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Via Buffalo Geek and Jane Hamsher, who have the YouTube video, NRCC Head Tom Reynolds is facing a barrage of questions about what he knew in the Foley scandal, when he knew it, and why he didn't do anything about it other than passing it off to Dennis Hastert.

So today he held a news conference, in which he "rented out a daycare facility" in order to surround himself with small children to talk about on Foley's sexual predation in the halls of Congress.

Even the reporters couldn't believe the rancidity of it:

Reporter: Congressman, do you mind asking the children to leave the room so we can have a frank discussion of this, because it's an adult topic.  It just doesn't seem appropriate to me.

Reynolds: I'll take your questions, but I'm not going to ask any of my supporters to leave. [...]

Reporter: Who are the children, Congressman?  Who are these children?

Reynolds: Pardon me?

Reporter: Who are these children?

Reynolds: Well, a number of them are from the community.  There are several of the "thirtysomething" set that are here and uh I've known them and I've known their children as they were born.

Reporter: Do you think it's appropriate for them to be listening to the subject matter though?

Reynolds: Sir, I'll be happy to answer your questions, I'm still, uh...

Hiding behind children. Literally, in this case, holding them up to shield himself from the questions the reporters were trying to ask.

I'm looking at this point for one man in the entire Republican leadership with the integrity of a fleabitten stray dog. I'm still looking for that one man.

Update [2006-10-3 20:9:19 by Hunter]: BuffaloBlogger clarifies that he didn't _literally_ "rent a daycare center", just commandeered the student center of a local college for his kids-on-parade press conference. So you know, it's not actual child labor for the GOP yet, LOL.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 03:54 PM PDT.

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