BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Despite his defiant denials, Idaho Senator Larry Craig is already suffering political damage.
The conservative Republican denied any misconduct despite pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with a men's room sting at the Minneapolis airport.
Craig also denied that his is gay. He lashed out at his local newspaper, the Idaho Statesman for what he calls a "witch hunt."
Two Republican White House hopefuls are weighing in. Mitt Romney told CNBC that Craig has "disappointed the American people." He said the case reminds him of Mark Foley and Bill Clinton. Foley was the Florida congressman who sent salacious e-mails to underage male House pages.
And Senator John McCain told host Jay Leno during a taping of NBC's "The Tonight Show" that the Craig case is "disgraceful."