Tag Archives: Mark Foley

Denny In The Political Graveyard?

October 10th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

From AmericaBLOG:

Hastert Graveyard

Note to the Hastert advance team: Maybe the graveyard background wasn’t the best idea… I’m just sayin’…

NRCC Chief In Slide

October 9th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) is in big trouble. Not only is his party losing its grip on power, he is going to lose his seat in under thirty days.

Reynold’s is toast. He just went up on the air with a lame, weak apology. He looks desperate, sad and just plain weak.

WROC TV:

Republicans are bracing for the final four weeks of the campaign season, hoping to avoid fallout from the Foley scandal.

A new poll indicates New York Representative Tom Reynolds re-election effort is being threatened. His challenger Jack Davis has a significant lead in the latest poll.

A Zogby poll conducted for the “Buffalo News” shows Democrat businessman Jack Davis leading Reynolds 48 percent to 33 percent.

In addition, 32 percent said the congressman should be re-elected, while 58 percent said it’s time for someone new.

Critics are blasting Reynolds for not doing enough when he found out about some “overly friendly” emails from Foley to a teenage House page.

The GOP’s favorite maverick Senator – John McCain is STILL raising money for the embattled Reynolds. Again, John McCain is raising campaign funds for one of the men who helped to cover up the GOP predatorgate scandal. This man wants to be the next President?

If you live in the district, go out and get to work for Jack Davis.

Getting Bad For Hastert

October 4th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

From AmericaBLOG:

AP: Former chief of staff to Tom Reynolds and Mark Foley says he warned Hastert’s office two years ago about Foley…

A senior congressional aide said Wednesday that he alerted House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s office two years ago about worrisome conduct by former Rep. Mark Foley with teenage pages.

Kirk Fordham told The Associated Press that when he was told about Foley’s inappropriate behavior toward pages, he had “more than one conversation with senior staff at the highest level of the House of Representatives asking them to intervene.”

The conversations took place long before the e-mail scandal broke, Fordham said, and at least a year earlier than members of the House GOP leadership have acknowledged.

Leave your predictions in the comment box. I say Hastert has 24 hours left.

War

October 4th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

Even though I have to admit it’s fun watching the unraveling of the Republican Party in the aftermath of the Rep. Mark Foley scandal, we can’t stop talking about the big issue: Iraq.

Everywhere we go throughout America all we hear is Iraq Iraq Iraq. Americans finally believe that they’ve been misled by the Bushies and that this Administration and Congress has failed miserably since we toppled Hussein and therefore completed the mission.

Yesterday was one of the bleakest days in Iraq in sometime and it seems that things are only get ting worse by the day over there.

From the NYTimes:

BAGHDAD, Oct. 3 — Eight United States soldiers were killed Monday in Baghdad, the United States military said, the most in the capital in a day since July 2005.

Four of the soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack; the four others were killed by small-arms fire in separate incidents.

Monday’s loss also represented one of the highest nationwide death tolls for American troops in the past year. In late August, nine soldiers and a marine were killed in a day. But before that, the last time eight or more soldiers were killed in hostile action was last November.

“Obviously this was a tragic day, with eight killed in 24 hours,” said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a military spokesman.

The deadly day set back efforts by American and Iraqi troops to tame the sectarian violence that continues to besiege the capital. Since August, the military has made securing Baghdad a priority, pouring in additional troops and conducting neighborhood sweeps.

But the violence has continued, spiking over the last week with the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Military officials said last week that suicide bombings in Baghdad were at a record. At least 17 soldiers and marines have been killed since Saturday, most in Baghdad or Anbar Province, where fierce fighting continues between marines and Sunni insurgents.

In another bit of news, it seems that an entire Iraqi brigade trained by the U.S. Military was actually working against the U.S. and helping to “embolden” insurgents.

From the AP:

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi authorities have taken a police brigade out of service and returned them to training because of “complicity” with death squads in the wake of a mass kidnapping in Baghdad this week, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.

The kidnapping took place on Sunday, when gunmen stormed into a frozen meats factory in the Amil district and snatched 24 workers, shooting two others. The bodies of seven of the workers were found later but the fate of the others remains unknown.

Denny Must Go

October 4th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

Denny Hastert

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) is in big trouble. He’s desperately back pedaling, trying to find excuses, but at the end of the day, Hastert cares more about politics than he does this great nation.

Hastert is part of a major Congressional cover up – an organized campaign to protect a known pedophile in the GOP ranks.

A message to Dennis Hastert: resign your post, Mr. Speaker. You are the leader of a party that has lost touch with American values and you must go.

Even the uber-conservative Washington Times agrees.

Time to go, Denny. Sorry, but you brought it on yourself.

The Minivan Rolls On…

October 2nd, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

Day 14
5:20 PM ET.

Team DoubleSpeak just wrapped up disc one of Bill Clinton’s autobiography, My Life. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the book, read to me by the one and only, Bubba Clinton.

We’re stuck in traffic and are eager for things to clear up so we can get to Ohio by Monday Night Football. (Go Birds!)

In today’s Congressional Pedophile watch: Foleygate is really heating up. We are listening to news reports and it seems the fallout is continuing and really starting to spiral. It is beyond understanding to me why the GOP leadership covered up this story.

They had a pedophile in their ranks and instead of doing what was right for the country, they did what was right for their political party. They allowed Foley to get away with a free pass and now that they got caught in their web of lies, they are all back pedaling – trying to figure out a way to justify their unconscionable actions.

The Florida GOP has picked state Rep. Joe Negron to replace Foley on the ballot in the November election. This interesting thing is – Negron will have to run under Foley’s name. As the law stands now, it is too late to replace Foley on the ballot.

I wonder how they’ll end the TV commercials:

“What Rep. Foley did was despicable and beyond comprehension. As your Representative in Congress, I’ll never betray the public trust and I’ll stay off AIM, period! Let’s put this Foley debacle behind us – I’m Mark Foley and I approve this message.”

The Dems shouldn’t have any problem picking this seat up. You thought Florida voters were confused in 2000! Oye.

What a wild and crazy world we live in.

More from Ohio later.

-Peter

White House Spokesman

October 2nd, 2006 by Joshua Skaroff

Tony Snow said this morning on CNN’s American Morning that “I hate to tell you, but it’s not always pretty up there on Capitol Hill. And there have been other scandals, as you know, that have been more than simply naughty e-mails.” – That is the White House response? Naughty e-mails? We’re talking about a sexual predator in the U.S. Congress, not just some ‘naughty e-mails.” Think Progress has the video.

On The Road Again

October 2nd, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

Day 14
8:14 AM ET.

Are there Dunkin Donuts in Ohio? If not, than I don’t really want to go there.

The leaves are beginning to turn in New England and it should be a beautiful drive through the Berkshires. We are listening to NPR and catching-up on the news of the day. Drudge is reporting that Congressman Mark “LOL” Foley is checking himself into rehab. I can’t wait for the first Barbara Walters interview in a couple months. Picture this- soft lighting and a clean-shaven Mark Foley responding to Barbara Walter’s soft-ball question about his “recovery”:

“I had a severe drinking problem and I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve taken the time to get treatment and in doing so have I’ve learned a lot about myself. Now that I’m off the sauce, I am a new man and because I’m not drinking I’ll be a better man. I am an alcoholic.”

What Mark Foley won’t mention is that he’s a pedophile and that had nothing to do with his drinking problem, if he has one at all.

Sad.

OK, back to news. We will keep you posted as we head west.

Alex Madorsky, here we come.

-Matthew

Quote of The Day

October 1st, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

“If they knew or should have known the extent of this problem, they should not serve in leadership.”

-Chris Shays (R-CT), in reference to the Republican leadership withholding information regarding the Rep. Mark Foley scandal.

What Did They Know?

October 1st, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

The Washington Post has some more details this morning about what Republican leaders knew in the months prior to Rep. Mark Foley’s resignation over illicit conversations he had online with a Congressional Page.

Whoops.

From the Wapo:

Hastert’s aides learned in the fall of 2005 only of e-mail exchanges that House officials eventually deemed “over-friendly” with the Louisiana teenager, the speaker’s office said yesterday in a lengthy statement. “While the Speaker does not explicitly recall this conversation” with Reynolds, the statement said, “he has no reason to dispute Congressman Reynolds’s recollection that he reported to him on the problem and its resolution.”

Boehner and Reynolds said their offices learned of the Foley e-mails months ago from Rep. Rodney Alexander (R), who sponsored the page from his northeastern-Louisiana district.