Matt and Larry: The Interview

Oh, why wait until tomorrow: MSNBC has gone and posted the good stuff from their interview with U.S. Sen. Larry Craig.

Anchor Matt Lauer flew in to Eagle over the weekend to hang with Sen. Craig and his wife Suzanne, and to get the interview that KTVB Channel 7 will air tomorrow.

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From the interview: Craig takes swings at a few people he considers responsible for much of his current troubles after he was arrested in a gay sex sting in a Minneapolis airport bathroom in June.

The punches go, in the order they appear, to presidential candidate Mitt Romney first. Craig was Romney's campaign chair in Idaho until the Mormon Republican severed all ties to the tarnished Craig, calling his alleged acts "disgusting."

"He not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again," Craig told Lauer.

He told Lauer he knew nothing of the airport bathroom's reputation for seedy gay sex, because, he said, "I don't use the Internet. I don't have a computer at my desk. I e-mail with my Blackberry."

He says he'll stay on in the Senate, and appeal the court ruling against him.

In a separate interview with KTVB's Mark Johnson, Craig says he's just pursuing his right to justice as guaranteed by the Constitution.

"We don't know what the appellate court will say to me," Craig said. "Honestly, the appeals courts tend to defend the courts below them. It is my right to do what I'm doing. I've already provided for Idaho certainty that Idaho needed, I'm not running for reelection. I'm no longer in the way. I am pursuing my constitutional rights."

Update: The appeal has been filed. Go here to read the scintillating "we appeal" document (it's a PDF).