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Monday, October 09, 2006

Speaker Hastert and the Truth

It appears that Speaker Hastert might have a hard time with the TRUTH.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's chief of staff confronted then-Rep. Mark Foley about his inappropriate social contact with male pages well before the speaker said aides in his office took any action, a current congressional staff member with personal knowledge of Foley and his behavior with pages said yesterday.

The staff member said Hastert's chief of staff, Scott Palmer, met with the Florida Republican at the Capitol to discuss complaints about Foley's behavior toward pages. The alleged meeting occurred long before Hastert says aides in his office dispatched Rep. John M. Shimkus (R-Ill.) and the clerk of the House in November 2005 to confront Foley about troubling e-mails he had sent to a Louisiana boy.

The staff member's account buttresses the position of Foley's onetime chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, who said earlier this week that he had appealed to Palmer in 2003 or earlier to intervene, after Fordham's own efforts to stop Foley's behavior had failed. Fordham said Foley and Palmer, one of the most powerful figures in the House of Representatives, met within days to discuss the allegations.

Apparently, Foley's chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, is prepared to testify under oath that he arranged a meeting between Foley and Hastert's chief of staff, Scott Palmer, and that the meeting took place.

Need more evidence that Speaker Hastert has a TRUTH problem?

Hastert maintains that he knew nothing of Foley's actions until last week, when the story first broke and Foley resigned. His stance contradicts that of House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.), both of whom said they had informed Hastert this spring.
Why does the Republican Party seem to have a Sleazy-Speaker problem?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

since sbc has been in bed with the republican party and all it has become for lo these many yrs, do you think we will ever "talk" about it openly or will it continue to be the elephant in the room

9:12 PM

Blogger D.R. said...

BDW, why have you not come out in opposition toward those Democratic operatives and those news agencies who knew of not only the emails, but the more vile instant messages? What of those who knew more than Hastert and yet did nothing until October? Don't they deserve double condemnation? Why aren't any Dems talking about them? And why didn't they care about the children that Foley was seducing?

9:37 PM

Blogger Big Daddy Weave said...

Democrats have addressed this issue - which nothing by another GOP conspiracy theory. When the going gets rough, point the finger at anyone other than yourself.

Media Matters - CNN Still Advancing GOP Conspiracy Theory

Though Foley isn't the only problem.
The Best Bill Maher Rant Ever.

Warning, a dirty word or two.

9:54 AM


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