Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) resigned on Saturday, bowing to intense pressure from within his own party to avoid further political fallout from the once-powerful conservative’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct and alleged sexual solicitation.
"I am proud of my record and accomplishments," Craig said in Boise with his family and leading state Republicans by his side. But he added that he could not continue to serve without being a "distraction" and announced that he would resign effective September 30.
I have said for years that anyone who would vote for or support an adulterer for public office has to have their head examined.
I don't care if Senator Craig is gay or not. I don't care why he was playing pickup games in a public restroom. But his behavior cuts to the very heart of trustworthiness. If a person cannot be trusted not to cheat on thier spouse, the one person who should be able to trust them above all else then why should anyone else trust them to keep their word about anything.
I don't know what kind of vows were spoken at Senator Craig's wedding but they probably went something like these:
"To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part."
Being a Methodist the vow Senator Craig made while exchanging rings probably went something like this:
I give you this ring as a sign of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have; I honor you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
If a person is willing to stand up in front of their family, friends, pastor and other witnesses and make vows of this type, and then break it why should any total stranger ever believe that they would keep any promise made during an election?
A promise to be faithful to the one person you share every aspect of your life with, should be the simplest promise to keep a person ever makes. It's not like anyone has every accidentally had sex with another person. Adultery involves a deliberate act of betrayal. If a person is cold and callous enough to betray someone they have to live with and face everyday how easy will it be for them to betray millions of faceless voters?