Looks like Sen. Larry Craig has learned his lesson: always hire a lawyer.
Craig, who resigned after quietly pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge related to sexual behavior in a Minneapolis airport restroom, has hired a high-powered crisis team to deal with the fallout, Roll Call reports today. Craig had later said he regretted his guilty plea, and his decision not to consult a lawyer.
Roll Call reported that Craig has hired D.C. attorney Billy Martin, who most recently represented Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick in his dogfighting case. Craig has also hired Judy Smith of Impact Strategies; and Stan Brand, a local lawyer who Roll Call says will handle any Senate Ethics Committee investigation; and a Minneapolis attorney.
The fallout from the case has cost Craig, a conservative, married Republican in his third term representing Idaho, his political career, and given new life to long-swirling rumors about his sexual orientation. Republican leadership called for an ethics investigation, and most urged Craig to resign (though Sen. Arlen Specter defended him Sunday). Over the weekend, Craig said he would resign on Sept. 30.