The Nevada senator who leads the Republican effort to reclaim the majority in the Senate in 2008 joined a growing number of leaders suggesting Sen. Larry Craig resign.
Sen. John Ensign told MSNBC today that it would be best if Craig resigns, MSNBC reported at 1 p.m. MDT.
Ensign’s turning away from Craig is especially significant because he is chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Senate GOP’s campaign arm that raises money and develops strategy to elect Republican senators. Ensign’s statement suggests that Republicans fear that a prolonged battle by Craig to keep his seat will harm other GOP candidates in 2008.
Craig is among the GOP incumbents who face re-election next year. Craig said on Tuesday that he will announce next month whether he will run for a fourth term.
“I think the pressure will continue to build,” said Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, who chairs the party’s senatorial campaign committee.
One blogger says he’s made the call:
Sources in Idaho have told From the Left that Sen. Larry Craig will resign from the United States Senate this weekend.
Plans are being made for Idaho governor C.L. Otter to appoint a replacement and the front runner is state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Wadsen is a Republican, a social conservative and, a Mormon.
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