Think Progress is compiling a very nice timeline of the Foley incident. I want to bring to attention a certain date range so you can see if you notice what is missing:
2005 — Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) sends inappropriate emails to another former Congressional page. [CREW]
FALL 2005 — “Tim Kennedy, a staff assistant in the [Speaker J. Denis Hastert’s] Office, received a telephone call from Congressman Rodney Alexander’s Chief of Staff who indicated that he had an email exchange between Congressman Foley and a former House page…[Mike] Stokke [Deputy Chief of Staff for Speaker Hastert] called the Clerk and asked him to come to the Speaker’s Office so that he could put him together with Congressman Alexander’s Chief of Staff.” [Hastert Statement, 9/30/06]
Notice anything missing there (hint – a big name)? This same big name has been missing from all the reports of Foley in the last couple days.
How about one Tom Delay? During this time frame he was the Majority Leader. So was he ever informed of what happened and chose to ignore it? I got a funny feeling that he may have been in the loop somewhere on this. Now we need a good reporter to start asking him questions about it. Was it reported to him since he was Majority Leader? If it was, then did he talk to Hastert about it? It was Delay’s inactions that kept the House from having an Ethic’s committee all those months.
It’s time to start a writing campaign to the big reporters and see if they will report and find out about Mr. Delay’s involvement – if any.