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    From the Idaho Statesman:

    Some conservatives hope scandal unseats Craig

    Some conservatives hope Sen. Larry Craig's political career is over — and not for anything he may or may not have intended in that Minneapolis men's room.

    Craig was one of the most powerful Republican supporters of a controversial immigration bill he said was needed to keep an agricultural work force.

    Opponents called it amnesty — some "shamnesty" — and many of them are hoping Craig may have reached the end of his influential career. Without his support, his "Ag Jobs" idea could languish.

    "We've had a lot of anti-Craig sentiment on our show," said KBOI-AM (670) morning host Paul J. Schneider, who after some four decades in Boise media has a pretty good sense of his call-in show's listeners. Most of the opposition centers on illegal immigration, and it started long before news of Craig's arrest captured attention around the country, Schneider said.

    "A lot of people who have been on him in the past are on him for that," he said.

    So are some letter-writers, conservative bloggers and lots of faceless online "commenters" chiming in on various Web posts — folks of the same ilk as those who have publicly criticized Craig in immigration hearings here in Idaho.

    In a letter to the Statesman, Mountain Home resident Mike Bradbury said he disagreed with Craig on the United Nations and on immigration. "With this men's room fiasco, he is done, and I for one, as an independent, am glad to see it," he wrote.

    Morning devotees of Jon Duane and Chris Kelly's show on KFXD-AM (630) are a little more kind, Duane said.

    Duane has heard less satisfaction from the anti-immigration folks since Craig's troubles began, but he gets the sense people think Craig has misled them and that he should resign. "They just don't want it to be hanging around forever," he said.

    An unscientific poll Wednesday at IdahoStatesman.com supports Duane's comment. Asked if Craig should resign, 69 percent of 1,827 voters said yes.

    A lot of radio listeners — a conservative Republican bunch, Schneider says — are hoping a less sullied Republican like Lt. Gov. Jim Risch may find his way into Craig's seat.

    Most people are surprisingly gentle with Craig, Schneider said. They just want him gone, and with him, any chance that Democratic hopeful Larry LaRocco could capitalize on the scandal.

    "They'd kind of like to see Risch in there so they wouldn't have to worry about LaRocco," Schneider said.
     

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