WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Republican leaders circled the wagons Tuesday, saying they will recommend the Senate Ethics Committee review Sen. Larry Craig's conduct.
Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested in June at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport after an officer said Craig made signals used by those looking for men’s room sex. Craig later pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge and paid a fine.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Assistant Leader Trent Lott, Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, Policy Committee Chair Kay Bailey Hutchison and Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign issued a joint statement.
"Late yesterday we became aware of the incident involving Sen. Larry Craig and his subsequent admission of guilt in a Minnesota court," the statement said. "This is a serious matter. Due to the reported and disputed circumstances, and the legal resolution of this serious case, we will recommend that Sen. Craig’s incident be reported to the Senate Ethics Committee for its review. In the meantime, leadership is examining other aspects of the case to determine if additional action is required."