UPDATE: Pressure builds for Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to resign, even as we wait for news of a possible announcement today.
The Associated Press is reporting that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Craig’s conduct “unforgivable.”
NBC’s Tim Russert told Matt Lauer this morning, “He can’t survive. The Republicans have done everything but change the locks on his office doors…I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Richard Stallings has issued this statement: “As Governor, Butch Otter has a responsibility to the people of Idaho to put their interests ahead of his political party’s. Should Senator Craig vacate his Senate seat, we urge Governor Otter in the strongest terms possible to put the interests ahead of Idahoans ahead of his political party by committing to not fill this seat with anyone who has expressed an interest in running for the Senate in 2008.”
Enough major stories are now in the loop that the timing may be favorable. President Bush’s office has announced the resignation of press secretary Tony Snow. The ten-year anniversary of the death of Princess Diana is second or third in line on the networks and CNN. The investigation of the Virginia Tech shootings is controversial, and a Mom has let her five-year-old drive the car. Virginia Senator John Warner announced he won’t run again.
It’s impossible for Craig to hope that his announcement will be buried in the news cycle, but it never hurts to have dilution from other major stories.
We’ll update as information becomes available. Also, please check NewWest.Net/Boise over the weekend for other news and commentary.