The Note: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, Part III

Democratic congressional candidate Chris Murphy seized the opportunity to criticize Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) for her silence on the Foley issue, writes Hamilton of the Hartford Courant. LINK

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls for House Republican leaders' testimony under oath, per Roll Call.

Foley: follow the money:

The Hill's Jonathan Kaplan on GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), Clay Shaw Jr. (R-Fla.), and Deborah Pryce (Ohio), getting rid of Foley's campaign contributions. Kaplan Notes that the NRCC will keep Foley's $100,000 donation made in July. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes reports that the Foley scandal carries the potential of uniting both Christian conservatives and suburban soccer moms in anger towards the GOP. LINK

"In Virginia, Dick Wadhams, the campaign manager for embattled Republican Sen. George Allen, said the campaign would donate its $5,000 from Mr. Foley to the charity Enough is Enough, a nonprofit group based in Great Falls, Va., that works against Internet-based pornography."

Thomas Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that GOP candidates were scrambling yesterday to cancel appearances with Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and return Foley-related campaign contributions. LINK

Foley: legal:

Speaker Hastert has asked DOJ to look into whether other lawmakers learned of Foley's email and failed to notify authorities. But the Washington Post's Mary Beth Sheridan reports that "legal experts said yesterday that it was unlikely any such third parties would face prosecution." LINK

Foley: editorials:

From the Miami Herald's editorial: "Some newspapers -- including this one -- knew of this message as well and did not find it worthy of a news story because it seemed innocuous. Thus, Democratic charges of a ''cover up'' of Mr. Foley's activities by the Republican House leadership seem not only premature but crassly political. But the discovery of other, more explicit, messages and confusion over who knew what and when raise questions that require answers -- preferably, under oath and soon." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's ed board writes that some of the liberals "now shouting the loudest for Mr. Hastert's head are the same voices who tell us that the larger society must be tolerant of private lifestyle choices, and certainly must never leap to conclusions about gay men and young boys. Are these Democratic critics of Mr. Hastert saying that they now have more sympathy for the Boy Scouts' decision to ban gay scoutmasters? Where's Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on that one?"

Foley: profiles:

From USA Today's Foley profile: "'There were two Mark Foleys,' says Rep. Clay Shaw, a fellow Florida Republican. 'One was a nice guy and the other is a child predator.'" LINK

Foley: miscellaneous:

Under a "The Redder They Are, The Harder They Fall" header, Paul Farhi writes in the Washington Post's Style section that the outcome of sex scandals in Washington seems to depend on "which party you represent. In recent years, for the most part, Democrats have been able to survive their sordid escapades while Republicans have paid with their political lives." LINK

The New York Times' Anne Kornblut and Katherine Seelye report that the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald knew of the email exchanges "long before" the story broke last week. LINK

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