Is Dennis Hastert a Catholic or something?

By now you’ve all heard about Republican Congressman Mark Foley’s creepy emails to under-aged pages asking them to measure their penis size and other such ill-advised topics for someone who built his political career on protecting children from online predators such as… well… such as himself apparently. I didn’t write anything about it because there’s really not a whole lot to say other than, “BAD REPUBLICAN! BAD! BAD!” Foley has already resigned his position in shame and hopefully will get some help so there’s not much more that needs to be said.

Or at least there wasn’t until I read this morning that House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, who has repeatedly denied knowing anything about Foley’s naughty emails prior to last week, may have actually known about it for the past year:

Hastert did not dispute the claims of Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.), and his office confirmed that some of Hastert’s top aides knew last year that Foley had been ordered to cease contact with the boy and to treat all pages respectfully.

Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, became the second senior House Republican to say that Hastert has known of Foley’s contacts for months, prompting Democratic attacks about the GOP leadership’s inaction. Foley abruptly resigned his seat Friday.

Only after Reynolds’s definitive statement did Hastert concede yesterday that he may have been notified of some of the questionable activities of Foley, 52, who had co-chaired the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. Hastert said, however, that he knew nothing of the sexually explicit instant messages that became public Friday when ABC News and other news outlets reported them. The messages apparently were exchanged with youths other than the 16-year-old.

Hastert’s aides learned in the fall of 2005 only of e-mail exchanges that House officials eventually deemed “over-friendly” with the Louisiana teenager, the speaker’s office said yesterday in a lengthy statement. “While the Speaker does not explicitly recall this conversation” with Reynolds, the statement said, “he has no reason to dispute Congressman Reynolds’s recollection that he reported to him on the problem and its resolution.”

Thus prompting my question on whether Hastert is a Catholic ‘cause he seems to be acting like the Pope in that maybe-if-we-ignore-it-it’ll-go-away line of thinking. It makes one wonder if Hastert would’ve resorted to moving Foley around to different congressional districts if he had the power to do so in hopes he’d find pages ugly enough not to attract Foley’s attention. At the very least Hastert could’ve done something to remove Foley from his position on the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. Another shining example of Republican hypocrisy in action.

12 thoughts on “Is Dennis Hastert a Catholic or something?

  1. Les,

    It’s likely that leadership knew as early as 2001 about Foley’s propensitites with pages.  Mind-boggling.

  2. Me either.  My view for organizations like the government is that the leadership comes from the top.  If you want to run an effective organization, you have to take swift and strong action on issues like these and show how you won’t stand by them or for them.

    But Hassert is likely to get the BUllSHit Freedom medal.  It seems like every incompetent moron can get one of those pretty easy.

  3. Leave it to a catholic-mimicing speaker of the house to support online predators and therein promote the christian-viewed ‘epidemic’ of homosexuality by nuturing its growth in the most negative but profitable light possible. 

    Catholics are full of shit, full of fucking shit.

  4. New GOP Motto:

    We keep track of your library books and phone records better than we keep track of our pedophiles.

  5. Im waiting for:

    -The Christian RIght to blame it on “homosexuality.”

    – Lays colleagues to deny it (oh wait theyre already doing that!)

    -Fox news to say how the liberal media is blowing this out of proposion

  6. I just saw a bit about Hastert on the late news.
    So he knew ‘it’ was going on a coupla years ago and did nothing.
    D’ya think there are similarities between him and, the pope and his cardinals.
    Is that too much of a stretch?  wink

  7. Im waiting for:
    -The Christian Right to blame it on homosexuality.”

    They are, in a backhanded sort of way:

    “During an interview with FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich defended the Republican cover-up by stating, “I think, had they overly aggressively reacted to the initial round, they would have also been accused of gay bashing.”“

    “In an email alert to members Mondays, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wrote, “[The House GOP leadership] discounted or downplayed earlier reports concerning Foley’s behavior – probably because they did not want to appear ‘homophobic’. The Foley scandal shows what happens when political correctness is put ahead of protecting children.””

  8. Furthermore,

    The current and former congressional staffers interviewed by The Times, who are from both parties, said it was well known within the Capitol’s gay community that Foley was interested in young men.

    “Among the gay political community, there was a pretty wide understanding that he had an eye for the interns and the younger staff,” said one former congressional staffer.,0,7011268.story

    Both parties appear to have had knowledge.

  9. Consigliere, where does it say in that article that both parties were aware of the problem with preying on under age boys? Seems to me the lone Democrat on the committee that oversees them was not informed about it. Is the right trying to spin this?

    House Page Board
    On October 1, 2006, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, (D-MI) , the sole Democrat on the board overseeing House pages, said that Shimkus never informed him of his interview with Foley. Kildee said that he was “very upset” that he was kept in the dark about concerns initially raised last year over e-mails sent to a former teenage page by a Republican congressman. “I should have been told. The whole House Page Board should have been told,” the Flint, Michigan Democrat told The Detroit News. “(The Congress) should do an investigation right away,” Kildee said. “What matters is the safety of the kids. We shouldn’t politicize this.”[36] Another committee member, Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said that Shimkus had never informed her, either, and that if he had she would have recommended stronger action.[37] Shimkus said on October 2 that “I think, based on the information I had, what I did was fine. If I regret something, maybe I should have had Dale [Kildee] with me because now it’s going to be a political football.”[26]

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