First he said it was his "intent" to resign. Then his people put out the story that he might not resign. And now a spokesman says that Sen. Larry Craig has once again all but dropped any thought of trying to hold on to his Senate seat.
"The most likely scenario, by far, is that by October there will be a new senator from Idaho," Craig spokesman Dan Whiting is telling the Associated Press.
For Craig to stay, Whiting says, he'd have to succeed in getting his guilty plea withdrawn in the Minnesota men's room incident and in getting the Senate Ethics Committee to drop an investigation into the matter. Whiting acknowledges that the twofer is a tall order.
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.