There comes a time when you have said and done so many stupid things that everyone around you begins to think you’re just a jackass. For me that moment was so long ago I don’t even recall what I said or did. But to this day, everyone still thinks I am.
First, he holds this big press conference announcing he “intends to resign” at the end of September. Then he announces that “he intends” means he’s planning to do that if the appeal of his conviction is not overturned.
Now that his conviction is upheld, he announces that he’ll serve out his term after all.
“I am extremely disappointed with the ruling issued today. I am innocent of the charges against me. I continue to work with my legal team to explore my additional legal options.
“I will continue to serve Idaho in the United States Senate, and there are several reasons for that. As I continued to work for Idaho over the past three weeks here in the Senate, I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively.
“Over the course of my three terms in the Senate and five terms in the House, I have accumulated seniority and important committee assignments that are valuable to Idaho, not the least of which are my seats on the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. A replacement would be highly unlikely to obtain these posts.
“In addition, I will continue my effort to clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee – something that is not possible if I am not serving in the Senate.
“When my term has expired, I will retire and not seek reelection. I hope this provides the certainty Idaho needs and deserves.”
Do you know what Idaho really needs and deserves? A Senator that isn’t an embarrassment. Unfortunately, your refusal to give them that does a disservice to the state and her people.
On that subject, I think Louisiana deserves a Senator and a Representative that don’t embarrass them. Alaska probably feels the same.
Heck, I’m sure the 47 other states have that same thought every day.
Why do these guys only tend to talk about what would be good for their states when they’re using it to justify sticking around despite being a humiliating slap in the face to all those that elected them?