Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Boehner: Foley scandal is Speaker's "responsibility"
From CNN Ticker Producer Alex Mooney
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Majority Whip John Boehner, R-Ohio, says House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, assured him he had taken care of the matter involving former Rep. Mark Foley's, R-Florida, inappropriate e-mails to a congressional page, when he first learned of the situation last spring.
"I believe I talked to the speaker, and he told me it had been taken care of, and, and, and in my position, it's in his corner, it's his responsibility," Boehner told the Mike McConnell Show on Cincinnati's WLW 700, this morning. "The Clerk of the House who runs the page program, the Page Board, all report to the speaker, and I believe that it had been dealt with."
Source: CNN Political Ticker
Sure reads like Boehner is pinning some blame on Hastert! This incident could very well turn out to be an October surprise that turns the tables and gives the Democrats a majority. I have commented elsewhere that I expect a big late-October surprise from the Whitehouse to try and secure a Republican Majority in both houses. Not sure how you counter Foley's self-destruction and the cover-up by the GOP leadership.