The quote that will follow Idaho (and in some ways, this state's) Republican Sen. Larry Craig to his retirement if not his grave will be

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In Boise Idaho? Jiminy!

ButĀ perhaps in a men's room far far away.

The quote that will follow Idaho (and in some ways, this state's) Republican Sen. Larry Craig to his retirement if not his grave will be this one: "I've been in this business 27 years - in the public eye here. I don't go around anywhere hitting on men, and by God, if I did, I wouldn't do it in Boise, Idaho! Jiminy!" That's what he told the Idaho Statesman in an earlier interview as his hometown paper tried to piece together a story about Craig's rumored homosexuality, which he denied. The quote is finally reported in the paper today after  Craig conveniently provided a fresh news hook for what had been a story without any apparent official confirmation: The senator, a gay-rights opponent, now admits he paid a fine and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's room after, prosecutors say, he cruised in seeking sex from an undercover officer in the next stall; the Statesman now reveals he may have been a serial restroom cruiser. Unless Craig has a graceful mia culpa and closet-exit ready or plans to deny his way into another term next year (he first went to Congress in 1980), he's already rumored to be weighing a resignation. Besides the legislating Craig has done for the forest, power and fishing industries in the Northwest and his work with Washington's two senators and in particular Eastern Washington congressional members, his departure will leave some of the West's, and Washington state's, biggest corporations and businesses without a cheerleader in D.C. They include Washington Group International (one of the would-be builders of the now-scrapped Seattle monorail), Qwest Communications, Verizon, and Albertson's supermarkets. On the other hand, it will also leave us with one less family-values hypocrite in D.C.

 
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