September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hastert About Foley

This is getting good. The Republican leadership is starting to feed on itself:National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) issued a statement Saturday in which he said that he had informed Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) of allegations of improper contacts between then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and at least one former male page, contradicting earlier statements from Hastert.

GOP sources said Reynolds told Hastert earlier in 2006, shortly after the February GOP leadership elections. Hastert's response to Reynolds' warning remains unclear.

Hastert's staff insisted Friday night that he was not told of the Foley allegations and are scrambling to respond to Reynolds' statement. Here is the kicker--the fifty-state strategy actually is one of the main reasons why Reynolds is throwing Hastert under the bus. Because Reynolds is seriously threatened in his own district, he has to come clean on this and make it look like he did everything he could. He can't take one for the team here, because if he does, he could very well lose on November 7th. He can't pull a Boehner, who suddenly remembered that he actually had forgotten whether he told Hastert about Foley.

Someone wrote in the comments that scandals like these are why we challenge every seat. It could be easily argued that scandals like these are also why we should target the Republican leadership, hard, every election. After the CA-50 special election runoff, Republicans bragged that their 50 state media operation allowed them to spread Busby's "gaffe" nationwide instantly, and blanket the district with coverage of it. Well, now our determination to challenge every seat is giving even the Republican leadership no quarter. I love it when a plan comes together.

Dennis Hastert should start to consider resigning his leadership position. He has abandoned all oversight of how his caucus is run.

Update: (Via Democraticavenger in the comments). Reynolds is not out of the woods on this one. He donated to Foley's re-eleciton campaign in May, three months after he said he told Hastert about Foley's problems. Maybe Reynodls wants to call everyone who published his press release, and tell them that it turns out he remembers that he actually forgot too.

Tags: fifty-state strategy, House 2006, Republicans (all tags)

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Rohrabacher aide accused of child molestation

A former aide to Rohrabacher is embroiled in his own molestation scandal:

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/news/our-th ing/25902/

by ProgressiveDemFromOC 2006-09-30 02:17PM | 0 recs
Another GOP Sex Scandal: The Third


Flamed Out GOP Star Arrested For Child Sex Assault
Sep 29, 2006 -- 3:35 PM MDT
Cara DeGette

Randal D. "Randy" Ankeney, the convicted sex offender who just a few short years ago was a rising GOP star in Colorado, is being held on a $1 million bond in Larimer County.

Ankeney, 35, who was arrested Wednesday, is facing five counts of sexual assault on a child, three counts of sexual enticement of a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The felonies, if he is convicted, could send him to prison for life.

The charges come less than 15 months after the former attorney, head of Gov. Bill Owens' economic development office in Colorado Springs and graduate of the Republican Leadership Program, was released from prison after serving a two-year sentence for attempted sexual assault on a child.

http://www.coloradoconfidential.com/show Diary.do;jsessionid=4D86342CB24E8D0CE2C2 9C1D77C9DBB9?diaryId=749

by Tennessean 2006-09-30 04:58PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise:

I hope they all resign in disgrace that would be a nice shake up pre 11/7 wave

by Abraham Running For Congress When I Turn 25 2006-09-30 02:20PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise:

NY Times headline on article,"Along With Victories, G.O.P. Takes a Few Blows".

by FishOutofWater 2006-09-30 03:56PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise:
Yeah, because legalizing torture and using the Great Writ for toilet paper is what passes for a victory for Republicans. And now, for the baby eating!
by jsw 2006-09-30 04:22PM | 0 recs
More than just what Hastert knew...

Hastert's sins as leader may have been greater than just overlooking Foley's transgressions.  If Hastert did in fact know, he was responsible for this:

"Foley chaired the House caucus on missing and exploited children and was credited with writing the sexual-predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which Bush signed in July."

Well, you could say that Foley had some expertise with the issue, but I think voters would prefer more distance, in this case.

Source:  WaPo.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2006/09/29/AR2006092901574_ pf.html

by JJF 2006-09-30 02:24PM | 0 recs
Thanks Chris

And let me tell you, I found Matt's reference to you in the post below offensive.  I can't really imagine why he would he would say you were "mollified with 75% of Democrats voting against torture", when you were simply pointing out that it was inaccurate to tar all democrats with that vote.

by taylormattd 2006-09-30 02:24PM | 0 recs
Matt's Matt

Take a good read through Matt before getting too huffy about anything.  Matt has a pattern of acting a overboard.  Don't dwell on it.

by jcjcjc 2006-09-30 04:34PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast

Reynolds still screwed. Look here http://www.tray.com/cgi-win/x_polpactoca nd.exe?DoFn=H4FL1602106
He wrote Foley a check May 10th

From Roll Call
GOP sources said Reynolds told Hastert earlier in 2006, shortly after the February GOP leadership elections. Hastert's response to Reynolds' warning remains unclear.

Hastert's staff insisted Friday night that he was not told of the Foley allegations and are scrambling to respond to Reynolds' statement.

Following is the text of that statement.

"Rodney Alexander brought to my attention the existence of e-mails between Mark Foley and a former page of Mr. [Rodney Alexander's [R-La.]. Despite the fact that I had not seen the e-mails in question, and Mr. Alexander told me that the parents didn't want the matter pursued, I told the Speaker of the conversation Mr. Alexander had with me.

"Mr. Alexander has also said he took the matter to the Clerk of the House. An investigation was then conducted by the Clerk and [Illinois GOP Rep.] John Shimkus on behalf of the House Page Board.

"Mark Foley betrayed the integrity of this institution as well as the trust of his colleagues and constituents. There is no excuse, and he needs to be held accountable."

by Democraticavenger 2006-09-30 02:31PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast

This is a body blow. Anyone who gave money to Foley after being informed of what was going on is in serious trouble.

Ads need to go up about this pronto -- just keep them understated.

by Joe Gabriel 2006-09-30 04:11PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast

Somehow, when this happens to hypocrites, it makes the savoring that much more tasty. Are not all these Republicans supposed to be fine, fine Christians?

by Bill from Dover 2006-09-30 02:44PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast

Are not all these Republicans supposed to be fine, fine Christians?

Why do you think they are not?

Shouldn't the Republican priesthood be as capable of transgression and coverup as any other?

Barack Obama might want to rethink his advice that Democrats had best become Bible pounders.

When heretics and atheists sin it is only to be expected you would think and that the scandal comes when the religious fundamentalists do.  Doesn't seem to work that way these days.

Whatever the case, even Holy Joe Lieberman might want to reconsider claiming he is a better Christian than actual Christians.

Best,  Terry

by terryhallinan 2006-09-30 03:23PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast

If I were Hastert, I would avoid busy bus routes for the remainder of the weekend, at least.

by jwb 2006-09-30 02:47PM | 0 recs
Two things

1. Good A-team reference

2. The 50-state strategy is also working because we have a good challenger to Hastert himself in John Laesch! We just might be able to Tom Foley Denny Hastert because of Mark Foley.

by adamterando 2006-09-30 02:48PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast

a little credit, I sent the link.

by Democraticavenger 2006-09-30 03:04PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast
sorry.
by Chris Bowers 2006-09-30 03:17PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast
Thank you, for all of the money stuff, I did this diary. http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/9/30/1122 58/884
Which details all finicial dealing of Mark Foley. Including the fact niether Boehner nor Hastert  gave him money this cycle, even though they gave to almost all other semi-endangered members.
by Democraticavenger 2006-09-30 05:01PM | 0 recs
Re: September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hast

Hat tip to Talking Points Memo:

"It's vile. It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."

--Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), commenting on President Clinton, following release of the Starr Report, September 12, 1998.

by Brian CB 2006-09-30 03:22PM | 0 recs
AP's picking it up

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_o n_go_co/foley_reynolds

Very good sign going into Sunday.

by jcjcjc 2006-09-30 04:31PM | 0 recs
Re: AP's picking it up

This story is not going away.  If it were only Foley, it would have been a one day story but the actions of the Repub leadership completely change the dynamics.  And it is fun to watch the Repubs start fighting with each other.  This is shades of the Dems in 1994.

by John Mills 2006-09-30 05:00PM | 0 recs
fodder for media frenzy here

Democratic criticism and accusations against top Republicans can easily be dismissed by MSM news editors as partisan noise.

However, leading Republicans pointing fingers at each other over covering up potentially criminal behavior? That is what any editor would call newsworthy.

Kind of sad that the media never sank their teeth into the Abramoff story. But the Republicans have held ranks and the criminal behavior is a little confusing.

In contrast, this is so explosive and so easily grasped that Republicans are going to be blaming each other.

by desmoinesdem 2006-09-30 04:34PM | 0 recs
The Democratic Party Should Hammer This

I mean it. It speaks to the unimaginable hypocrisy and criminality in this GOP mafia. They're perverts, child-sex-predators, war criminals, corrupt bag men, and tyrants. They are despicable. They are evil.

As a former mental health professional who worked with children, I am mandated by FEDERAL LAW to report any suspicion of child abuse, neglect, sexual molestation or solicitation.

That Hastert, Reynolds, Shimkis, Alexander or the clerks who worked with them knew about this and refused to report it--IS CRIMINAL. That Reynolds gave money to Foley when he KNEW, is disgusting.

These people have no morals; every one of them should be arrested immediately and booked along with Foley: Solicitation of a minor; obstruction of justice; conspiracy to obstruct justice; Conspiracy to cover-up a crime; and Accessory after the fact.

I'm not an attorney and I don't play one on tv, nor did I spend the night in a Holiday Inn Express. I'm just pissed off that these people get away with such hideous criminal behavior.

by Tennessean 2006-09-30 05:07PM | 0 recs
Re: The Democratic Party Should Hammer This

In light of the fact that Dennis Hasert was told about Congressman Foley's activities and did nothing, Dem candidates should each demand that his or her republican opponent call for Hasert's resignation as speaker.

by hilltopper 2006-09-30 05:13PM | 0 recs
The most "Watergate-ish" of them all

Watergate was a felony--obstruction of justice--that involved covering up another set of felonies, breaking and entering and burgarly, among them. Although Nixon derided them as "third-rate," the original crimes were honest-to-god jail-time offenses that the average person could understand.

Foley's offenses are a cluster of felony sex crimes, like burglary, very easy to understand.

So covering up Foley's crimes is clearly reprehensible to the American people because they understand the nature of the original crime.

On the other hand, Iran-Contra, Whitewater, Clinton's Grand Jury testimony--all of these involved white collar/financial/constitutional/legal issues that average person found either hard to understand, boring or debatable.

But Hastert and his pals are guilty of covering up a serious, easy to understand crime--child molestation.

by stevehigh 2006-09-30 05:30PM | 0 recs
Re: The most "Watergate-ish" of them all

Well said.

by John Mills 2006-09-30 08:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Reynolds Says He Told Hastert

From Hastert's Web site:

"Hastert spent the first 16 years of his career as a government and history teacher at Yorkville High School ... In addition to teaching, he coached football and wrestling..."

Interesting, huh?

by Bush Bites 2006-10-01 02:24AM | 0 recs

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