The Note: Mistakes Were Made

The AP picks up on Sen. Dick Durbin's (D-IL) saying Sunday that Rep. Foley's actions were "disgusting" and "unforgivable" as he went on to criticize the entire Congress, "this is the biggest do-nothing Congress in history, by any objective standard, they deserve a failing grade?" LINK

Here's what the super-aggressive Florida Democratic Party is calling for:

The Foley Five - U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., U.S. House Majority

Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La. - all were aware of the danger posed by disgraced U.S. Rep. Mark Foley prior to last week's shocking revelations yet they did nothing (see timeline below).

At a minimum, to restore trust in American government, the following must happen:

1) A full and thorough investigation into the actions of the Foley Five;

2) The suspension of all campaigning and fundraising by the Foley Five until the investigation is complete;

3) A donation of $100,000 in Foley-contributed funds to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by the NRCC, and additional donations from Republican candidates who received tainted funds;

4) The resignation of Reynolds as NRCC chair.

Worried Republicans:

In a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) obtained by ABC News, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) calls for Hastert to "immediately initiate censure proceedings against Mr. Foley publicly condemning his actions and sending a clear message to the American people that his unspeakable behavior should subject him to the strongest punishment under the law."

Rep. Fitzpatrick also calls on the House of Representatives to take "immediate action" to strip Foley of "any benefits he might receive as a former Member of Congress."

Lastly, in calling for a criminal investigation of Foley, Rep. Fitzpatrick writes that it is "imperative" that "all such criminal investigations should include any individual who may have had knowledge of this incident, any prior incidents or related incidents and the actions of those individuals may have taken in the light of that knowledge."

Rep. Fitzpatrick is locked in a tight race for re-election against Democratic Iraq war vet Patrick Murphy. In recent days, a DCCC spokesman has been asking reporters what does Fitzpatrick think of Foley given that Fitzpatrick has campaigned against on-line sexual predators.

This is not the first time that Fitzpatrick has acted to show his independence from the GOP's national leadership. Earlier this year, he sent out a mailer to constituents with a message that "says NO to both extremes: No to President Bush's 'stay the course' strategy . . . and no to Patrick Murphy's 'cut and run' approach.'"

Rep. Fitzpatrick explicitly told ABC News this morning that he agrees with Shays' statement to the New York Times that if the Republican leadership knew or should have known the extent of this problem, they should not serve in leadership.

Fitzpatrick also said that if he had learned that a congressional page had received a message with which he had "some discomfort": "It would have prompted another series of questions perhaps a review of all the emails of the former congressman and the page and members of the page program."

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