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As an assistant majority whip and the fourth-ranking member of the House of Representatives, just how much and for how long did Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) know about former Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate contacts with underage pages?

As many of you are well aware, Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) abruptly resigned Thursday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with regard to underage pages in the House of Representatives. But the story didn't stop there.

Reporters later uncovered that Republican House Leadership knew about the allegations for months, possibly years, and did everything they could to cover up the problem. Negligence at best, morally wrong and deceptive at worst, the Republican leadership showed just how wrong they are.

Still questions remain, including a few for Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. As an assistant majority whip and the fourth-ranking member of the House of Representatives, just how much and for how long did Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) know about former Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate contacts with underage pages? A few days? A couple months? A year or two?

To get some answers, the Bill Morrison campaign is sending out a press release to all the local media outlets.

Below is a copy of the text:

Contact: Christie Petrone
October 1, 2006                                         (404) 452-6490

CNN Reports on Justice Department Probe of Foley Case

MEMPHIS, TN--Congressional District 7 candidate Bill Morrison sought answers today about Republican House leaders' knowledge of Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate contacts with underage pages. Morrison's opponent, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), is an assistant majority whip and the fourth-ranking member of the House of Representatives.

CNN reported Sunday that House Speaker Dennis Hastert has asked the Justice Department to conduct an inquiry into allegations of a cover-up by Republican leaders.

"Voters in Tennessee's 7th District must question whether Marsha Blackburn truly represents our values," Morrison said. "It appears that the House leadership suffered a gross oversight at best, or engaged in unethical and potentially criminal actions at worst."

Bill Morrison is seeking the U.S. Congressional seat for
Tennessee's 7th District, which includes parts of Cheatham, Chester, Davidson, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, McNairy, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, Wayne and Williamson counties.


With less than 40 days remaining until November 7th, the Bill Morrison campaign needs its supporters now more than ever. We cannot win without your help! To donate to the campaign, please visit our website at and click on CONTRIBUTE ONLINE.

There is a storm of blue comin' to Tennessee! Are you ready?

Originally posted to win7 on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 09:46 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Morrison Campaign Is Getting It! (3+ / 0-)
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    sjs1959, annrose, davidkentholt

    Thank God, the Morrison campaign gets it and is trying to pin Republicans into a box. Get them on the record and let the new facts prove that the republicans are just covering up. A whole lot more races could suddenly become competive. Lying bastards!

  •  I agree and this should be hammered at... (2+ / 0-)
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    illinifan17, davidkentholt

    along with Marsha's other weaknesses! Has the Tennessean had anything on this yet?  If not, I feel an LTE coming on!

    Go Bill, Go!!!

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: that all men are created equal.

    by Moesse on Mon Oct 02, 2006 at 04:14:04 AM PDT

  •  Had Enough? (3+ / 0-)
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    illinifan17, GoldnI, davidkentholt

    Dear Friends,

    Below is a comment taken from . I would invite everyone to ask these questions of our current representative. We can not let her hide out and act like this is not an issue. Where does she stand? Why does she not speak out against the leadership? This is bigger then any election. I am a school teacher and a father. Enough of the politics! Ms Blackburn may not want to debate me but she had better answer me as a person who lives in this district. Will she stand up for our children or stand up for this cover up?

    Bill Morrison
    Candidate District 7

    From Polar Donkey
    I just called Congresswomen Blackburn's office. The intern that answered the phone wasn't very happy about my question. "what was Blackburn's position on the Foley situation?" She said Blackburn didn't support Foley and thought it was bad. Also said she didn't know anything it. I then asked if Blackburn was going to make a public statement about the situation. The intern said Blackburn wasn't planning too. I finally asked if Blackburn was going to support Hastert as speaker. The girl said Blackburn hadn't talked about this in the office and she wouldn't know.
    Interestingly, the intern wanted my address. I told her the address of where I work. Which is in Congressman Ford's district. She asked if I had asked Ford. I said, "why would I do that? He's a Democrat and he's not going to be in the congress no matter what to decide on who the speaker is?"

    call Blackburn's office 901-382-5811

  •  Also continue to hammer (1+ / 0-)
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    on Blackburn's pitiful performance on Hardball last Friday.  Faced with the AP poll of Iraqis which said 80% want us out and 60% want to kill us, she said, "I just don't believe that poll."  She makes her decisions based on her fantasies rather thatn actual information, and we all pay the devastating price.

    I am unable to find if Marsha took any mone from Foley's PAC.  It is "Florida Republican Leadership PAC."  Too bad.  

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Mon Oct 02, 2006 at 10:28:48 PM PDT

  •  Win7, (1+ / 0-)
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    Great diaries on Morrison!  Keep hammering at this!  Can't wait to see some GOP heads explode when we take back not only our Senate seat but one of their favorite House seats as well!  Good luck to yall!

    It's time for a New Generation of Leadership in Tennessee! Harold Ford Jr. for U.S. Senate 2006!

    by GoldnI on Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 08:45:12 AM PDT

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