Larry Craig in ‘Where are they now?’ gallery of political scandals

With Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford launching comebacks, The Washington Post has published   “then” and “now” photos of 11 “scandal-plagued pols” who have bounced back.

The gallery begins with Weiner, the former congressman who resigned after sexting but now is running for New York mayor, followed by former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who lied about his affair and was just elected to Congress in a special election.

Idaho Republican Sen. Craig gets mentioned in the Post’s subhead, for his “long bathroom break” in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Craig served 28 years in Congress, 10 in the House and 18 in the Senate, before retiring in 2009. Craig is now a lobbyist described as “cheerful” in the gallery.

The others in the gallery: Gen. David Petraeus, pictured with his biographer-lover; President Bill Clinton with “that woman” Monica Lewinsky; Sen. David Vitter, R-La.; former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.; former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; former Sen. John Edwards, D-S.C., former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer; and former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey.

The caption on the Craig “then” photo reads:

Sen. Larry Craig apologized in August 2007 after news of his arrest for alleged ”lewd behavior” in an airport men’s room — and his guilty plea to a disorderly-conduct charge — became public. “Let me be clear. I am not gay. I never have been gay . . . I should not have kept this arrest to myself.” The Idaho Republican later retired.

And the “now:”

In 2011, Craig resurfaced in Washington as a lobbyist for New West Strategies, working on issues such as getting Congress to lift Endangered Species Act protections for wolves. Under Senate rules, former senators have to wait two years before they can lobby Senate or House members or their aides. CNN described Craig as ”cheerful” and said he spends most of his time in Idaho with his family.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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