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A no-no: Using children as cover at press conference

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Follow the bouncing Foley ball to a disgusting end:

Republican congressman Mark Foley writes e-mails sent to a 16-year-old who described them as “sick, sick, sick …”

He gets caught. Foley’s campaign blames his Democratic opponent, Tim Mahoney, for outing him. Democrats and Republicans alike shout throw the bum out. Foley resigns. Then begins the Nixonian chorus: Who knew what and when did they know it?

House Speaker Dennis Hastert becomes ambivalent about what he knew and when. House Majority Leader John Boehner says he knew about the e-mails and told Speaker Hastert: “I believe I talked to the Speaker and he told me it had been taken care of. And, and, and my position is it’s in his corner, it’s his responsibility.”

Then we come to Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, who’s running the whole House GOP campaign operation as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee. That’s his picture accompanying this post.

At a press conference Monday, he denied a cover-up of Foley’s raunchy e-mails. Says the lead front-page Buffalo News story:

Reynolds knew of the e-mails, but not of the more salacious instant messages, he said. … During a 45-minute news conference at Daemen College on Monday evening, Reynolds was asked by The Buffalo News why he didn’t learn earlier of Foley’s actions involving House pages from his own chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, who was Foley’s former chief of staff.

Surrounded by three dozen children of his political supporters, Reynolds replied that he and Fordham never discussed Foley’s reputation. [emphasis added]

You read that right. Surrounded by children of his supporters.

Using children as political cover is reprehensible — and not just by Rep. Foley. What parent would allow his or her child to be used as a political pawn?

Rep. Reynolds already faces a tough opponent in Democratic challenger Jack Davis. This photo of him with these children at a press conference is likely to sink him in his re-election bid.

And rightly so.

Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

October 3, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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