Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who had encouraged Craig to try to overturn his plea, told reporters that his colleague had the right to stay in office. "Disorderly conduct is not moral turpitude," Specter said, "and is not a basis for leaving the Senate."
"I don't think it reflects on the party at all," Specter said.
Senator Specter...you couldn't be more wrong. This is the last thing the Republican Party needs right now. Whether he's gay or not, his missteps are embarrassing at best and troubling at worst.
"Larry Craig is an individual. He doesn't represent the party or any other individual senator or any Republican. The conduct which is described here at worst is disorderly conduct. I don't know what his sexual preference is. It's not relevant to the issue in any respect."
Craig, R-Idaho, said he is innocent and disappointed by the ruling. "I will continue to serve Idaho in the United States Senate, and there are several reasons for that," he said. "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."
Wow. Three weeks. That's exhaustive research.
What do you think? Am I being harsh or does this guy need to do the honorable thing and resign?