Dean Barnett has the lowdown on a new and very deceptive ad on the Foley scandal being run by Patty Wetterling, the Democratic candidate for Minnesota’s 6th Congressionial district. Here’s the money quote from the ad:
“It shocks the conscience. Congressional leaders have admitted to covering up the predatory behavior of a congressman who used the internet to molest children.”
Molest children??? Barnett rightly takes Wetterling – and the Dems – to task for this outright lie (unless Wetterling and Co. are privy to info we aren’t, which I highly doubt). 1) A 16 year old is not a child (unless you want to claim children drive cars) and 2) how did we go from inappropriate emails and instant messages to molestation?
Once again, when it comes down to it, the ends justify the means to Democrats hungry to take control of Congress. And if they have to lie to do it, they will. Afterall, it’s all part of the Democratic playbook.
PM Update I: Kirk Fordham, Rep. Tom Reynolds chief of staff, has resigned over Foleygate. Brian Ross is characterizing Fordham’s resignation as one where he was “forced out” but it doesn’t sound like it, from the statement Fordham issued. MK Ham has links galore on this latest development.
PM Update II: Hotline On Call tries to answer the question some still have on why Fordham resigned:
According to a senior Republican official in Washington, Fordham, in the spring of 2006, promised both Rep. John Shimkus, the chairman of the page board as well as a staff member in Speaker Dennis Hastert’s office, that he would make sure Foley kept his nose clean. Fordham had spent ten years as Foley’s chief of staff and is one of his closest friends. He was acting here in two capacities: as a representative of Reynolds, the chair of the campaign committee, and as a friend to Foley.
His assurances were enough to prevent Hastert’s staff from recommending any further action. Shimkus decided not to inform the full page board in part because of Fordham’s intercession, according to these sources.
Two Republicans said that Reynolds was not aware of the extent to which Fordham helped Foley deal with the initial set of accusations. But Reynolds accepted Fordham’s explanantion. Fordham gave three interviews yesterday in the hope that the spotlight would shift from his boss. But the questions continued today.
In a statement, Fordham said that he “never attempted to prevent any inquiries or investigation of Foley’s conduct by House officials or any other authorities.”
Stay tuned …