DNC: The Buck Stops Where? Speaker Hastert's Doubletalk On Foley Scandal
Washington, DC - Last week, House Republican Speaker Denny Hastert said that the buck stops with him when it comes to the cover-up of the scandal involving disgraced former GOP Congressman Mark Foley. He then went on to say that he hadn't "done anything wrong." Today, during his second press conference on the matter, Hastert again refused to take responsibility for the Foley cover-up. He blamed his staff, said nothing wrong was done and then said that the scandal was not significant because Foley's contact with some of the Congressional pages happened after they left Washington.
"Speaker Hastert just doesn't get it: America's parents are fed up with double-talk and hypocrisy. They want Republican leaders to put politics aside and put our children first," said Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Stacie Paxton. "That means standing up and taking responsibility. The Speaker's fishy explanations, hair-splitting spin and blanket denials about the Republican cover-up of the Foley scandal are further proof that you cannot trust the Republican leadership in Washington. Democrats are offering a new direction for America that includes a return to honesty, accountability and ethics in Washington."
Hastert Last Week
Hastert Said He Takes Responsibility. "I'm deeply sorry this has happened. The bottom line is that we're taking responsibility. Because, ultimately, as someone has said in Washington before, "the buck stops here." [Speaker Hastert, 10/5/06]
Then, Said He's Done Nothing Wrong. "I said I haven't done anything wrong, obviously." [Speaker Hastert, 10/5/06]
Hastert Blames Staff; Then Says They Didn't Do Anything Wrong. "If they did cover something up, then they should not continue to have their jobs. But I didn't think anybody at any time in my office did anything wrong. I found out about these revelations last Friday, and that was the first information I had." [Speaker Hastert, 10/10/06]
Hastert Blames Pages; Says They Weren't In Washington When Contacted By Foley. " ... you know, this did not happen while pages were in Washington. It happened after they left, from my understanding. They left the page program -- at least the ones we are dealing with now. They left the program and were contacted after they left the program." [Speaker Hastert, 10/10/06]NEWS RELEASE