"'The speaker has been preoccupied and distracted for more than a year,' one former leadership aide said."
"'Frankly,' said the second, 'he was tired.'"
"Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean disputed that assertion."
USA Today's Kiely and Jackson have Hastert's words to Rush saying, "I'm not going to do that," in response to the clamor by some for him to step down. LINK
The Hill's Patrick O'Connor reports that President Bush announced his support of Hastert to preside as Speaker over the investigation into the unfolding case, while Dr./Sen./Leader Frist offered only "mild support." LINK
The Washington Post's Al Kamen has sources telling him Monday that Hastert's Web site was recently highlighting an Aug. 29 news release about how "Hastert Drives Effort to 'Keep Kids Safe in Cyberspace.'" LINK
Foley: Reynolds' role:
ABC News' Teddy Davis Notes that with just over a month to go until Election Day, Rep. Reynolds' "all politics is local" strategy will be tested in his New York district because of his role in the Foley matter. LINK
The Washington Post's Michael Powell has Reynolds foe Jack Davis saying: "I want to beat Reynolds on my issues, but of course it's nice to have him screw up. When Reynolds heard about the problems with the pages, he should have shown due diligence and investigated. This is all about power and all about money, and it stinks." LINK
In former Rep. Tom DeLay's (R-TX) district, Democratic candidate Nick Lampson has called on his Republican opponent Shelly Sekula-Gibbs to donate the $10,000 she received from Rep. Reynolds' political action committee, Notes the Houston Chronicle's Mack. LINK
Robert Novak of the New York Post writes in his column today that former Rep. Foley "under continuous political pressure because of his sexual orientation, was considering not seeking a seventh term this year but that Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) talked him into running," even after reading the questionable emails. (sorry, no link available.)
In calling for an independent investigator, the Washington Post's ed board writes: "it's telling that Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) took the problem to the head of the GOP's campaign arm, Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (N.Y.), whose role is to get Republicans reelected. Was that the priority all along?" LINK
Foley: political fallout:
GOP lawmakers and conservatives fear more disclosures from other politicians will be exposed, per the AP. "'We have heard rumors that other, similar activity has occurred involving additional congressmen and will be released prior to the November elections,' said the Arlington Group, a coalition of 70 pro-family conservative groups." LINK
"If the Democrats can't take the Hill now, they deserve to go the way of the Whigs," writes Newsweek's Howard Fineman in his online column which explains how the Foley scandal is one easily understood by voters. LINK
The Washington Times reports that Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) said emphatically yesterday: "Mark Foley is a pedophile who should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Additionally, there needs to be a full and complete FBI investigation into this matter immediately. If it is found that any member of leadership, Republican or Democrat, or any member of Congress knew of the inappropriate conduct and did nothing to stop it, they should immediately resign from Congress."LINK