In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rep. John Shimkus (R-MO), the chairman of the page board, says: "what I weighed was, first of all, idle chitchat, no other information, parental concern about asking this member to stay away from their kid and confidentiality. I still think, in a vacuum, not knowing this other stuff, I probably would have done the same thing." LINK
Shimkus is scheduled to testify before the House Ethics Committee on Friday.
Danny Stover, Shimkus' Democratic opponent in the solid Republican 19th congressional district of Illinois, says he spoke personally this week with DNC Chairman Howard Dean.
Foley: Reynolds on the ropes:
Facing severe criticism for an allegedly inadequate response to Foley's behavior with House pages, both Speaker Hastert and NRCC Chair Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) have been largely sidelined in the final weeks of campaign appearances to keep the GOP stronghold in the House reports the Washington Post. LINK
The Hill measures the mighty task Rep. Reynolds has before him as he tries calm dissatisfied voters at home while helping Republicans hold a majority of seats in the House. LINK
Foley: "I am always getting the shaft":
Dara Kam of the Palm Beach Post connects ex-Rep. Foley (R-FL) to Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) through e-mails sent two years ago, Foley questioned, "Have I done something to offend the White House…I am always getting the shaft…they came to Ft. Pierce a few weeks ago and said I was not allowed to attend…yet Joe Negron is there…..sorry to trouble you…and I wouldn't if this wasn't so frequent." LINK
Over at The New Republic's blog, The Plank, Ryan Lizza writes based on an anonymous source of Karl Rove's alleged 2006 involvement in arm twisting Foley to run for reelection this year. LINK
Foley: op-eds and editorials:
The editorial pages of the Washington Times on the Democratic involvement of the Foley scandal. LINK
Foley: the alleged drunk dorm incident:
ABC News' Jake Tapper has some "food for thought" including GMA's report on Foley's attempt to visit the page dormitory. LINK
Harry Reid's land deal:
The New York Times reports Sen. Harry Reid has offered to make any "technical correction" required to his disclosure forms with the Senate ethics committee concerning a land deal from which his family profited nearly $700,000. LINK
The AP on the same: LINK
In a missive to reporters, the RNC's research shop called the land deal the "latest black eye for leader of the Abramoff Dems."
The Way to Win:
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While reflecting on Bill O'Reilly taking up the term "SP Movement" to refer to "so-called secular progressives," Word and Image of Vermont writes that "the rest of us should take a tip from him and start always referring to him as a PPFS, meaning, of course, principal participant in the Freak Show. The latter is Mark Halperin's and John Harris's term for the new media outlets which at present are dominated by right-wing extremists." LINK