Sen. Larry Craig
has been chosen for induction into the Idaho Hall of
Fame, despite his well-publicized arrest and guilty plea in
an airport sex sting, officials said.
Idaho Hall of Fame Association picked Craig in March,
months before he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after
a Minneapolis airport police officer accused him of
soliciting sex in the men's restroom, the
organization's board chairman said.
''Larry Craig has
made a great contribution to Idaho over the period of
20-some years. At the time it was considered, this other
matter had not come up,'' Harry Magnuson told The
Spokesman-Review newspaper of Spokane, Wash., on
Republicans said the honor is inappropriate now. Kootenai
County Republican precinct committeeman Phil Thompson
said Idaho Hall of Fame officials should consider at
least postponing the induction.
''Maybe in 10 or
15 years we can think of this hall of fame stuff. Now is
not the time,'' he said. ''It's a sad day to be a
Thursday to serve out the last 15 months of his term,
despite a court ruling that left intact his guilty
plea in the sex sting operation.
are scheduled to be inducted during the October 13
ceremony alongside Craig, including Gov. Butch Otter, Lt.
Gov. Jim Risch, Boise State University football coach
Chris Petersen, and John Grossenbacher, director of
the Idaho National Laboratory nuclear and energy
About 100 people
have been inducted into the hall since 1995, including
the late Nez Perce Tribe leader Chief Joseph, Coeur d'Alene
writer and historian Louise Shadduck, World War II
fighter ace Gregory ''Pappy'' Boyington, and newspaper
and hospitality magnate Duane Hagadone. (AP)