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  •  When will Hastert Resign? (1+ / 0-)
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    Iowa Boy

    I dont see how he can hold out much longer. I think Shimkus and Reynolds will probably have to go at some point, too.

    •  The sort of pressure Republicans are putting on (4+ / 0-)
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      dmsilev, DC Scott, dallasdave, geejay

      OK, so I'm a former Republican voter, and I hope that carries a whole lot more weight than a lifetime Democrat saying these things ...

      Congressman Terry,

      I am writing you today regarding the pending resignation or removal of  John Shimkus as the head of the House’s page program committee.

       As the father of a fourth grader who makes off with my copy of Foreign Affairs I am paying particularly close attention to the handling of this matter. Given what I’ve seen so far I would never, ever allow my son to participate in the program.

       Mark Foley’s behavior is intolerable and shuffling him off to alcohol treatment gets him out of sight but neither I nor anyone else I speak to thinks this is sufficient.

       I’ve written you previously regarding Dennis Hastert. He knew. He did nothing. His ethical lapse put children in harm’s way. Get rid of him. Now.

       It would seem that Shimkus is equally culpable. Do you find it acceptable that a man who turns a blind eye to a pedophile in the Republican ranks ‘cruising’ underage pages REMAINS in a position of trust and authority regarding the page program?

       Call John Shimkus. Ask him to resign the position. If he doesn’t you should gather the other members of the house and eject him from that job. If it comes to that you should probably also have a pointed talk with him about resigning from the House entirely. Hastert and Shimkus are a national embarrassment and them attempting to hang on to their seats will cost the Republicans five times as many in other districts.

       I am white. I grew up in a rural area. I am a business owner. I am a gun owner. I was a party line Republican voter in 2000. The antics of the Republican party and the Bush administration have changed that. I’ve given the purchase price of a new AR-15 to Democratic candidates over the last few months and it pains me that I can not do more due to having so much money tied up in a new investment.

       That the Republican party tolerates people like Hastert and Shimkus knowing of such behavior and not acting promptly is merely another in a string of indicators that any of the much needed reform is going to be rammed down the Republican party’s throat by a Democratic House majority rather than driven from within by any sort of moral values.

        It is far too late for the 2006 elections. Start cleaning now and there might be hope in 2008.

       Iowa Boy

      "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise" - U.S. Constitution author and fourth President James Madison

      by Iowa Boy on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 02:18:01 PM PDT

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      •  And just in case the rep doesn't take the point (2+ / 0-)
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        Senators Hagel and Nelson,

          I am quite pleased to be in the position to again write a single letter that I can send to both of you regarding a nonpartisan issue.

          Attached to this you will find two letters I’ve recently sent Congressman Terry regarding the Mark Foley affair and the ethical lapses by several Republican leaders in the house which precede it.

          I have not said anything to Congressman Terry as I don’t believe there is any point in scolding him now, but I am aware that Lee Terry has no fewer than three good reasons to know of Foley’s conduct:

           • Lee Terry served directly with Mark Foley on the Missing and Endangered Children’s Caucus.
           • Lee Terry is one of twelve members of a pool of representatives who handle ethical concerns.
           • Lee Terry is an assistant deputy whip and thusly in a leadership position in the house.

         I’m quite curious as to what Terry’s explanation will be for inaction in this matter.

        As a very bare minimum the criminality of Foley has to be investigated and the ethical lapses of Hastert, Shimkus, and any others who knew and failed to act MUST be treated swiftly and sharply. I would personally prefer that a criminal conspiracy net be cast wide enough to involve  those who facilitated Foley’s conduct by turning a blind eye, but it would be in the best interest of the country if we did the required housecleaning immediately so we can return our focus to more weighty problems, such as extracting ourselves from the civil war in Iraq. If the guilty parties do not promptly resign a House ethics investigation should begin at once.

         I realize that you are Senators and this is a matter for the House of Representatives, but I hope that you have at least some influence in how this matter is handled.

          Iowa Boy

        "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise" - U.S. Constitution author and fourth President James Madison

        by Iowa Boy on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 02:18:54 PM PDT

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      •  Have you gotten any sort of response? (0+ / 0-)

        Even a form letter from a staffer or something?

        Nice letter.

        -dms

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        by dmsilev on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 02:25:52 PM PDT

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        •  the responses I get from my congressmen (1+ / 0-)
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           I get form letters back from both Senators and Lee Terry. Terry's are the most silly of the lot - they print "Mr. Boy", then its crossed out in this fake, blue ink and what looks like handwritten script is put above it with the personal touch of "Iowa". Each one is exactly alike :-)

           I read them when I get them but they say nothing - carefully worded so that there is something for everyone and nothing definitive. You have to give big bucks to get personal responses.

           Now with Jim Esch I can just show up at the campaign HQ - he is almost never there, but I had a long talk with his father the other day and the rest of the staff are quite accessible.

          "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise" - U.S. Constitution author and fourth President James Madison

          by Iowa Boy on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 02:30:06 PM PDT

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