** FILE ** Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, is seen during a hearing Thursday, May 25, 2006, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Craig pleaded guilty on Aug. 8, 2007, to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after being arrested at the Minneapolis airport. A Hennepin County court docket showed Craig pleading guilty, with the court dismissing a charge of gross misdemeanor interference to privacy.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A comeback attack by Republican Senator Larry
Craig has been set back. A Senate ethics panel says it will proceed
with a review against Craig despite the request of his lawyers.
Craig has sent word to party leaders that he'll resign his seat only if he fails in his bid to withdraw a guilty plea by the end of this month. He entered that plea to reduced charges after his arrest in an airport men's room sting.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says Craig is going to try to get the case dismissed. When he was asked if he thinks Craig should leave the Senate, McConnell would only say that he still believes Craig made "the difficult, but correct decision to resign."