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Sen. Larry Craig, speaking at a press conference last year, went from campaign support to liability for Mitt Romney. (AP)

Saying that former Massachusetts Governor MItt Romney went out of his way to "distance" himself from Sen. Larry Craig yesterday would be a understatement. Romney called his former Idaho campaign chairman's behavior "disgusting," leaving little doubt about his feelings on the Idaho Senator's guilty plea on lewd conduct charges stemming from an incident in a men's room in the Minneapolis airport. But it isn't the only endorsement a 2008 candidate has run away from this year.

In June, after South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel was indicted on federal cocaine charges, Rudy Giuliani's campaign quickly announced its state chairman in South Carolina would be stepping down. And in July, Bob Allen, a Florida state representative who was serving as the co-chairman of McCain's Florida campaign, resigned from that post after being charged with soliciting an undercover male police officer for sex in a public bathroom.

Apart from those departures, however, normally risk-averse presidential candidates have not pushed aside some other potentially controversial supporters. After Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who was a regional chair of Giuliani's campaign in the South, was linked to an escort service in Washington, the former New York Mayor aid "some people disappoint you," but did not immediately distance himself from Vitter as Romney has with Craig.

While Vitter and Giuliani have not recently campaigned together, some of Vitter's appearances with Giuliani
and his praise of the ex-mayor, despite their differences on some key social issues like abortion, remains on the campaign's website.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton sought and won the endorsement of San Fransciso Mayor Gavin Newsom,
who was embroiled in a scandal earlier this year after it was revealed he had an affair with the wife
of the man who had managed his reelection campaign. Clinton appeared in San Francisco earlier this month
to accept Newsom's endorsement.

And Clinton has continued to defend another controversial California mayor with some marital troubles. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Clinton in May, then over the next two months split with his wife and admitted an affair with an anchor on Telemundo who had been covering him. In July, Clinton, in a conference call, said she had spoken to Villaraigosa since the affair and said "his work on behalf of the many issues that I care about is very significant, and I will continue to welcome his support." She also named him to a mayors' council her campaign has organized.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Post Editor  |  August 29, 2007; 12:04 PM ET
 
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Well, at least the GOP gets rid of their scandalous/unethical/criminal/character-defected members. Thery are gone-Craig soon will be.

The Dems love keeping them in office:
- 2 Kennedys
- Studds
- Frank
- Clinton
- Mr "Freezer Money" from Louisiana
-SF/LA Mayors

--- all still at the public trough

BTW, if liberals belive that sexual behavior is a private matter, how can they claim to be so scandalized? These people are simply being true to their nature, right?

Posted by: george.p.sweeney | August 30, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to echo tmcproductions2004's comments. Why do the Clintons always come up when a Republican gets caught doing something illicit?

What about Giuliani's affair? Why wasn't that mentioned in this blog? Because he's not supporting Hillary?

The Craig and other Republicans' sex-related scandals are only that because they're the people who scream and shout about "family values..." I don't care who's screwing whom or where they do it for that matter -- as long as they're between consenting adults. What I despise is when these hypocrites try to preach their "perfect values," while behind closed doors, or as in Craig's case, "closed stalls," they are doing exactly what they tell the rest of us we shouldn't be doing. They scream "Christian values" yet they missed one very important lesson from Jesus: "Judge not, that ye be not judged."

That's what makes these people despicable.

Posted by: femalenick | August 30, 2007 2:39 AM | Report abuse

GOP..doesn't that stand for Greedy Old Phonies? Senator Craig says he's not gay, but he is at least bisexual. Nothing wrong with that, just admit it and admit you are a phony. We don't mind your sexual persuasion, you were born with it. Restrooms in airports seems like a bad choice to pursue dirty bad boy games. Jesus will still love you.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | August 29, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

"These Days, a Not-So Grand Old Party".

Indeed! These days, it is more like the "Greedy Old Perverts"...

Posted by: Gatsby1 | August 29, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

...Clinton has continued to defend another controversial California mayor with some marital troubles. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Clinton in May, then over the next two months split with his wife and admitted an affair with an anchor on Telemundo who had been covering him.


THIS IS MORE THAN A STRETCH GUY, HAVING AN AFFAIR IS NOT ILLEGAL!!! HOW COME THE CLINTON'S ARE ALWAYS BROUGHT INTO THE FRAY WHEN A GOP MEMBER OR A CHRISTIAN FUNDIE GOES PERVERTED? DON'T JOURNALISM SCHOOLS TEACH NON-SEQUITERS TO STUDENTS ANYMORE???

Posted by: tmcproductions2004 | August 29, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

How many nails in the coffin does it take for the voters t realize what a mistake they made in electing W. not once but twice, as well as having waited so long to put Dems in power? I could fill the A section of the Post with the gaffes, blunders, deceptions, and outright lies (this is where Sen. Craig fits in..as well as Rep. Foley, Rep. Ney, Rep.Cunnngham...wow, this list is getting longer by the day!), but if we had known what we know now, we could have ensured that Ann Richards defeated W. in Texas and ended the nightmare that we're in today. It will take decades for the US to recover globally from the foreign policy implosion and budgetary chasm that he and his Republican friends (most, not all to be fair) ahve put us in and I can only hope that we will turn things around just in time for China to become the leading superpower in the world. Way to go GOP! You might as well have told the American people to pound sand back in 2000. For the people that thought it would be the "glory days" of the Reagan years with W. and his possy, hopefully, you aren't deluded anymore as we head into the '08 season.

Posted by: gregs | August 29, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Hawaiian_Gecko: You're an idiot. The Dems don't get on soap boxes and claim to be holier-than-thou like your GOP brethern do. We don't hear 'Christian family values' out of one side of their mouths while they're 'sucking the pole' with the other side. That seems to be a brand of hypocrisy practiced especially by Republicans.

And it will not be the Dems who drive Craig from office. They are perfectly content to have another phony Republican to point at. It will be the GOP who drive him out because he is another embarrassment for them.

Posted by: Bobach | August 29, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Craig says he isn't gay and I believe him. He is more than likely a closeted, confused, self-loathing bisexual or homosexual. There is a world of difference between the two. I feel pity for him and his family, but he has been hoist on his own petard. Unfortunatly the larger questions, e.g. the religious/cultural donditions that lead people to conclude it isn't safe to be open about who they are, then marry their suitably astonished spouses etc. will probably be lost in margins of this story as it develops. Gay people have taken the risk to be open and honest. Craig is not gay.

Posted by: donovanetc | August 29, 2007 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I was listening to Bob Beckel talk about this and he claimed it's the hypocrasy of the GOP (using family values as a platform) that gets them in trouble.

Basically he's saying vote Democrat, we don't have any morals at all and can't get in this predicament.

So it appears that another gay will be hammered out of congress by the very same Democrats that gays vote into office.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | August 29, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Once again we're reminded that "you don't have to be a Democrat...."

Posted by: philip_riggio | August 29, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, the good news is the republicans won't have to change their acronym. GOP will now just stand for the Gay Old Party :(

Posted by: valleyforge | August 29, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Give this Bushie a presidential medal of freedom! While the Singing Senators were playing with children, the Bushes protected Senator Mark Foley (Republican, Florida) and enjoyed a sausage tasting with Bush White House spiritual leader Pastor Ted Haggard at prayer breakfast. Even Senator Vitter (Republican - The State Formerly Containing New Orleans) followed Neil Bush's example of Bush Family values. Republican Bob Allen is not only another Bushie RPOF backroom insider, he is also another Florida Republican who did it like they do on the Discovery Channel and Bushy Republican Senator Larry E. Craig certainly fits tightly in Bush's loyal family. So now we know what made the Singing Senators sing!

"Let the eagle soar...

Posted by: Open1 | August 29, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Craig has a LONG HISTORY of rumours that he's a closet homosexual. So why Mitt would take the chance of bringing Craig on to his campaign, knowing he has to appeal to the ultra-conservative is beyond me. Stupid move.
This website has a video of Craig denying rumours of Foley-like behavior with male pages back in 1982!!!

http://myragmag.com/2007/08/28/gop-sen-larry-craig-denies-hes-gay-after-arrest/

Posted by: oweb | August 29, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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