Republican damage control failing – (excerpt below)
By Gene Lyons

But back to Reynolds. After warning Speaker Hastert (or not) about the Florida congressman’s unseemly interest in adolescent lads, what did the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee do next? Did he notify the police or the FBI? Did he even contact the feckless sleuths on the House Ethics Committee? Reynolds did none of those things. Instead, according to conservative columnist Bob Novak, he talked Foley out of retiring from Congress.

Then Reynolds accepted a $100,000 contribution from Foley to the NRCC.

Can you say “hush money?” I knew you could.

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