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WASHINGTON, DC - Sept. 05: Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., talks to reporters on his way to the Senate Republican policy luncheon. As Sen. Larry Craig tried to regain his political and legal footing, Senate Republican colleagues gave him a forceful push Wednesday. But Specter called the misdemeanor case flimsy and suggested that there was room for Craig to change his mind. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters that Craig had made the right decision by announcing his intention to resign. Craig telephoned McConnell on Wednesday to discuss his second thoughts about following through with the resignation. The leader said Craig wanted to "dispel, as he put it, any confusion." "He said that he is going to try to get the case in Minneapolis dismissed," McConnell recounted, "That if he is unable to have that disposed of prior to September 30th, it is his intention to resign from the Senate as he expressed last Saturday. "If he is able to get the case favorably disposed of in Minneapolis, it would be his intention to come back to the Senate, to deal with the Ethics Committee case that he knows that he will have, and to try to finish his term," the GOP's top Senate leader said. McConnell pointedly refused to describe his reply to Craig. But his sentiments were unambiguous. "I thought he made the correct decision, the difficult but correct decision to resign," McConnell said. "That would still be my view today." Craig pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge after an undercover police officer in a bathroom in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport interpreted some hand and foot motions as an invitation for sex.(Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON, DC - Sept. 05: Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., talks to reporters on his way to the Senate Republican policy luncheon. As Sen. Larry Craig tried to regain his political and legal footing, Senate Republican colleagues gave him a forceful push Wednesday. But Specter called the misdemeanor case flimsy and suggested that there was room for Craig to change his mind. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters that Craig had made the right decision by announcing his intention to...
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