Larry Craig

Sen. Craig to appear in two primetime interviews

Larry Craig and his wife, Suzanne, will appear in two primetime interviews Tuesday — one in Idaho and another with NBC's "Today Show" host Matt Lauer.

These will be the first major televised interviews for the Idaho Republican, who was arrested June 11 in an undercover sex sting in the men's room of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Craig mailed in his guilty plea to disorderly conduct on Aug. 1, but the news of his arrest in the sex sting didn't break until Aug. 27.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, KTVB will broadcast an hourlong interview with the Craigs in their Eagle home. The NBC affiliate will run Lauer's interview at 7 p.m., station officials said.

Other than two televised press conferences and written statements issued through his spokesman, Craig has had little to say publicly. After a court turned down his efforts last week to withdraw his guilty plea, Craig issued a statement saying he intended to stay in the Senate through January 2009, the end of his term.

Although this will be Craig's first television interview since the news broke of his arrest, two of his three adopted children appeared on a national television news show shortly after Craig had his now-infamous Sept. 1 press conference where he said it was his "intent" to resign.

Meanwhile, two aides are leaving Craig's office.

Chelsey Penrod Hickman, a legislative assistant who helped Craig on the Senate Appropriations Committee, will become legislative director for Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, Granger's office confirmed. The Associated Press also reported that Michael Freese, who worked for Craig on environmental issues, has also left.

Craig spokesman Dan Whiting told The Associated Press that they are the only two staffers to leave since Craig's arrest became public in August.

Erika Bolstad: 202-383-6104