This is how ABC News' George Stephanopoulos dissected the politics of the Foley affair on this morning's "Good Morning America": "Right now it's a category 3 hurricane and it's picking up steam. Republicans all across the country are getting questions about it. But here's the key question: Did any Republican leaders know about those x-rated emails that" ABC's Brian Ross "is talking about? If they did, it's game over. The leadership will have to resign. It will cost Republicans control of Congress. As one top GOP aide told me this morning, 'the place will burn down'."
President Bush will get his first opportunity to speak out on the Foley situation at the bottom of his 9:25 am ET meeting with the special envoy for the Sudan. His second bite of the apple will come at the bottom of his 10:00 am ET meeting with the prime minister of Turkey.
Marine One departs the White House at 2:35 pm ET. The President is scheduled to make 8:35 pm ET remarks at a fundraiser for Republican Dean Heller in Reno, NV. He then heads to Stockton, CA where he will spend the night.
Vice President Cheney delivers remarks at a 2:30 pm ET luncheon for Barbara Cubin in Casper, WY. The Vice President attends a reception for Dennis Rehberg, and Montana Victory 2006, in Billings, MT at 7:30 pm ET.
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) raises money for Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) in West Chester, PA at 4:00 pm ET, according to a Democratic campaign source. Rep. Gerlach is in a tough race for re-election against Democrat Lois Murphy who is calling on Gerlach to return the $1,000 that he allegedly received from Foley.
Boehner told the Washington Post on Friday that he "had learned in late spring of inappropriate e-mails Foley sent to the page, a boy from Louisiana, and that he promptly told Hastert, who appeared to know already of the concerns. Hours later, Boehner contacted The Post to say he could not be sure he had spoken with Hastert." LINK
The 37-member executive board of the Florida Republican Party will hold a 1:00 pm ET closed meeting on Monday, Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel to choose a replacement nominee for Florida's 16th congressional district.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is in Washington, DC today, raising coin for the DCCC. As of this writing, Pelosi has no plans to speak out on camera about Foley today. On Tuesday, she will be in Florida for a previously scheduled prescription drug event with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) is in his district today, according to the NRCC. The self-described nuts-and-bolts county chairman is facing a competitive race with Democrat Jack Davis.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean is in Burlington, VT and DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) is in Chicago. Both are due back in DC on Tuesday.
The House is in recess and is not expected to reconvene until after the election on Nov. 9.
The AP is reporting that Foley "announced Monday through his attorney that he had been battling alcoholism and had checked into an unidentified rehabilitation facility for treatment over the weekend. "I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and have accepted the need for immediate treatment for alcoholism and other behavioral problems," Foley said in a statement released in Florida by his attorney, David Roth."
Here is the text of the letter faxed to ABC affiliate WPBF (and other news organizations):
October 1, 2006