The Note: The Mark of Truthiness

The Baltimore Sun's Jennifer Skalka and Matthew Hay Brown report that at yesterday's Maryland Senate debate, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R-MD) said: "We need to investigate every member who touched this matter. And if they are found conduct unbecoming, then they, too, should resign before they are removed." Asked whether this would include House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Steele said: "including the speaker." LINK

Be sure to Note that Steele said yesterday that Cardin should "learn to 'shut up and listen.'"

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) plans to donate the $2000 in contributions he received from former Rep. Foley's political action committee, Notes the Columbus Dispatch. LINK

The Hartford Courant's Elizabeth Hamilton reports on Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) being criticized by Democratic challenger Chris Murphy for her silence on the Foley issue and how the scandal is affecting other Connecticut races. LINK

Kendra Gilbert Notes in the New Hampshire Union Leader that Reps. Charlie Bass (R-NH) and Jeb Bradley (R-NH) "expressed their disgust" with ex-Rep. Foley, but stand behind the GOP leadership. And/but Bradley added, "If the FBI or the House Ethics Committee determines that there was misconduct by any member of Congress or affiliated staff, they should resign immediately." LINK

Roll Call's Susan Davis looks at how Republicans (especially those in tough campaigns) are looking to distance themselves from the GOP leadership in the House and rid themselves of Foley-related campaign cash.

"What did GOP Leaders know?," reads the Cincinnati Enquirer's headline. LINK

Foley: Democratic response:

The Hill's Josephine Hearn writes that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats are keeping quiet on the scandal, operating under the presumption that Republicans are digging their own political graves without assistance from the Left. LINK

Foley: follow the money:

The Tampa Tribune reports that Democrats in Florida have called on at least two candidates to return Foley donations: Vern Buchanan, who got $2,000 for his current race for the House seat Katherine Harris is vacating. Buchanan spokeswoman Sally Tibbetts said Buchanan donated $2,000 during the weekend to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee counties. U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw of Fort Lauderdale has donated $2,000 to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, representing money he got from Foley. LINK

The paper also reports that Harris, running for the U.S. Senate, who got $2,000 during her 2002 House race, has still not said whether she will return the money.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that NJ Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-7th Dist.) has given a charity the $2,000 he received from Mark Foley, the former congressman entangled in an e-mail sex scandal. LINK

Foley: op-eds and editorials:

Dick Morris writes in his column in The Hill that nothing sears the American psyche more than a sex scandal, predicting the Foley matter will be "the nail in the GOP coffin" like the Lewinsky scandal was for the Clintons'. LINK

More Morris: "It is not that the voters believe that all congressmen are child molesters, nor is it the details of what Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) knew, and when he knew it, that makes this scandal so important. Its centrality stems from the sheer arrogance and hypocrisy it demonstrates both on the part of Foley himself and his colleagues who hushed up the affair until it burst onto the public stage."

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