Craig to Stay Until Court Rules on His Attempt to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Posted September 26, 2007 at 4:16pm

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) said Wednesday he would remain in the Senate for now following a court hearing in which his lawyers argued that he should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea on a disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident in a Minnesota airport bathroom.

“Today was a major step in the legal effort to clear my name,” Craig said in a statement. “The court has not issued a ruling on my motion to withdraw my guilty plea. For now, I will continue my work in the United States Senate for Idaho.”

Hennepin County Judge Charles Porter said Wednesday that he was not likely to issue a ruling on Craig’s attempt to withdraw his guilty plea until next month. Craig previously had said it was his intention to resign from the Senate by Sept. 30, but he has since made clear that he would wait to see how his court case proceeds before leaving the chamber.