[Vision2020] Vitter get's a walk while Craig gets stalked
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Thu Sep 6 13:19:14 PDT 2007
I mean, is this really a fair deal? Don't think so!
WASHINGTON A GOP leader Sunday denied a double standard in pushing Sen.
Larry Craig to resign after a sex sting guilty plea, while remaining silent
over GOP Sen. David Vitter's involvement with an escort service.
A senior Democrat said a double standard by Republican leaders is exactly
Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., the Senate Republican campaign chairman, said
Craig "admitted guilt. That is a big difference between being accused of
something and actually admitting guilt."
"David Vitter never did that. Larry Craig did," continued Ensign on ABC's
"This Week" program.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,
expressed a contrary view on "Fox News Sunday."
"One, I say there's a double standard," said Leahy. "Secondly, I don't think
they'll ask him (Vitter) to resign because, of course, he'd be replaced by a
Democrat. It's easier to ask Larry Craig to resign because he'd be replaced
by a Republican."
Idaho has a Republican governor who will appoint a successor to Craig.
Louisiana's governor is a Democrat.
Craig of Idaho pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a men's restroom and
announced Saturday he will leave the Senate at the end of the month. He was
caught in a sex sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in June and,
despite his guilty plea, now insists he did nothing wrong.
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Vitter of Louisiana has not been charged with a crime although he
acknowledged his Washington telephone number was among those called several
years ago by an escort service.
Prosecutors say the escort service was a prostitution ring and have accused
the woman who headed it of racketeering.
Craig's conduct was "embarrassing not only to himself and his family but to
the United States Senate," said Ensign. Before Craig's announcement, Ensign
had strongly suggested that he resign.
Another Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said on "Fox News
Sunday" that Craig should seek to vindicate himself.
"I'd like to see Larry Craig seek to withdraw the guilty plea, and fight the
case," said Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I'd like to see him fight the case because I think he could be vindicated."
Regardless of any legal developments in Craig's case, Republicans clearly
would frown on Craig changing his mind about quitting the Senate Sept. 30
and leaving the party with a festering corruption issue.
Ed Gillespie, President Bush's counselor and a former chairman of the
Republican Party, acknowledged that ethical scandals have hurt the GOP. He
predicted that by 2008, the party "will not have candidates who have any
kind of ethical considerations that will be a concern to the voters."
Gillespie agreed with Ensign that Craig's guilty plea made his case
different from that of Vitter.
"The fact is that Sen. Craig pled guilty to a crime, and therefore was
convicted of a crime. Sen. Vitter has not been charged with a crime, let
alone convicted of one. So there's a pretty big distinction here," Gillespie
said on "Fox."
Despite Craig's decision to leave the Senate, Democratic Senate campaign
chief Charles Schumer, of New York, sought to keep the corruption issue
alive. He accused Republicans of failing to support ethics reform when they
were in the majority.
"What the American people are looking for is not a blame game, but who is
trying to clean it up," Schumer said on "This Week." "For six years, there
was no ethics reform."
The New York senator defended Democratic actions in a new fundraising
scandal. A party fundraiser, Norman Hsu, had been a fugitive since failing
to appear for a 1992 sentencing.
Hsu, who had pleaded no contest in 1991 to grand theft, turned himself in
Friday in California. He raised money for Democratic presidential contenders
Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"We've already given money back," Schumer said. "Nobody knew he was a
fugitive. When we found out something is wrong, we returned the money."
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