Idaho Senator Larry Craig’s Duet With
Paul Shaffer, Musical Director - CBS Orchestra
Sen. Larry Craig Jokes, “"I Can Dodge The Press”

August 30, 2007

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  • Senator Larry CraigWhile researching Larry Craig’s record of public statements, FindLaw discovered a telling premonition of sorts from the Idaho Senator: Craig joking nearly two years ago that he “can dodge the press.”

    On November 4, 2005, Senator Craig and Paul Shaffer, Musical Director of the CBS Orchestra, performed at a fundraiser for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

    In a parody of "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," Irving Berlin’s popular song from the 1946 Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun, Craig and Shaffer jokingly have the following exchange: [MP3 file]

    Craig:        I can dodge the press!

    Shaffer:      Without being caught?

    Craig:        Yes!

    Shaffer:      That's what I thought

    Shaffer later ends the duet with a cautionary note, warning “that's just an example of the trouble that you can get into up on Capitol Hill.”

    Click here to hear excerpts from the parody. To hear the entire 5:16 /4.9 MB parody, click here. Both are MP3 files.

    The exchange is noteworthy because Senator Craig publicly criticized the Idaho Statesman newspaper on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, one day after Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper broke the news about Craig’s arrest in Minnesota. Craig said that he wanted to “put my state of mind into context on June 11,” the day he was arrested. “For 8 months leading up to June, my family and I had been relentlessly and viciously harassed by the Idaho Statesman. If you’ve seen today’s paper, you know why.”

    In fact, the only reason Craig offered so far about why he chose to plead guilty to the Minnesota charges is because he “overreacted in Minneapolis, because of the stress of the Idaho Statesman’s investigation and the rumors it has fueled around Idaho.”

    Yet Dan Popkey, the Statesman reporter who lead the paper’s investigation of allegations about Craig, told the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz that they held off on publishing a story alleging that Senator Craig had sex with another man in the men's room at Union Station in Washington, D.C. That was because, according to Popkey, “We were looking for corroboration. The fact that he pleaded guilty corroborated that [earlier] story. That’s what tilted the scales away from our prior decision not to publish."

    Audio Source: Senator Larry Craig’s Media Clips Archive

    Related Sources:
      - Larry Craig Investigation, The Idaho Statesman
      - "Craig Arrested, Pleads Guilty Following Incident in Airport Restroom but Says He Did Nothing Wrong," John McArdle, Roll Call (Aug. 27, 2007)
      - "For Idaho Paper and Reporter, Craig Story Posed a Moral Dilemma," Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post (Aug. 30, 2007)

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