The Note: Everything Is Relational

In its cover story, Newsweek reports, "On one night in 2002 or 2003, an allegedly inebriated Foley showed up at the pages' dorm after a 10 p.m. curfew and tried to gain entry, according to an account provided by two congressional sources, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. Foley was turned away by a guard. It is not known if the pages were ever aware that Foley lurked outside their door, but word of the incident reached the House Clerk, who notified Foley's chief of staff, Kirk Fordham." LINK

Foley: the gay Republican angle:

On Sunday, Mark Leibovich of the New York Times wrote about the network of gay Republican staffers featured prominently in the Foley story. LINK

Foley: Sunday chatter:

The AP's Hope Yen has former NRCC Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) calling for any Republican involved in a cover-up of the Foley scandal to step down and cites the last-minute scampering on the part of some of the GOP leadership this weekend. LINK

"Davis targets Foley cover-up," screams the Washington Times' front page. LINK

The New York Daily News' McAuliff wraps the Davis/LaHood Sunday morning hand wringing one month out from Election Day and conflicting accounts as to why Tom Reynolds was a no show on "This Week." LINK

Keying off Rep. Ray LaHood's (R-IL) comments on "Face the Nation," Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times writes that "even a close ally" of Hastert's "acknowledged Sunday that time was running short for the GOP to get onto more hospitable political terrain." LINK

Foley: Hastert's political travel:

The New York Post's Earle reports Speaker Hastert canceled a planned fundraising appearance at Mayor Bloomberg's home for Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY). LINK

In a story that looks at Hastert's upcoming fundraiser with President Bush in Chicago on Thursday, Bob Novak has one of Hastert's most sever Republican critics saying: "We are sure to lose the House, and Denny never would want to be minority leader." LINK

Foley: how's it playing:

While debating on "Meet the Press" yesterday, Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and Auditor Claire McCaskill (D-MO) showed their differing views on the Foley scandal, with McCaskill chastising Republicans for not taking earlier action and Talent advising to not to jump to conclusions. LINK

Rep. John Porter (R-NV), who at one time was a fundraising buddy of Foley, is now trying to distance himself from their fundraising committee, Physicians to Retain our Majority (PROM). A Porter aide said that "he didn't even attend" the events, he merely took the donations. LINK

Billy House of the Arizona Republic reports the differing opinions of Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) on whether Hastert should step down. While Pastor will "wait to see what the House Ethics Committee concludes," Grijalva believes "accountability stops with the Speaker of the House." LINK

At a rally for Democrat Charlie Brown in Lincoln, CA, former Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) said: "We all know what GOP means now," Cleland said. "It means grope our pages. And they are trying to cover that up, too." LINK

Brown is running against Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) who has refused (thus far) to return $2,000 he received from Foley in 2002.

Foley: Shimkus:

Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that a "very cautious Shimkus taped our phone conversation and said it was now his standard operating procedure for all of his interviews." LINK

Foley: FL-16:

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