The Coach Vows to Stay Put

By Mona Raphael

Oct 3, 2006 3:10pm

ABC’s Teddy Davis reports: House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said "I’m not going to do that" when asked earlier today by Rush Limbaugh if he was going to resign his position as Speaker of the House.

An editorial in today’s Washington Times calls on Hastert to resign his speakership immediately. "Either he was grossly negligent . . . or he deliberately looked the other way," wrote the newspaper’s conservative editorial board.

When asked if there was any hesitation to look into possible wrongdoing on the part of then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) because of his sexual orientation, Hastert answered: "No."

In Monday’s "Washington Update" email to supporters of the conservative Family Research Council, Tony Perkins accused the GOP House leadership of discounting or downplaying earlier reports concerning Foley’s behavior "probably because they did not want to appear ‘homophobic.’"

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