Thursday, November 23, 2017
As revelations over former Republican Rep. Mark Foley's bizarre behavior gets more and more lurid, the pressure on Speaker of the House Dennis J. Hastert to resign increases. In addition, Republicans say more disclosures involving other members of Congress may be coming.

Even Hastert's staunchest supporters say the embattled Speaker mishandled the Foley affair and Republicans scramble to distance themselves from their leader with the same determination they use to avoid their unpopular President.

The Speaker tells different stories at different times. On Rush Limbaugh's radion show, he claimed the told Foley to resign. He later told a reporter he didn't. GOP strategists say Hastert's growing credibility problems may be the final nail in the GOP's political coffin with just 34 days to go until the critical November elections.

Watchdogs play key role


Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, ex-White House chief of staff Karl Rove, and now, Mark Foley, the Florida congressman who resigned Friday as a seamy sex scandal broke around him.

What these controversial public figures have in common is that they all have found themselves in the bull's-eye of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, legal advocates leading the charge from the liberal side of the spectrum against government officials who, in their view, do wrong.

Political fallout increases


From one direction, embattled House Speaker Dennis Hastert took it on the chin Tuesday when an influential conservative newspaper demanded his resignation for not intervening sooner in what has become the biggest sex scandal to rock Washington since the days of Monica Lewinsky.

FBI will interview pages


FBI agents plan to "authenticate" the widely distributed sexually explicit Internet transcripts between former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., and one-time House pages and will be interviewing the teenagers, a Department of Justice official said Tuesday.


Here is a cast of characters and memorable quotations in the rapidly expanding scandal around former Rep. Mark Foley, including other members of Congress and staffers caught in the fallout.

First it was alcoholism. Now disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley claims a pedophile priest is responsible for his problems.

Foley, who resigned amid disclosures of his inappropriate behavior with young male pages on Capitol Hill, now says a priest molested him when he was a young man.
President George W. Bush tried in vain Tuesday to turn attention away from the mushrooming scandal involving the GOP's mishandling of the Rep. Mark Foley Scandal but his escalating rhetoric on familiar campaign themes fell short.

Bush's frantic attempts showed the level of desperation that is sweeping through Republican camps as the party tries to recover from the latest scandal.


Given that I am a passionate (some say crazed) liberal, people are surprised when I tell them I've probably voted for almost as many Republicans as Democrats.

While most of the attention this week has focused on the questionable sexual activities of former Republican Congressman Mark Foley, a Democratic state senator in West Virginia finds himself painted, so to speak, in less than flattering ways.

Photos showing State Sen. Randy White of West Virginia wearing only body paint and cavorting with two other men have placed his political future in doubt.
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is a perfect poster child for the Republican Party: Bloated and out-of-control.

With his multiple chins spilling over a too-tight dress shirt collar, Hastert is at once buffoon and bluster - a belching dispenser of contradictory hot air spilling out of an out-of-shape mass of fat. But he's also very, very dangerous.