Larry Craig

What's next for Sen. Larry Craig?

Gov. Butch Otter will choose Craig's replacement in the senate, but he says he hasn't decided.

Otter will name the next U.S. senator for Idaho, and despite reports he had made up his mind, he says he has not decided who will replace Sen. Larry Craig.

"He has made no decision and he is not leaning toward anybody," spokesman Jon Hanian said. "He was very adamant."

If Otter does name Jim Risch, as some people speculate, Otter will have to pick the next lieutenant governor, which will spark a new wave of speculation.

Craig's legal battle and potential ethics inquiry

Craig ‘deserves the full protection of our laws'

Craig hired Washington, D.C., lawyer Billy Martin — who recently represented NFL quarterback Michael Vick in his dogfighting case — and Minneapolis lawyer Tom Kelly to investigate "the facts and the law" surrounding his arrest. Craig can ask a judge to vacate his guilty plea to disorderly conduct.

"The arrest of any citizen raises very serious constitutional questions, especially when that citizen says that he is innocent and pled guilty in an attempt to avoid public embarrassment," Martin said. Craig "deserves the full protection of our laws."

Craig also hired Washington, D.C., crisis manager Judy Smith, who has worked with Monica Lewinsky and U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat facing federal corruption charges. Attorney Stan Brand will handle Craig's interests if the Senate convenes an ethics inquiry.

Craig's staff in Idaho AND Washington, D.C.

Four weeks to find work for ‘loyal staff'

Craig won't leave his office until Sept. 30, in part "to allow a smooth and orderly transition of my loyal staff," he said.

Some may find jobs with whomever replaces Craig, but former Craig staffers make a broad network who can help folks find jobs.

Craig's Pension

Craig's 27-year career means steady paycheck

Because of his age and the time he spent in Congress, Craig is eligible for a full pension, a Congressional Research Service report shows. The National Taxpayers Union estimates the pension at $98,000 a year, assuming he joined the system upon entering the House in 1981.

Earlier this year, Craig voted for a Senate measure that would deny pensions to lawmakers convicted of serious crimes, such as bribery, conspiracy and perjury. The legislation, not yet signed by the president, has no effect on Craig, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

Statesman staff and wire reports