This was a terrible strategy that backfired on Craig who should have known that the media would dig into the background of his children. Unsolicited advice to Craig, hire a good public relations person.
The criminal records of Michael Craig and Shae Howell, whom Sen. Craig adopted after marrying their mother, Suzanne, in 1983, call into question their credibility as character witnesses and further undermine and damage Craig's portrayal of himself as a defender of family values. For example, at least two women have sought restraining orders against Michael Craig, previously charged with statutory rape but the charges were later dismissed. Shae Howell even had an outstanding warrant for her arrest when she appeared on Good Morning America. She was charged with allegedly breaking into her estranged husband's home and destroying property.
More spin, Craig and his wife released a statement "Raising children in their teens and as they become adults is never an easy task. Few people have gone through life without a few bumps. Our kids have worked to get through their tough times, and we have supported them as families do. We have watched them grow to become loving and caring parents of our beautiful grandchildren. We love our children very much and stand by them even when they struggle."
So where do we go from here? Craig will continue to fight to get the guilty plea reversed and contest the case in court. Meanwhile he retains his senator seat. The legal process would take time, and the media and public would have moved on to something else. (Michael Vick who?) The public has a short memory. Personally, I do not feel that these misdemeanor charges should be enough to kick Craig out of office but that will have to be another post.