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Craig Won't Be in Minn., But His Lawyers Will

As he told Capitol Briefing alumnus Paul Kane for today's On the Hill column, Sen. Larry Craig (Idaho) won't be heading to the Twin Cities -- literally, the scene of the crime -- in September for the Republican National Convention. "Goin' fishing," he says.

Sen. Larry Craig in Raleigh, North Carolina, July 8, 2008. (Photo -- Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Craig may be avoiding Minneapolis-St. Paul in September, but his lawyers won't be. On Sept. 10, the week after the GOP convention, the Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from Craig's attorneys and prosecutors as the Idaho senator continues his effort to withdraw his guilty plea from last summer's airport restroom "incident."

It's all-but-certain Craig won't be there for the court session, and will leave it to his lawyers to represent him. His fellow Republicans, meanwhile, must be very pleased that the appeals court didn't schedule the hearing for a week earlier. If the arguments fell during the GOP convention, the entire national media -- Capitol Briefing included -- would have an easy excuse to just head over to the court house and write yet another Larry Craig story. Oh well.

By Ben Pershing  |  August 7, 2008; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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