White House: No Comment on Larry Craig

WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- The White House is staying out of it. There's no comment on the decision by Senator Larry Craig to stay in office.

A deputy press secretary says, "We think this is a decision between Senator Craig, his constituents, his colleagues in the Senate."

Yesterday, after a judge rejected Craig's effort to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his arrest in an airport men's room sex sting, Craig announced that he'd finish out his term. He had earlier said he planned to step down at the end of last month. And Idaho's governor had already chosen a replacement.

Though the White House won't comment, some of Craig's GOP colleagues are expressing their disappointment. Senator John Ensign of Nevada, who chairs the party's effort to win Senate seats next year, says, "I wish he would stick to his word." And Norm Coleman of Minnesota says Craig's ability to serve has been "severely compromised."

Craig, though, says he's found he can keep working effectively in the Senate. And some Republicans feel that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went too far in August when he called Craig's actions "unforgivable."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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