The Union Leader: "Speaker, others must go"
Washington, DC - Over the weekend, an editorial in the Union Leader in New Hampshire said that for his gross mishandling of the Foley scandal, "Republicans must insist that [Speaker Hastert] resign." They also noted that Hastert's efforts to blame Democrats have fallen flat and that "there is not one shred of evidence to back up that claim."
Hastert's inaction: Speaker, others must go
The Union Leader
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006
"With L'affair Foley threatening to ruin his plans for another two years in power, U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decided to play the victim. It is not the first terrible decision Hastert has made as House speaker, but it should be the last.
"On Rush Limbaugh's syndicated radio show, Hastert blamed the scandal on the Democrats. '(T)he Democrats have - in my view - have put this thing forward to try to block us from telling the story. They're trying to put us on defense.' At this point, there is not one shred of evidence to back up that claim. ...
"Last week, Speaker Hastert absurdly sought to hire former FBI Director Louis Freeh to investigate the House page program, as if the existence of teenagers on Capitol Hill were somehow the root of the problem. This is not the first time Hastert has reacted to scandal by attempting to shift blame instead of addressing the real problem. If he remains in power, it will not be the last.
"Hastert's obsession with maintaining power has corrupted his judgment and he can no longer be trusted to put the interests of the country above the interests of his party. Republicans must insist that he resign."
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From the Democratic National Committee, www.democrats.org.