LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Reuters report that pressure for Sen. Larry Craig to resign mounted within his own party on Wednesday, two days after disclosures the Republican lawmaker pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a men’s toilet at an airport.
Republican presidential contender John McCain, an Arizona senator, told CNN the incident was “disgraceful” and added, “When you plead guilty to a crime, you shouldn’t serve.”
Other Republican lawmakers echoed McCain’s call, while Senate Republican leaders asked Craig, 62, a third-term senator from Idaho, to step down temporarily from his major committee assignments. A White House spokesman said, “We are disappointed in the matter.”
Craig pleaded guilty earlier this month to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after his arrest in June in an undercover sting operation at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport where police were targeting lewd behavior in the men’s toilet. News of the case became public on Monday.