Saturday, September 30, 2006

Reynolds' Excuse: I Passed the Buck

Reynolds' statement, via the Hotline Blog:

For Immediate Release: Contact: Press Office

Saturday, September 30, 2006 (202) 479-7070

NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds Statement

WASHINGTON — National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds today issued the following statement:

"Rodney Alexander brought to my attention the existence of e-mails between Mark Foley and a former page of Mr. Alexander's. Despite the fact that I had not seen the e-mails in question, and Mr. Alexander told me that the parents didn't want the matter pursued, I told the Speaker of the conversation Mr. Alexander had with me.

"Mr. Alexander has also said he took the matter to the Clerk of the House. An investigation was then conducted by the Clerk and John Shimkus on behalf of the House Page Board.

"Mark Foley betrayed the integrity of this institution as well as the trust of his colleagues and constituents. There is no excuse, and he needs to be held accountable."
Let me get this straight: Tom Reynolds was alerted to wrongdoing by Mark Foley that by his own account "betrayed the integrity of [the House of Representatives] as well as the trust of his colleagues," and Reynolds was content to drop the matter after a conversation so impotent that the other party, Denny Hastert doesn't even remember it?

Tom Reynolds is going to have to do better than that if he expects to be forgiven by the voters of the 26th district.

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