Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Foley Fallout

A round up of reports today on how the Foley email scandal and possible cover up could hurt the GOP in next month's elections:

CNN -- Greenfield: Could Foley's follies hurt the GOP?
Well, it's October, so -- surprise! The most politically explosive writing to hit Washington last week wasn't what's in Bob Woodward's pages. It was those alleged e-mails between Mark Foley and at least a couple of congressional pages and what the House Republican leadership did or didn't do back last fall.
Washington Post -- After Foley, New Fears For the GOP, Some Say Party Could Lose House and Senate

Republican operatives closely following the battle for the House and Senate said that they are virtually ready to concede nearly a third of the 15 seats the Democrats need to recapture control of the House, and that they will spend the next five weeks trying to shelter other vulnerable incumbents from the fallout of the Foley scandal in hopes of salvaging a slender majority.
New York Times -- Pressure Grows for Republicans Over Foley Scandal

Across the country, in competitive and noncompetitive races, Democrats seized on an issue that they said was resonating with voters. In an effort coordinated in Washington by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party’s candidates urged their Republican opponents to call for the resignation of Mr. Hastert and other leaders.

MSNBC (Howard Fineman) -- Then came the Foley scandal

If the Democrats can’t take the Hill now, they deserve to go the way of the Whigs.

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