The Note: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, Part III

Roberta Combs, head of the Christian Coalition, expresses disappointment with Foley and the GOP's House leadership while Tom McClusky of the Family Research Center, says: "If more is found out, that's when I think people should start calling for his head."

Hastert's home state paper, the Chicago Tribune, wraps the Speaker's presser and asks why Rep. Boehner suggested to Rep. Alexander that the Foley matter be referred to Rep. Reynolds. LINK


The Kansas City Star reports that Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) spokesman Burso Snyder said "The first time Cong. Blunt heard anything about the Foley matter was Thursday of last week when ABC broke the story" and that "no leadership meetings" were held on the issue, but rather some "one-on-one conversations among members." LINK

Foley: political fallout:

ABC News' Mark Halperin on "Good Morning America" on the Foley story: "They're terrified," he said of Republicans. "The election before was balanced perfectly no one knew which way it was going to go. It's all going one way right now. Republicans are now in danger because of this scandal with older voters, with female voters, with religious voters - that makes up a lot of people who are going to be in this election. It's big trouble and Dennis Hastert, as you just reported in the news, may face pressure today to resign from other quarters . It's a big problem and it's growing, it's not shrinking - which is what Republicans, of course, had hoped."

In a total must-read, the Washington Post's Dan Balz and Jim VandeHei report that GOP strategists fear that the Foley scandal "threatens to depress turnout among Christian conservatives," threatening GOP control of the House and Senate. LINK

The Washington Post duo Note that Republican operatives are "virtually ready to concede nearly a third of the 15 seats the Democrats need," among that potential third are: Foley's Florida seat, DeLay's Texas seat, Ney's Ohio seat, Sherwood's Pennsylvania seat, Kolbe's Arizona seat, and Hostettler's Indiana seat. What's more, some Republicans also said that Chairman Reynolds "could face an even tougher challenge for his Buffalo seat."

Gingrich guru Joe Gaylord goes on the record to say: "The thing I have said almost since this cycle began is the real worry you have is that [Republicans] just won't turn out. This is one more nail in that coffin."

On a conference call held late Monday afternoon, leaders from about six dozen socially conservative groups "were described as livid with House GOP leaders."

"In just the brief period since the Mark Foley scandal broke on Friday, a Democrat candidate from Louisiana's 1st Congressional District has already produced a campaign commercial trying to tie his Republican opponent, Bobby Jindal, in with Mark Foley," writes P.J. Gladnick on the "Newsbusters" blog. LINK

CNN reporter Sean Callebs interviewed Rep. Alexander (R-LA) in what is being billed as an exclusive. Alexander sponsored the page who received the "overly friendly" email which was passed on to the GOP leadership.

Alexander said, "My job was to protect the young man and his parents. . . and I failed and I apologize for that. The family has had a horrible week. The young man has begun to get some threats. And the media is beginning to seek his comments at home, at school."

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