As a friend wrote to me, “Wilderness, wolves and salmon lost a big powerful enemy when Larry Craig resigned today.”

Story in the New York Times. Craig Announces Resignation. By Kate Phillips.

He has resigned, but he will linger in the Senate until the end of September, and folks need to be on guard for midnight riders to legislation designed to be a last minute attack on wildlife, public lands, pollution control, etc.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

6 Responses to Craig resigns! A great day!

  1. Kevin says:

    Do you think his replacement will be just as bad?
    I read somewhere that it would be the current Lt. Governor.

  2. kim kaiser says:

    be careful what you ask for! never say it cant get any worse.

  3. Mike Wolf says:

    Risch may be just as bad in attitude, but he doesn’t have the power Craig had. Craig was a member and even chairman of a number of committees, including environmental committees. Ralph probably knows his committee participation better than I; but I do know that Craig has given up a lot of power.

    I hope this incident reveals to people just how hypocritical politicians are. Romney, his buddy from MA, I believe the first Mormon candidate for President, was quick to push Craig away; likely not for what he did, but for how he handled it. Romney, like most other hard-right Republicans, is a hypocrite. And don’t get me started on Otter…who knows just how close Otter and Craig were…eeewww

  4. Mike’s got it right. Craig’s replacement will lack the 17 or so years of seniority Craig had, and he might not get appointed to the critical committees that deal with public lands, fish and wildlife.

    It’s doubtful his replacement would be so hostile to conservation. From among a long series of anti-conservations US Senators and House members from Idaho, Craig has been the worst in terms of his influence.

    During his brief stint as governor recently, Jim Risch did quickly shut down that that Eastern Idaho elk shooting farm from which the elk escaped (I’m assuming here that Risch will be named as the replacement, but this is still speculation). That act was pro wildlife and irritated some of the upper Snake River Valley’s far out folks, one of whom may run in the GOP primary for Senator regardless of who gets appointed.

  5. skyrim says:

    reports are now out that he is reconsidering the decision to resign. Let’s see, isn’t that what the right calls “flip flopping”? “Here’s your hat Larry, what’s your hurry”?


September 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey