/*PenDragn: What Was the Responsibility of House Leaders?*/


What Was the Responsibility of House Leaders?

Let's play a little game. Let's pretend that people didn't know about Mark Foley's predation on the pages since 1995 as has been exposed. Because, except for one report on the same by each media source they are pretending that history doesn't exist (most likely at the order of the right wing media intimidation machine).

Really try hard to believe that no page (the pages warned each other about Foley) mentioned the problem to anyone in the Republican party who should have helped them in over 10 years.

Try very hard. And clap your hands.

Then maybe Hastertbelle will live!

Lets get some help from another self serving Republican :
A senior House Republican said Wednesday that Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate e-mails to a page - now at the center of an intensifying federal investigation - should have been thoroughly pursued at the time.

As conservatives debated whether House Speaker Dennis Hastert should resign over his handling of the complaint, the House majority whip, Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he would have done things differently if he'd known about it. He was the acting majority leader when the complaint was raised.
Funny, just like Boehner, Roy Blunt would have done things differently if he were two heartbeats away from the presidency. Why is it not a surprise to read that?

But Blunt is right. In fact you can almost hear Hastert tell his aides not to tell him anything so he will be able to claim that he didn't know.

That's how Hastert got so fat, I suppose, sitting around thinking of ways to increase his wealth and power, and ignoring the sexual predators in his party.

Hastert's like a Sheriff who tells his deputies not to tell him of a rapist in town so he won't be bothered having to catch him.

But then it turns out, according to a Washington Post article:
A longtime chief of staff to disgraced former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) approached House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's office three years ago, repeatedly imploring senior Republicans to help stop Foley's advances toward teenage male pages, the staff member said yesterday.

The account by Kirk Fordham, who resigned yesterday from his job with another senior lawmaker, pushed back to 2003 or earlier the time when Hastert's staff reportedly became aware of Foley's questionable behavior concerning teenagers working on Capitol Hill.

So Hastert's office knew, but Hastert must have walked around with fingers in both his ears singing la la la la la la la!

Funny, but that's not much of a surprise either.