September Surprise: Reynolds Says He Told Hastert About Foley
by Chris Bowers, Sat Sep 30, 2006 at 02:14:31 PM EDT
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.