by Caro, Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 10:13:13 AM EDT
Thanks to Ted T. for bringing this up at just the right time.
On behalf of congressional candidate JOHN LAESCH (but not from his political committee)
So, who is the candidate opposing Denny Hastert in Illinois's 14th congressional district? A U.S. Navy veteran, a labor union guy, a straight-shooter. What more could we ask for?
Well....some financial support for his campaign would be nice -:)
Here's where you go to take care of that: http://www.john06.com/
Right now is when we can tie down Hastert so he can't travel around the country campaigning and raising money for other (R)'s.
Thanks for your support!
Posted by Carolyn Kay
by Matt Stoller, Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 08:33:57 AM EDT
There's some major ass-covering going on at the FBI on this Mark Foley matter.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) wrote to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General's (I.G.) office today to ask for an investigation into why the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has fabricated and disseminated a cover-up story as to why it never investigated the Foley emails sent to it by CREW.
CBS News has reported that according to the FBI when CREW gave the Bureau the original set of emails from Rep. Mark Foley to a former House page, they were "heavily redacted." The FBI is also claiming that it came back to CREW and asked for more information so that it could follow up, but that CREW refused to provide anything further. Reporters from several other news organizations have repeated this allegation. The FBI is lying.
On Monday, October 2, CREW sent a letter to the DOJ I.G.'s office, attaching exact copies of the emails CREW had sent to the FBI on July 21, 2006. Both the former page's name and the person to whom the page forwarded Rep. Foley's emails were clearly visible. Moreover, after CREW sent the emails to the FBI, CREW's only subsequent contact with the Bureau was one telephone call from the special agent to whom CREW had sent the material confirming that the emails were from Rep. Foley. CREW had no further contact with the FBI.
In contrast with this new explanation for failing to investigate the Foley matter, The Washington Post has reported that an unnamed FBI official stated that the Bureau decided not to investigate after concluding that the emails "did not rise to the level of criminal activity."
Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director said today, "the FBI cannot have it both ways; either it failed to investigate the Foley emails because they did not rise to a level of criminal activity or because it did not have adequate information to do so. Pick one.
Wow. Is Gonzales involved? I would guess not, as this looks like a standard big organization cya maneuver. But with this group it's hard to be too cynical.
by Matt Stoller, Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 08:12:19 AM EDT
Update: 61% of Americans believe the Republicans protected Foley.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of American adults believe that Republican leaders have been protecting [Mark] Foley for several years. A Rasmussen Reports national opinion survey conducted Tuesday and Wednesday nights shows that only 21% believe that the leadership just learn[ed] about Foleys problems last week.
The polls are starting to come out.
Republicans, already struggling against negative public perceptions of Congress, now face voters who say new scandals will significantly influence their vote in November.
With midterm elections less than five weeks away, the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that about half of likely voters say recent disclosures of corruption and scandal in Congress will be very or extremely important when they cast their vote next month.
The poll of 1,501 adults, including 741 likely voters, occurred Monday through Wednesday as House Republican leaders came under increasing pressure to explain what they knew of sexually explicit messages from former Rep. Mark Foley of Florida to teenage pages.
More troubling for Republicans, the poll found that by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 likely voters says Democrats would be better at combatting political corruption than Republicans.
The Foley scandal, fueled by new revelations each day, has put Republican leaders and GOP candidates on the defensive, forcing them into a political detour just as they were preparing their final offensive against Democrats to save control of Congress.
The poll also found that President Bush's efforts to depict the war in Iraq as part of a larger campaign against terrorism and to portray Democrats as weak on national security was not altering the political landscape.
Disapproval of Bush's handling of the war in Iraq was at 61 percent among likely voters, a slight uptick from the 58 percent who disapproved last month. A majority of likely voters also disapproved of Bush's handling of the war on terrorism, a conclusion that mirrored past attitudes.
I asked for emails from people in the field a few days ago, and they tracked with this. There is a sickness in the Republican base, an anger and revulsion at the Foley revelations. We're going to regret not having more voter registration programs out in the field, as there will be a bunch of races where our lack of interest in our voters will mean some lost races. This is very bad news for the Republicans. If I had to guess, this Foley scandal hits them on national security, because it shows that they are not moral-kickass types, but creepy child predators and cover-up artists.
by Anthony de Jesus, Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 12:28:33 AM EDT
Stacey Tallitsch has conservatives online apoplectic about this very, very recent ad (which I serendipitously came across while searching for something else). He's running against Indian-American Bobby Jindal in the fairly conservative 1st Congressional District in Louisiana. It's supposed to be safe enough that it is off the political radar, but I am sure some of you will enjoy it.
Via YouTube because I can't seem to embed it properly.
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 06:07:12 PM EDT
Republicans are putting almost everything into the effort to somehow blame Democrats for the scandal surrounding disgraced GOP deputy whip Mark Foley. The tortured logic behind this push: Insinuating the Democrats were behind the leak and thus are somehow at fault.
Well, an article by Alexander Bolton on the front page of tomorrow's issue of The Hill newspaper shoots down the Republican argument fairly quickly. The person who enabled reporting on Rep. Foley's improper and immoral interactions with underage pages was a "paid GOP staffer".
The source who in July gave news media Rep. Mark Foley's (R-Fla.) suspect e-mails to a former House page says the documents came to him from a House GOP aide.
That aide has been a registered Republican since becoming eligible to vote, said the source, who showed The Hill public records supporting his claim.
The same source, who acted as an intermediary between the aide-turned-whistleblower and several news outlets, says the person who shared the documents is no longer employed in the House.
But the whistleblower was a paid GOP staffer when the documents were first given to the media.
At every turn in this story, Republican claims have been proven false within hours of being uttered. Yes, the fact that a member of the Republican leadership in the House engaged in purely wrong relationships with House pages is damning. Extremely damning. Damning enough to help convince voters to throw out the GOP Congress -- if they hadn't decided to do so already.
But as damning as the exposure of Mark Foley is, so too is the exposure of Republicans for what they are: cynics of the worst kind who are willing to knowingly lie to the American public simply to try to save their grasp on power.Update [2006-10-5 0:10:33 by Jerome Armstrong]:
Drudge Report has helped to out the Republican (Deputy Campaign Manager for Ernest Istook) that participated in the IM discussion with Mark Foley. A site called "Passionate America" captured the IM name that ABC screwed up in leaving on one of the pages they put on the web (lawsuit?) and traced it back. The Freepers think this shows that the youth was a few months over 18, and that somehow this is all going to backfire on Democrats now (delusional). ABC says that the youth and Foley sent messages before and after the age of 18, and all the indications/leaks are that there are others as well. It's an ugly turn for the Republican partisans to be outting a victim of Foley, and how low they go seems to be the only thing left to determine in this unfolding scandal.