Under the managing editorship of Bill Manny, the Idaho Statesman–affectionately known at the GUARDIAN as “The Daily Paper” has acted with restraint and decorum throughout the Larry Craig ordeal.
Manny and veteran reporter Dan Popkey appeared on ABC News NIGHTLINE show last night. Both conducted themselves well and made no comments beyond what they had published. Let’s hope the Daily Paper is on the road to salvation despite multiple owners and many staff changes over the past few years.
We can’t say the same for Senator Larry Craig. His actions–actions he has admitted in a court of law–have brought shame and scandal on himself, his family, and the state of Idaho.
The GUARDIAN feels the decent thing for him to do is simply resign from office, do it with a simple written statement to the governor and forget about blaming anyone but himself–no explanation needed.
Craig–like any politician–thrives on the limelight. In Idaho we like to know all our politicians by their first name. They forget the necktie, leave the top shirt button open, roll up the sleeves and become “one of us.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Big business doles out cash by the buckets full to anyone in office, especially a U.S. senator with seniority. They are granted special parking places at the airport. The airlines give them first class seats. They have their own gym, post office, dining room, health plan, retirement plan and a host of other perks. In short, these 100 members of the worlds most exclusive club have a pretty high opinion of themselves.
A local cop in a Minneapolis toilet treated Larry Craig like a common criminal hanging around where he shouldn’t –despite being presented with Craig’s embossed U.S. Senate business card. That’s hard to take for anyone–especially a member of the “exclusive club.”
We would like to offer a cautionary note to Craig family and staffers: Urge your man to QUIETLY resign and remain out of the public light. Love him, get some medical and mental treatment before he does further harm to himself. Be pro active and forget about a “wait and see” strategy. The Statesman is not responsible for the situation and there is no action Craig can do to punish The Daily Paper.
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