The Note: Asking Ourselves Questions

Lynn Sweet's Chicago Sun-Times blog includes some details on Tony Snow's upcoming campaign appearance for Speaker Hastert, President Bush's $1 million haul in Chicago today for Republican candidates in the two highly competitive House seats in Illinois, the President's kind Rose Garden words for Hastert, and a small cable tv ad buy from Hastert's opponent going after the Speaker on Foley.LINK

"In the Laesch spot, a narrator says, 'the office of the speaker of the House was alerted months ago that a sexual predator was contacting underage male pages. And how did Speaker Hastert respond? He kept Rep. Mark Foley on as co-chair of the House Caucus on missing and exploited children.'"

"Then, a Reynolds' sound bite: 'I reported what I had been told to the speaker of the House." Narrator: "Yet, Dennis Hastert did nothing.'"

Foley: ethics committee:

With Hastert denying personal knowledge of Foley's activities, investigators for the House ethics committee are shining bright lights on three senior members of Hastert's staff to better construct a timeline, the Washington Post says in a must-read. LINK

The House ethics committee beings questioning those individuals closest to pages while in the Congressional program, reports the AP. LINK

Washington Times on the same: LINK

Foley: FL-16:

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) may think that FL-16 is a lost cause; but, apparently, that's not how the NRCC sees things. LINK

Brian Skoloff of the Associated Press reports that the NRCC has spent over $244,300 for television ads attacking Tim Maloney, the Democrat hoping to succeed Foley.

Foley: Pryce tells the New York Times that her poll numbers "fell precipitously":

Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) tells the New York Times' Nagourney that her poll numbers "fell precipitously" following Mark Foley's resignation and her Democratic opponent's (Mary Jo Kilroy) use of the Foley scandal in advertising and on the campaign trail. LINK

"The Foley case is becoming an issue in an increasing number of races, aides in both parties said. But nowhere else has it become quite as pitched as here, where Ms. Kilroy -- who had already been trying to link Ms. Pryce to corruption scandals in Ohio involving Republicans -- has moved in with withering attacks since Mr. Foley resigned."

Note that Rep. Pryce has accused Kilroy of "gay-baiting."

Foley: political fallout:

Kathy Kiely of USA Today reports the Foley scandal has left the GOP with an "identity crisis," "the investigation is exposing a politically awkward fact of life: some GOP leaders practice a more tolerant brand of politics in their office hiring than some in the party have preached on the campaign trail." LINK

The Houston Chronicle reports that experts from both parties say Texas races will be affected by disgraced former Rep. Foley; a GOP consultant believes it will suppress voter turnout and a Democratic consultant saying it will have a "walloping effect." LINK

The New York Post's Earle Notes Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) taking on Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) as part of his defense of the GOP leadership in the Foley scandal. LINK

The New York Daily News picks it up too. LINK

Foley: Shimkus:

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