outgoing U.S. senator Larry Craig of Idaho has managed to
raise just $4,645 to pay for his effort to overturn his
guilty plea for disorderly conduct, according to the
arrest in a sex sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport
in 2007, Craig has been fighting his initial guilty plea in
Minnesota's courts. He pleaded guilty by mail without
consulting an attorney. Once news traveled that Craig
had been arrested, he tried to rescind his guilty
plea. His latest court appearance was September 10 in front
of the Minnesota court of appeals, which denied his
Committee said Craig's arrest and his attempt to cover it up
cast a shadow over the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan committee
also found that Craig spent more than $200,000 in
leftover campaign money in an attempt to overturn his
guilty plea without the the committee's approval.
Craig then established the so-called Fund for Justice in
June to solicit donations.
Craig, who did
not seek reelection this month, will retire in January
after nearly three decades in Congress. Idaho lieutenant
governor Jim Risch won Craig's seat on Tuesday.
(Michelle Garcia, The Advocate)