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Question: Should Larry Craig Seek Re-election?

Should Sen. Larry Craig run for re-election in 2008 and complete a fourth term, he would be the longest-serving Idahoan in Congress ever. But the prospect of surpassing William Edgar Borah, for whom Idaho’s highest peak is named, is making Craig dizzy. Craig’s ambivalence about staying in Congress, where he’s been since 1981, is no hard-to-get act. To retire would mean giving up at the peak of his power and bidding farewell to aspirations reaching to his days as a Future Farmers of America speech champ living on a hardscrabble ranch 24 dirt-road miles east of Midvale. But calling it quits at 63 would mean more time with nine grandchildren, an end to the beating he’s taking over his gutsy leadership on immigration reform, and the prospect of making millions as a lobbyist. Craig told me he will announce his plans in mid-September. He hasn’t picked a setting. “Nor have I picked the words,” he said, shaking his head as if to marvel at his inner conflict — Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman.

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Question: Would you like to see Larry Craig seek re-election?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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