Despite failing in an attempt to reverse his guilty plea, US Republican senator Larry Craig, arrested in a toilet sex sting, has said that he won’t resign.
Craig recently went to court requesting that he be allowed to withdraw his earlier guilty plea to a charge of disorderly conduct. Police claimed that he had solicited sex from a plainclothes police officer in an airport toilet in June.
After pleading guilty Craig later said that he had done so under pressure and was innocent. He also said that he would resign at the end of September.
However, a Minnesota judge this week refused to allow him to withdraw the plea. In his ruling, the judge wrote that, “Because the defendant’s plea was accurate, voluntary and intelligent, and because the conviction is supported by the evidence… the Defendant’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea is denied.”
In a statement, Craig said that, “I am extremely disappointed with the ruling issued today. I am innocent of the charges against me. I continue to work with my legal team to explore my additional legal options.”
Despite the setback, Craig now says that he will not resign, explaining that, “I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively.”
He added that, “In addition, I will continue my effort to clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee – something that is not possible if I am not serving in the Senate. When my term has expired, I will retire and not seek re-election. I hope this provides the certainty Idaho needs and deserves.”