Which Republican will be the first to not accept Hastert's money now?
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 05:48:06 PM EDT
With Mike Sodrel adding himself to the list of those opting out on an in-district appearance with Hastert, it begs the question of who which Republican candidates will entertain Hastert? Hastert has said a couple of times that he's had like 31 scheduled events, most of them fundraising, for Republican House candidates before the November election. A week has went by, and all he's got so far is no-shows.
Could it be Scott Garrett of NJ?When asked if he would cancel an Oct. 16 fundraiser with Hastert, Garrett said until the investigations are complete he is "simply not willing to point fingers for the sake of political expediency." At least one GOP lawmaker -- Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky -- has canceled a fundraising appearance with Hastert.
Garrett's Democratic opponent, Paul Aronsohn, said by not canceling the fundraiser, Garrett is allowing his "silence to be bought."If Garrett goes through with this, might NJ's 5th become competitive?