this is from John Laesch at DailyKos
Response to Hastert/Foley Pagegate Scandal
by John Laesch
Sat Sep 30, 2006 at 06:27:57 PM PDT
This is John Laesch, the Democratic candidate running against Dennis Hastert.
Our campaign office reports that the phone has not stopped ringing all day and the Inbox on our e-mail account is exploding.
We know that Dennis Hastert has been the "cover-up" guy for everything that is wrong in Washington. Hastert has been cleaning up messes all the way from this Wednesday's "get out of jail free" detainee bill that he gave to George Bush to gutting house ethics rules after Tom DeLay was indicted.
I am currently working with Danny Stover who is running against Shimkus in Illinois' 19th District to hold a near-term press conference. If you want to help Danny Stover get a $400 plane ticket to Chicago, you can donate here
It is time for both of these gentlemen to do the right thing for America and resign.
This morning we held a press conference in St. Charles, IL and I basically said that it is time for Dennis Hastert to resign. If he does not do the honorable thing then voters should fire him on Nov. 7th.
I started my speech with some of Hastert's own words from a 1998 press conference.
"Even though our children may be at home with the doors locked,"
"that doesn't mean that they are safe. We must continue to be proactive in warding off pedophiles and other creeps who want to take advantage of our children...It's not infringing on liberties, it's about protecting our kids."
Apparently proactive in Washington means waiting 11 months...
Exactly one month ago today Dennis Hastert made the front page of the Kane County Chronicle, a local paper, that covered Dennis Hastert's town hall forum on Internet safety.
Protecting children is OK for Dennis Hastert when it is earning him votes, but he doesn't give a damn when it is a page working on Capital Hill.
The fact that Hastert tried to cover this up is reason enough for him to resign.
The fact that Hastert is playing dumb means that he does not plan to go quietly into the night.
I am going to be reading all of the posts from Kossacks tonight and I cannot sit around too much longer. Please continue to offer advice and vote in our poll.
Update: Hastert trying to change the subject CNN is now reporting that House Leaders want criminal charges on Foley. They want to shift all the blame to Foley and away from themselves. According to CNN:"The improper communications between Congressman Mark Foley and former House congressional pages is unacceptable and abhorrent. It is an obscene breach of trust," read the statement issued by Majority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, and Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri.Ummmm that is not going to happen. It sure didn't take long to realize that they are all going down for this.
Earlier Saturday, the chairman of the House Page Board said Foley "was not honest about his conduct," referring to e-mail exchanges that a former page has called "sick, sick, sick."
Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress