Ah! Election Time! I've seen plenty of Van Taylor and Chet Edwards signs all over the place. But this is ONE picture I'll bet Van Taylor will be sorry for people to see by next week when, all the pundits say,
Mr Magoo Denny Hastert will be out as House Speaker. Hastert headlined for Van Taylor at a fundraiser a couple of months ago. In case you somehow missed it, Republicans have a full blown child predator scandal on their hands-talk about family values! otherwise known as "There's a Values Problem when your children aren't safe, as pages, in Congress when Republicans are in charge". Van Taylor-Member of the Party of Torture and Pedophilia
Kirk Fordham resigned under pressure on Wednesday as a top congressional aide to another House Republican and was quoted by ABC News as saying he told Hastert's chief of staff three years ago of inappropriate conduct by former Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley with interns.
But here's another one for ya! According to the Waco Tribune, Tom Reynolds is the one that says he recruited Van Taylor, who we all know MOVED to this district just to run against Chet. And he is also under scrutiny.
Reynolds has said he recruited Taylor to run against Edwards, though Taylor has denied it. Hastert stumped for Taylor briefly in Waco two months ago, the day Taylor received about $16,000 from the National Republican Campaign Committee fund.
I spoke about Van Taylor's move to West before. Now, WHO is Tom Reynolds and how is he involved in this scandal?
From Sunday's Washington Post
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was notified early this year of inappropriate e-mails from former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to a 16-year-old page, a top GOP House member said yesterday -- contradicting the speaker's assertions that he learned of concerns about Foley only last week.
Hastert did not dispute the claims of Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.), and his office confirmed that some of Hastert's top aides knew last year that Foley had been ordered to cease contact with the boy and to treat all pages respectfully.
Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, became the second senior House Republican to say that Hastert has known of Foley's contacts for months, prompting Democratic attacks about the GOP leadership's inaction. Foley abruptly resigned his seat Friday.
Reynolds himself is under scrutiny, because he not only did nothing to protect the children after finding out about the salacious emails of Foley, but he gave a significantly large amount of money thereafter to Foley
When it rains in politics, it pours, and the Foley scandal is spilling quickly over onto the House Republican Leadership -- particularly Tom Reynolds, the Erie County-based chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee who faces his own, serious, challenge from a protectionist maverick Democrat, Jack Davis.
Reynolds is now in something approaching open war with the Speaker of the House amid recriminations over who know what when. (Josh Marshall has running, detailed, partisan-but-fair coverage.)
In that context, a reader emails a piece of information that strikes me as very bad news for Reynolds: He may have given Foley money after he was told of the allegations.
Reynolds's personal PAC, TOMPAC, wrote Foley a check for $5,000 on May 10, 2006. (You can see the filing here.)
According to the AP, Reynolds was told of the allegations against Foley "sometime this spring."
I put in a request to NRCC spokesman Carl Forti for a more precise date.
UPDATE: Also: On July 27, 2006, the NRCC, which Reynolds chairs, accepted an unusually large contribution of $100,000 from Foley. Hard to imagine something of that size just slipping past the chairman.
UPDATE UPDATE: It sure looks like Reynolds was aware of the issue by May.
Remember that Chet Edwards said:
Edwards called on Van Taylor to say when he met with Reynolds about running for Congress and whether it was before or after he bought the home on June 21, 2005.
“Seems like Mr. Taylor ought to check his airline tickets and schedule records and let voters know the answer to that question,” Edwards said.
More on the Republican Mark Foley predator scandal in case you missed it.
A 16-year-old page from Louisiana forwarded five notes Foley sent to him last year, including a request for a photo and his age, to a congressional aide. ABC News published the notes on its Web site Sept. 28, then uncovered more salacious instant-message conversations with other former pages. Those revelations led to Foley’s resignation the next day.
Since then, scrutiny has centered on who knew what about Foley’s notes and what they did in response.
Hastert and Reynolds acknowledged learning of Foley’s improper e-mails well before they became public last month and have been criticized for not doing enough to immediately halt the problem.
For once, truly the pedophile issue IS a partisan issue because it is Republicans who were (and are) in charge. Democrats are against any adult preying on a child, regardless of that adult's sexual orientation-it is just WRONG and SICK and it's appalling that Republicans did nothing to investigate, stop and protect those children who were in the halls of Congress from Mark Foley, Republican from Florida. And it's hardly a witch hunt to want those who took no action to be gone, that characterization is just ridiculous.If I had a teenager who was interning in Congress, I would expect him or her to be protected, and I would be more than outraged and angry if I found out he or she was not, and yes, I'd be leading the pack to oust those responsible, not waffling about it.
Edwards said that, even before the investigation begins, it appears House Republicans did not follow proper steps to protect the teenagers in their charge.
“I think parents and citizens all across America are wondering why the House leadership was more interested in limiting fallout from a scandal than in protecting young pages on Capitol Hill,” Edwards said.