Confusion still looms around the curious case of Congressman Foley. Fingers have been pointed, statements have been issued (and retracted) and a wide variety of investigations havae been suggested. What we do know is that the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is as guilty as Foley for his actions and potential felonies against Capitol Hill pages.
We need to hit these bums where and when it hurts them the most: in their congressional districts on November 7th! Here's a list of Foley's enablers in the Republican leadership and the good men running against them...
Hastert is in trouble. He's getting heat from the left, of course, but also from conservatives (including the Washington Times). Hastert's opponent, John Laesch, has gone on the full offensive and is framing the Speaker's involvement in the cover-up as part of a larger problem. He highlights here how Hastert is covering up and raising money for Pennsylvania Congressman Don Sherwood, who "beat and strangled his mistress". Laesch is true blue, anti-war and a Navy vet to boot.
House Majority Leader John Boehner (Ohio 8)
Mort Meier is a longshot in this crimson red district. Meier has not been well-funded. He's not well-organized. But he's running against one of the most corrupt politicians (even before Foleygate) on the Hill. Meier is a Korean War veteran and a real Progressive: he highlights a minimum wage increase, the environment and education as his top priorities.
NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds (New York 26)
Of all the Foley enablers, Reynolds is in the deepest shit. His Chief of Staff used to be Foley's: the man who tried to make a deal with ABC to keep them from releasing the lude instant messags (and failed). Despite knowing of Foley's, um, idiosyncracies (he confirmed this and said he told Hastert), Reynolds accepted a big fat check for $100,000 from Foley to help fund the Republican effort to hold on to the U.S. House. Reynolds is the focus of the question: "Did the GOP keep the Foley thing quiet because he was such a good fundraiser?"
Jack Davis wants to know. Davis was slow in responding to Foleygate but has gotten really aggressive. Of the candidates running against Foley's enablers, he's got the best shot. He's neck-and-neck with Reynolds and the Green party candidate (who was polling 8%) dropped out of the race since the last poll. NY-26 is officially a toss-up now that the local press has their fingertips deep in Foleygate.
Chairman of House Page Board John Shimkus (Illinois 19)
Talk about enabling Foley, Shimkus actually helped arrange a private dinner between Foley and a Capitol Hill page. Furthermore, Shimkus hid Foley's perversion from the two other members of the House Page Board including Republican Shelley Capito who is furious with Shimkus.
In the latest polls, Danny Stover is trailing Shimkus by a mere 5.5%. In a district as independent as IL-19, Stover is a '90s Democrat. But he's got the gusto to make this thing a real contest. By next week, don't be surprised to see Stover tied with or leading Shimkus. A little money could a go a long way in this race.
All of these districts have been "David and Goliath" stories up until Foleygate. But if you truly believe that Foley's enablers are guilty, put your money where your mouth is. These guys have a powerful message but they aren't going to win without some financial muscle.