Thursday, October 4, 2007

Craig's Reaction: I'm Innocent, And I'm Staying

Posted on Thu, Oct 4, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Sen. Craig said today in reaction to the Minnesota court ruling that he's disappointed, but that he's innocent.

Oh, and he's not going anywhere. Craig said he'll remain in the Senate until his term expires.

"it is possible for me to work here effectively," he said. Here's the full statement, sent from Craig's Boise office today.

"I am extremely disappointed with the ruling issued today. I am innocent of the charges against me. I continue to work with my legal team to explore my additional legal options.

"I will continue to serve Idaho in the United States Senate, and there are several reasons for that. As I continued to work for Idaho over the past three weeks here in the Senate, I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively.

"Over the course of my three terms in the Senate and five terms in the House, I have accumulated seniority and important committee assignments that are valuable to Idaho, not the least of which are my seats on the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Veterans' Affairs Committee. A replacement would be highly unlikely to obtain these posts.

"In addition, I will continue my effort to clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee - something that is not possible if I am not serving in the Senate.

"When my term has expired, I will retire and not seek reelection. I hope this provides the certainty Idaho needs and deserves."

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