The Note: Wherever the Evidence Leads, Part XV

The Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes has a must-read front-page look at "the hot seat" that Rep. Reynolds finds himself in. The Journal Notes that Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), a member of the House ethics committee, suggested during a Monday conference call with GOP House members that "every member contact the parents of the pages they'd sponsored, to provide reassurance and perhaps learn of other problems. 'We seem to be forgetting that this is all about the children. We keep talking about who did what to whom, and who's covering up,' she said yesterday in an interview."

Read to the end, in which Calmes points out that Reynolds did not join Boehner and Blunt in putting out a statement of support for Hastert yesterday.

Illinois Republican Rep. Ray LaHood, a regular winner of the LaHood Award, appears worried that the Foley scandal may leave his party's base dispirited. LaHood seems to believe this scandal doesn't bode well for GOP congressional candidates like Peter Roskam who is locked in a fight to the finish with Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth. The Chicago Tribune has that story. LINK

The Washington Post's Alan Cooperman reports that in Minnesota's conservative 6th Congressional District, "the loosening of the GOP's hold on religious voters is helping Patty Wetterling, an antiwar Democrat, run an unexpectedly close race against Republican state Sen. Michele M. Bachmann, who has made opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage her signature issues." LINK

Conversely, per Bob Von Sternberg of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Democrat Patty Wetterling's attempt to capitalize on the Foley scandal in her bid for Minnesota's open sixth district seat has been largely unsuccessful. LINK

Jennifer Mooney Piedra reports that although Iraq, taxes and Social Security were all discussed, Foley was the center of the debate between Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL) and Ron Klein. LINK

Palm Beach Post on the Shaw/Klein debate: LINK

Anne Saunders of the AP writes that Democratic congressional candidate Paul Hodes accused Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) of being hypocritical for not calling for Hastert's resignation like he did when North Country Councilor Ray Burton was involved in a sex scandal. LINK

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports that Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) and Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) both had harsh words for Speaker Hastert and called on him to resign if he knew anything about the Foley situation earlier than he has indicated. LINK

The Hartford Courant's David Lightman writes that those most likely to benefit from Foley's downfall are Democratic women running for public office, most Notably Diane Farrell (D-CT) in her race against Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT). Note that Farrell's daughter was a Senate page in 2002.LINK

Foley: the gay Republican angle:

In light of the Foley scandal, ABC News' Jake Tapper writes about the discrepancy between a Republican Party that fights against same sex marriage but also accepts gay congressmen and their staff. "A question now being debated is whether Foley's homosexuality is part of the problem of what led to his inappropriate behavior with pages -- or, conversely, whether it stemmed at all from the fact that Foley felt forced to hide his orientation," writes Tapper in his story on abcnews.com. LINK

Tapper also provides "A Brief History of Gays In Government." LINK

The Los Angeles Times and The Hotline's Marc Ambinder on the same. LINK

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Foley: the messages:

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