The Note: The Mark of Truthiness

15. "RonBon" Bonjean (having survived Lott) is doing his trademark non-freakout, keeping his cool head amid the pandemonium of the Speaker's suite.

Meanwhile, the Speaker himself is out of that suite (except as a disembodied voice on a speakerphone, like a modern-day Charles Townsend) and apparently in Illinois.

With the House Ethics Committee set to convene tomorrow to discuss what the New York Times has dubbed the "page scandal," and the FBI preparing a full field investigation with possible grand jury testimony, there are enough process pegs to keep this story percolating for much of the remainder of the week.

Democrats will continue to call for House GOP leaders to testify under oath before the Ethics Committee once it has organized its investigation into the Foley matter.

Republican Members of Congress continue to take a wait and see approach on Hastert and his hold on to his position, with many discussions taking place behind the scenes.

First Lady Laura Bush's 12:25 pm ET open press appearance at a fundraiser for Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) in Amherst, NY provides a nice opportunity to look at what is arguably the most affected congressional campaign (other than Foley's district, of course) in the country. (Check out today's Washington Post editorial questioning (as Nancy Pelosi does) why the GOP campaign chief in the House was one of the first to be notified about Foley's emails. LINK

In recent days, Reynolds has raised eyebrows by indicating that the NRCC will not give back the $100,000 it recently received from Foley - after Rep. Reynolds was aware of the email exchange with the Louisiana page. An anti-Reynolds group of parents will hold a 12:00 pm ET event across the street from the hotel where Mrs. Bush is expected to speak.

Democratic candidates around the country continue to call on their Republican opponents to call for Hastert's head, return Foley-related financial contributions, and demand a full investigation.

Patty Wetterling, the Democratic candidate in Minnesota's 6th congressional district who has already launched a television ad on the Foley matter, has been tapped to give the Democratic radio address on Saturday. Wetterling is expected to address child safety, schools, and the Internet.

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) holds a 10:15 am ET campaign event in Springfield, MO where he will likely get asked about his thoughts on the Foley matter and Speaker Hastert's standing in the Conference.

Still out on the western campaign trail, President Bush attends a Rick Renzi for Congress reception at 10:20 am ET and then he signs a Homeland Security bill at 11:15 am ET at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ.

Later today, President Bush talks up Bob Beauprez, the GOP candidate for governor of Colorado at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood, CO at 3:40 pm ET.

Vice president Cheney delivers remarks at 11:20 am ET to troops at Fort Hood, Texas. Cheney later heads to a luncheon reception at 3:00 pm ET for the woman seeking to replace Tom DeLay in Congress, Shelly Sekula-Gibbs, at the Hyatt Regency in Houston, TX.

Before her appearance with Tom Reynolds, First Lady Laura Bush speaks at 9:30 am ET to a Curt Weldon for Congress breakfast in Springfield, PA. Mrs. Bush wraps up her day on the stump with a 5:00 pm ET reception for Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY).

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