Others react to Craig's arrest

August 27, 2007 

Congressional leaders in Idaho and elsewhere say they learned of Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest in Minnesota through the news media today, and many say they won’t rush to judgment.

Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being arrested by airport police investigating allegations of lewd conduct in an airport restroom.

This is what a few Idaho lawmakers and a Senate leader had to say today:

— Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson learned today about the arrest through the media. “We are learning about it as it is breaking,” said Simpson spokeswoman Nikki Watts. “We don’t have enough information to say anything.”

— Idaho Rep. Bill Sali also learned of the incident today, but his spokesman was unsure exactly how Sali learned about it.

“We don’t know any of the details,” said spokesman Wayne Hoffman. “It is prudent to not rush to judgment, to give Sen. Craig an opportunity to respond and to give him the benefit of the doubt,” Hoffman said. Sali has conveyed these sentiments to Craig’s office.

— Sen. Mike Crapo:

“Sen. Crapo learned about this via the news reports today. He had no prior knowledge,” said spokesman Lindsay Nothern. “Once we learn more and talk to Senator Craig, we will make a comment.”

— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

Josh Holmes, a spokesman for said that it until it appeared in Roll Call, they hadn't heard about Craig's arrest. “We just found out about this incident late this afternoon,” Holmes said.

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