first shot. Don't you think the man has paid a big enough price for what many do every day without ever being singled out? To be honest with you, I think it is an attack on gays. If he had hit on a woman, no one would have ever said anything about it, is that true, or not? Why can't some holier-than-thou people just mind their own business, and keep there noses out of others? Guess it is just the nature of the beast. We try to make others feel small so that we can rise above them, however if your faith is the same as mine, just remember we all came from the same , and that we are no better than any other.

    February 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  6. David of Mississippi

    Sure after all it isn't like he used HGH or steroids.

    February 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  7. earl illingsworth

    Obviously,it's really not as serious as Bill Clinton"s little flings? After all, Craig is a very,very conservative Republican ,from the("do as I say ,and not as I do") see no evil, do no evil,and hear no evil, Righteous Party. I would say that most of the disision makers on this particular issue have Dinosour Bones locked in their closets, and we wouldn't want to stir the pot. Would we??? A word of advise to the public: whoever or whomever gets these clouns elected ,are fully aware of their personal life!!!

    February 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  8. TLC

    No, he should be drawn and quartered and then sent back to Idaho along with about half of the U.S. Senators since they are just as guilty as he is. Is one sin worse than another, if so by how much? There is talk of steriods and HGH in the Congress and these people go about their business of placing themselves above the law. What kind of example does this type of behavior set for young people? It's high time that our society set some new standards of right and wrong along with punishment for these "gods"!

    Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    February 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  9. Paul

    I believe the committee acted with a wide stance regarding the behaviour of Sen. Craig. They know his days are numbered and they know his image is ruined so they are willing to wait him out. If they were to be more severe with their punishment of Craig, they might be concerned that it would create too much focus on an issue that they would rather forget.

    Paul
    Dacula, Ga.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  10. Joe Moss

    Jack, its nice to see that the senate has been able to get together on something. Its just a shame to see them pull together to state the obvious. Neither Larry Craig nor the people of the United States need an official letter to know that his Minneapolis foray was inappropriate. It amuses me to know how lethargic they have been to respond. Thanks to the media, Craig received his punishment plenty and his own name will assure that he never forgets. How many generations will it be before a Craig family names a son Larry?

    Joe Moss
    Roanoke, Virginia

    February 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  11. Ralph

    Jack, one of the reasons that nothing gets done in Washington is that Congress spends more time discussing Craig's past actions as well as accusations of the use of steroids by Clemens and other pros. Come on, our country is in trouble, whether from inside, outside or above - let's concentrate on these needs first!

    February 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  12. W B in Las Vegas

    (OK, I will try it again)

    he should have been expelled for the embarrassment his gross misconduct caused the Senate BUT that would NEVER HAPPEN in the American version of "The House of Lords".

    they are ALL a bunch of arrogant jerks that live high on the hog on taxpayer and lobbyist money. only time you hear from them is election season.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  13. marcus mt.olive mt.olive

    SENATE ETHICS AKA JUMBO SHRIMP

    February 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  14. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Senate! Ethics! No such thing! These idiots in the senate are so busy pandering to their special interest buddies and covering their own butts that they have no idea what's going on. As far as I'm concerned,Larry Craig was set up by a police officer who couldn't find anything else better to do with his time. Craig's incident had nothing to do with his job or the government. This was just used as a smoke screen by the other senators to cover up all the real corruption and crimes that the senate refuses to investigate. I think almost all of them are scum and liars. All of Washington should be cleared out from office,elected and appointed,and let's start all over from scratch with real citizens who are more concerned about their country and fellow citizens than their own pocketbook.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  15. Tom from Boston

    Are you kidding me? After he reneged on his promise to resign, he should have been thrown out on his disgraced butt. And sentenced to five years of community service cleaning prison bathrooms for good measure!

    February 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  16. John from Carlsbad

    Jack

    Not even close. They should have kicked him out. The Ethics Committee is a joke. If they were truely enforcing ethics then none of them would be there, they are all crooks in one way shape or form. Since the ethics committee is just a show, we as voters will have to clean house ourselves. Anyone who is an incumbent will not get my vote. They all have failed me miserably. Ethics is just one of many areas in which they failed.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  17. Ro

    No. The issue of taking campaign funds to cover his private legal costs demands investigation and some type of punitive measures. Allowing this with a verbal "now, you done wrong," merely sets a precedent for future similar misconduct. The voters do not donate money to politicians to hoist their petards off the legal hooks they thrust themselves upon. It feels like a rip-off.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  18. Katie, Madisonville, TN

    No, they did not go far enough. A censure would be a good place to start, but there should also be criminal proceedings over that $213,000 in misused campaign funds. Last time I heard, that constituted embezzlement.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  19. James Cape Coral,FL

    Jack,
    Why would they expell him? He seem's like their kind of people. Since the senator is a representative of the great state of Idaho I think it's up to the people who voted him in to gather peacefully and protest him out of office. But as long as the people of Idaho have no problem with his continued service, why should the rest of the country care if there is another liar in the senate?

    February 14, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  20. Karl in CA

    Craig needs a reality check. He did the crime, now he needs to do the time and quit, pay back the money he stole and go home. If he doesn't he should be thrown out, , but apparently our honorable Senate thinks it's OK to lie.cheat, steal and get away with it. What can we expect when the same Senate passes a law that excuses the president and his telecom cronies from illegal activity, retroactively.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  21. Ismael

    Well Jack, I think the Senate should get rid of him instead of sending him friendly letters!!

    February 14, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  22. Keith from Irving, Texas

    Hell No! Typical 'Good Ole Boys' network.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  23. joe m

    this guy's action was not only an embarassment for himself, but for everyone unfortuante enough to have been involved in it. this is just another example of some government official who does not think that the rules that govern the land applies to them. its bad enough that he's wasting the people's money by getting paid for a job he probably barely does, now who's suppose to foot the bill for all this legal wrangling. can we send him the bill and send him another ticket for being a stupid?

    February 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  24. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    I'm still trying to figure out what homosexual behavior in a public restroom has to do at all with his job as a Senator.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  25. Greg from PA

    Mark Twain was once asked why he felt no need to exact revenge on any of the people who did him wrong. He responded by saying he was too busy focusing on the happier things in life and that God would provide come-uppings in His own good time. Craig will continue to get his, if not from the Senate Ethics Committee then from God. And the Senate Ethics Committee will most assuredly get theirs for letting America down in oh so many ways.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  26. kevin

    Did the ethic's com. go to far enough? Look , whether it's Craig playing footsie in the men's room, Foley trying to solicit little boys, Jefferson freezing his cash on the house side,etc.,etc. These people are all scumbags, not just a bad apple here or there they all know whats going on in that "Animal House" , Its like the "Court of Caligula" there, the only way to fix any of Washington D.C. whether it's Executive, Legislative or The Judicial branch of gov. is to burn it down and start all over again! What a slap in the face to the men and women who have died horrible death's defending this country in all war's.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  27. Anthony

    NO they did not go far enough! The Senate Ethics Committee is a joke. Their decision toward Senator Craig is nothing more than a slap on his wrist. Craig should be forced to resign, payback his campaign fund of the $213,000 .His campaign fund frozen and they should censure him. Craig is a disgrace, he should go on trail like any other person caught the way he was. Also, the Senator's on the Ethics Committee should be voted out when their term is up as Senator's.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  28. Mike Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana

    No, the Senate just proved that they protect each other at all costs, regardless of the will of the American people.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  29. Jed in Chico, California

    I for one think they acted appropriately. Just what should the penalty for pleading guilty to playing footsies in an airport bathroom be? Further disciplinary action need not be rendered by the 'Ethics' committe. Rather it should be up to the voters in Idaho to decide Larry Craig's fate. Barring that, if the outcry from the American people is so strong against Craig, the Senate could expel him -or- if unwilling to bar one of their own members, the House could draft articles of impeachment just like they did against Senator William Blount. Granted, that was well oven 200 years ago, but it's the only precedent out there.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  30. Mark

    The Senate Dems did not pursue this because Craig is so valuable to them in November – there is some chance that he might run for another term, and that would take some of the attention and heat off our Dem presidential nominee, who will by then be up to his eyeballs in smear attacks. It won't work, but it will provide comic relief from the nastiest election cycle the US will have ever seen.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  31. Lou Schanberger

    Jack, Anyone thats paid any attention for the last several years fully understands the creado from the manual 'stonewall,distract,threaten,lie,outright if you must but never confess or apoligize and never, never resign". Ethics committee ha ha. As long as congress is allowed to supposeidly investigate the ethics of there coleagues things in D.C.will remain the same and thats just what 'WE THE PEOPLE' deserve.

    February 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  32. Joy

    I don't know if the Senate Ethics could have done much more. Obviously this man has no shame and is arrogant defying both his position and the State he represents. The idea of him using campaign funds to fight his battle against pleading guilty then trying to reverse his plea is ludicrous. I don't blame the Senate Ethics Committee, I blame the officials in his state refusing to demand his stepping down from office. He's an insult to his position and to our government, but then so many serving our government are every bit as bad if not worse!!!!!! Joy, Morrisville, NC

    February 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  33. Bruce St Paul MN

    They are about as good at reading the public mood as Louis XVI. Their approval ratings are in the toilet. They are showing us that they dont have the ability to regulate their own behavior.I think his misuse of campaign funds is a much greater crime than his foot wiggling, but I guess the ethics committee does not agree. That in itself is a problem.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  34. James S. Lenon

    Since Senator Craig is apparently guilty of lying about an attempt to have an adulterous, illicit sexual encounter it would be appropriate for Congress, not just the Senate, to treat him as it treated former President Clinton for the same sort of prevarication.

    Surely the Republicans can justify another Ken Starr investigative circus.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  35. J.R.

    but he didn't do any thing wrong, just had a "wide stance" . . ."i'm not gay" please, he needs to hang it up....

    February 14, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  36. Chelsea in Sacramento, California

    NO!!!!!
    If his last name was Clinton though, he would have been hog-tied and dragged through your media circus and then set on fire.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  37. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Jack,what should be done is too have him payback the money he stole,he lied,and yes he has disgraced the senate and america in general.He should be run out of town.I believe that maybe, this is why the letter went out, to let him knowthat they will resort to other measures if needed.Instead they need to go ahead and do what they need to do, not dance around the issue.The is the same action that we have seen with Bush and Chaney,they should be impeached for there actions and congress is just waiting.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  38. Richard in Denver

    If he had been a Democrat, I would say they probably did enough. On the other hand, most of the Republicans (including Larry Craig) put gays and bi-sexuals down all the time, therefore, if one of them gets caught , I think we should throw the book at them. That is what they should get for being so hypocritical.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  39. john Marlton NJ

    Jack, the Senate Ethics Committee’s calculation of impropriety clearly didn’t measure up to that of most Americans and what a surprise considering how many times the Committee had the cop’s testimony read to them.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  40. Robert

    Jack,

    Mr. Craig (I refuse to call him Senator) should be expelled from the United States Senate. End of story.

    Robert

    North Port, FL

    February 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  41. Terry / Austin, Tx

    If I was to embrass my employer, I'd get a pink slip, not a letter telling me I acted in a stupid way. It's been said so many times by YOU and Lou Dobbs, we need to vote out all of Washington and start anew.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  42. Dennis Dyl

    They didn't go far enough! He hould of been removed. He was guilty and as usual tried to "bribe" his way out with the I'am a Senator card.
    Did he learn this from someone. What does prevert mean?

    February 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  43. JC from Lexington, SC

    I am glad they sent him a letter, hell I am just happy these bozo's know how to write a letter. Listen when you teach a monkey how to drive a car your so amazed that it is actually doing it that you forget about the fence it just crashed through. That is how most people think of the Senate Ethics Committee. Should be called Senate's (Lack of) Ethics Committee.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  44. francie

    Jack,
    I don't believe a WORD of it! You KNOW that your sacred polls have been wrong, time and time again! This time is no different! How do YOU know who Hillar y is pulling from???

    Your proclamation of being "the best political team on television" is also wrong! Its nothing more than a SELF-PROCLAIMED honor.
    When I see the certification to prove this, I'll reconsider. For the time being, all your current Hillary reporting is biased! It's SO obvious that
    you – and Wolf Blitzer want her to lose. You put her down every chance you get.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  45. Holly

    I think if our government wasn't so worried about people finding out they were gay, this wouldn't be an issue at all. It's not about legality to them, it's about the public finding out they're closet hypocrites.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  46. Rose

    Yes Jack, He has a WIDE stance remember? How far can they go?

    February 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  47. Jerry

    Jack you ought to know by now that this is the way thinks happen in Washington. The scum bags take care of their fellow scum bags and another thing the Republican scum bags that want the wire tapping bill is a damn joke, the American people are sick and tired of the scare tatics that comes out of the mouth of old scrub Bush and the Repbulicans. Its all about money Jack .

    February 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  48. Sunny, Oh

    He is shameless. Using people's money to protect himself.. tehy should throw him out...

    Didn't the same people try to impeach Clinton for the same reason...

    February 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  49. tco

    It stinks like a public toilet and so does he. The Senate soiled its own reputation by letting a good ole boy off so lightly.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  50. Will K. San Jose, CA

    Just so I'm clear:

    Soliciting unwanted sex in a public restroom and then using campaign money to cover it up, equals a letter.

    Having consensual sex with an intern and then stupidly lying about it, equals impeachment.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  51. Fred T. Black

    The repugnants walked out, find the guy with the key to lock their ignorant 'south end of a north bound donkey out!!! Sorry, that's redundant..

    Mrs. Clinton, and I think that most of us can agree had she not been with Goldwater, then Pres. Clinton, would she be where she is. Merits: Where are hers? Opportuniteis and being opportunistic, is that the ground work for America and Americans future?

    February 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  52. Annie, Atlanta GA

    This is just one example of "politics as usual" in progress. Our representatives in Washington don't represent us anymore. It's apparently not in their best interests. Hopefully we are now awake enough to take heed next November.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  53. Minda Lillie

    Is this the same ethics committee that Obama brags about changing this year? If this is the kind of change he has made it isn't better, just the same old game with different players. Craig should leave the senate now, not wait till the next election. He is a disgrace.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  54. Paul

    I don't know how to answer that, Jack. But as a Democrat in Idaho, I hope that this helps my fellow Idahoans think before they vote for someone with a big R by their name.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  55. DavidJ from Atlanta

    No they did not go far enough and this whole debacle should make it clear to everyone why we need an ethics committee independant from the Congress. Trouble is; how on earth can we get our representatives to vote for something like that when it's obvioulsy not in their own interests?

    February 14, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  56. Evan FL

    Yet again this is a prime example of our government at work. A Senator commits some disturbing behavior and all he gets is a light slap on the wrist? Seems to me that the Ethics Cmmittee should in fact be questioning their own ethics and behavior.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  57. Mischelle from Illinois

    Though the whole ordeal with Larry Craig disgusted me...I always thought that just waving his hand under a men's restroom stall was not an actual crime and the officers involved should have waited to arrest him until after he made an "offer", so to speak. I don't think his forced confession would have held water in any court and the Senate probably couldn't have proved guilt either. A stern letter was probably the only option they had since a public spanking was out the question.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  58. Alan from San Angelo, TX

    The committee took a firm hold of the situation, operated from a wide stance, and acted to clean up the dirty situation. Only they did it by leaving a piece of paper on on the Chamber floor. How did the Ethics Committee know Larry would pick up his disciplinary letter?

    February 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  59. Sharon

    It doesn't seem as if they went far enough. Although, I guess your question has led me to one of my own. What were the options available to them? Could they have kicked him out of the Senate? Could the people of Idaho have done anything to have him replaced? In short, I guess I need a refresher course in political science 101. What are the various options available for unethical and/or illegal behavior of various degrees and are some of those options dependent upon conviction of a court of appropriate jurisdiction?

    Perhaps we should all be more informed about the guidelines for addressing these matters, so we can hold our elected officials accountable when they fail to do so.

    Sharon
    Trafalgar, IN

    February 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  60. Jay, Niagara Falls, Ont

    At least the comittee realized that a good spanking would not have really been a punishment for Craig.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  61. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Why create any further embarrassment for Craig's family, they've suffered enough. When the Senate Ethics Committee wrote Craig they should have demanded he pay the money back.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  62. Ken

    I far as I am concered what Larry Craig does in his private life is in his own business.

    However, I feel it is totally wrong to use his campaign money to pay his legal fees and for public relations.

    For the Senate to slap his wrist for his wrongs makes the Senate as dishonest as Larry Craig....

    February 14, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  63. Charlotte - St Paul, MN

    They should hold a recall election, like they did in California a few years ago. See if the people who elected him still want him in office.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  64. Oray

    I am from Idaho, and I think that Craig should be removed from office. He has used the money of honest people to cover up his tracks, and I that is simply despicable.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  65. Bob from Rome NY

    They should have requested his resignation. End of story.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  66. debbie

    Just curious-did they pass him the letter under the stall in the Senate mens room?

    February 14, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  67. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Do you really expect this Congress to finally do something right? Shame on Mr. Craig for not resigning like he said he would and should be held to it.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  68. Earl from Illinois

    Jack,

    The Senate should increase Larry Craig's office allowance. He obviously needs many, many more business cards to intimidate local law enforcement officers in his frequent travels.

    An increased office allowance would also allow Senator Craig the funds to contact all his constituents and explain how well he is representing Idaho after his Republican colleagues stripped him of his committee assignments – without using any more of his personal campaign funds.

    February 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  69. MICHAEL BURNETT L.I.N.Y.

    'WOO' this man is not only a married man 'but' a politician, please do not get me wrong but this is some thing for the movie's. Being gay should not be a bad thing, the way I see it, to each his or her own! why should any one care about the next person's sexual ginder or preffence matter to me or any one else! the only problem that I have witth what happened was the fact that it took place in a public form!

    February 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  70. joanie Shickshinny, Pa

    I think that they need to take a wider stance on this issue.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  71. Ryan in Dubuque, Iowa

    Jack, I don't know what to tell you other than once a politician, always a politician!

    February 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  72. Ryshine

    Absolutely not! This is a prime example how the government continues to protect their own. Sen. Craig should've been forced to resign due to actions. Here is a public official, elected by the people of Idaho to represent them, in turn he makes a fool of himself by doing something illegal. It shows the lack of respect that he has for the position that he's held and therefor, not deserving of that title any more.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  73. Roland

    They did go far enough. Craig has become an embarassment to himself and to the office. Let him leave. Can you imagine what would have happened had the Republican's been in charge? It would have been the season for crucifixions all over again. Let him get back to his private life.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  74. Dane in Walla Walla, WA

    Jack,

    Well of course they went far enough. The "Senate Ethics Committee" would be well aware that if they were to punish Larry Craig with anything more severe or extraordinary than this little slap on the pinky finger, that thousands of Americans would suffer infarcations in response and shock. I mean, really, who expected anything else than this? With no one in particular to be held accountable to, what motivations do these political groups and committees really have to do the right thing, anyway?

    P.S. I'm supposing you asked this question mostly in jest.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  75. Dane in Walla Walla, WA

    The wording of the question itself is pretty hilarious, I assume a purposeful pun there, Jack? Haha, you are quite the wit.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  76. Leo P. O'Reilly

    Of courss the ethics committee didn't go far enough. If they had gone to the logical conclusion then Larry Craig would be out of the senate, but why do that and spoil their record of pretending. Leo Hawley, Pa.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  77. applemist

    Well Jack, you have to have ethics before you can act ethically.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  78. Warren Williamson

    Hi, Jack –

    Well let's see... Congress spends countless time, energy, and tax payer dollars grilling a baseball player about his alleged use of steroids ten years ago, yet slaps one of its one on the wrist for breaking the law and misusing campaing funds. It's Washington... nothing changes. And we keep electing them.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  79. Robert

    Name the elected people on this committee. Accountability has got to start somewhere.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  80. Sean Sullivan

    Of course they should have done more. But then, if we're talking ethics, we'd lose half the Congress!

    February 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  81. Noah

    It is completley ridiculous that Larry Craig didn't resign- what a wrom as you said- his ignorance and disgrace to our country should have punished much more severely. They should have pressured him into resigning- and the ethical and respectful action which should have taken by Larry Craig was to announce his resignation many months ago.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  82. Bart Harrison

    You have jumped to the top of my list Jack!! It was painful watching the NM announcement. It was cool that you expressed it. The Senate Ethics committee sould be censored by the Senate. What a farse!

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  83. John

    Craig should've walked away but that wasn't going to happen. Now he's just made his own life even worse. The Senate could've just shoved him out, but just couldn't do it.

    A grand opportunity has been missed on this one.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  84. Roger Goss

    What ethics? Why? No member of Congress wants to be the first to cast a stone .... they would end up expelling each other!

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  85. Patrick P

    No, a letter was not enough for Craig. His actions are unacceptable and it is completely ridiculous! He should have received a more personal punishment, such as a confrontation with the senate instead of just a letter! I don't think Craig will learn anything.

    Paramus, NJ

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  86. Charles Francis

    He should have been gone along time ago. We wonder what is wrong with society – look at what our children look up to.

    Aren't we now back at taxation without representation?

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  87. Alan

    No, they didn't go far enough but, thats what you get when the rooster watches the hen house. They're all afraid they'll br next.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  88. Nathaniel from Manassas, VA

    I wonder which lucky candidate will recieve the coveted Larry Craig endorsement...

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  89. Dan from Indiana

    Wow, I didn't expect a slap on the wrist and I was right. A letter? I don't know at what other job in America you could lie, steal, misrepresent facts, and still be employed. If you know, please tell me, because I would love to have the privileges he has.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  90. Devin

    I don't think Larry Craig should be working for the American Government anymore.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  91. Alex P

    I guess the senate is in a generous mood lately. That makes it two immunities granted in a week! Disgusting.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  92. Bonnie

    Come on, Jack.
    The people of Idaho put him in office and it is up to them to demand that he step down. It is disgusting what the Ethics Committee did and is a perfect example of another waste of our tax dollars. When I vote in November, I plan to vote out all those that currently hold office. I think this is just another example of where the American people need to wake up and smell the coffee and take action and sweep the floor clean.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  93. Paul McGuirk

    Jack,
    He should have been gone months ago. Since they do not want to let him go he should be transfered to the TSA in the Minneapolis Airport in charge of bathroom security.
    Mahalo,
    Paul McGuirk
    Kaneohe, Hawaii

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  94. David Brown

    Geez, if that's the standard, then the next time get caught speeding, I expect to get a letter from the government saying that I "acted improperly", nothing more, and I'll go merrily on my way too. What a joke! Too bad it's not so funny.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  95. Dick Bell

    A letter, what a joke!!! I wonder if he gets to keep his key to the mens room.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  96. Michael Giannini

    I would respect the senator should just come out of the closet and admit what he did. Say it loud, say it proud!

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  97. Doug

    Jack,

    What a closet case. I have many openly gay friends and they are just as offended as my straight friends about Senator Craigs behavior. Even if I got a speeding ticket, everyone in the house hears about it. So to think that he could be arrested, make it back there to court, pay the fine, all without letting his wife know what happened... tells me this guy was covering up what my cat digs holes for. At least my cat does a better job making sure it doesn't stink. His story sure does to me.

    Doug

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  98. NickNas

    Of course it isn't enough but did you expect anything else?

    With all of the roaches running from the light and getting protected from the highest offices in the Land are you REALLY surprised??

    These people do not live in our world.

    Nick San Diego, CA

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  99. Frank

    Are you kidding me? They're not going to take any action with Senator Craig? And on top of all that he used campaign funds for personal use – isn't that illegal?

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  100. Ron M (Bucks County, PA)

    What a joke! Just goes to show how people in power take care of their own. Either that, or Craig must have plenty of dirt on others in the Senate to avoid more serious consequences. I'd love to see the people of Iowa force him to retire. I can't imagine they want him to remain their representative.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  101. Kevin

    No, the Senate did not go far enough. A proper punishment can only include making Senator Craig, and the entire Congress, sit through the entire election announcement from that Democratic representative from New Mexico, twice.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  102. David from L.A.

    The Senate tapped their feet, whistled a tune and slapped Sen. Craig on the wrist with a wet noodle. His behavior during and after the "event" was reprehensible. Sen. Craig should resign immediately.

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  103. Al

    Hey, Jack, Don't you think the real question is "Why isn't there an ethics group to investigate the Senate ethics committee?"

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  104. Kevin

    This is just another fine example of how screwed-up our Congress has gotten. If ANYONE votes to re-elect anyone that is sitting in Congress now, they have got to be CRAZY!

    February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |