Larry Craig

Craig to speak to the media at 2:30 p.m.; Crapo says he believes Craig

Sen. Larry Craig plans a 2:30 p.m. statement to the media regarding his guilty plea on disorderly conduct charges.

Craig will give a statement only concerning his arrest in Minneapolis, his office said in a news release, at 2:30 p.m. on the outdoor plaza between the Wells Fargo Building and the Center on The Grove. Watch IdahoStatesman.com for updates. Meanwhile, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo told reporters this morning that he spoke to Craig on Monday and takes Craig at his word that he did nothing inappropriate.

"I was very concerned," Crapo said. "I made a phone call and visited with Larry, and he explained to me as he has to everyone. I take him at his word."

Crapo was asked: Should Craig run for re-election?

"That is really Larry’s decision," Crapo said. "He has been deciding whether to run already. This is a very tough decision to make under any circumstance. Whatever Larry decides I will support."

Crapo said Craig "has given more than 30 years of absolutely stellar representation to the state of Idaho. I believe that kind of reputation will be important to colleagues and folks as they deal with this issue."

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