From the daily archives: Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Bob Shamansky today called for the resignations of Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) for their roles in attempting to cover up former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL)’s inappropriate advances towards a 16-year-old Congressional Page.

Said Shamansky, “the time has come for House Speaker Dennis Hastert and House Majority Leader John Boehner to resign from Congress. It’s now clear that they both knew for many months that one of their fellow Republican congressmen was sending inappropriate messages to several teenage boys who worked in the House as pages. That they both did nothing and refused to […]

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This guy is literally the worse Secretary of State I can possibly imagine. First, in the comments from earlier today, a Plunderbund reader mentions that the Seneca County Board of Elections does not have ballots for the ongoing election, and does not expect to have them in hand for several weeks.

Was Blackwell so busy debating that he forgot to get the absentee ballots to my Board of Elections? I tried to vote this morning and was denied. Blackwell hasn?t sent my BOE the ballots yet, and they think it may be a couple weeks until we get them! […]

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Boehner flip-flip-flops

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First Boehner said he talked to Hastert about Foley, then he denied it, and now he’s saying he did, in fact, talk to Hastert about this… maybe.

Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) this morning switched his position on the leader’s culpability, telling a radio interviewer, “I believe I talked to the Speaker and he told me it had been taken care of.”


UPDATE: ProgressOhio has a nice summary and collection of links – plus some contact numbers should you want to let Boehner know what an incompetent GOP sycophant he is.

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Gubernatorial debate

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Blackwell and Strickland met with the Dispatch editorial board yesterday, and some weird stuff went down. One of the oddest moments, IMO, was the abortion showdown (emphasis mine):

Strickland, who supports abortion rights, said Blackwell said he opposed abortion under any circumstance during the GOP primary campaign to cater to the religious right, but “has since nuanced that in a rather clever way” to allow an abortion to save the life of the mother.

Blackwell, who would be Ohio?s first black governor, denied that he had altered his position, invoking both his race and his daughters and contending that […]

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Tiberi returns Foley’s money

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It took a few days (and a little prodding from Shamansky and the liberal blogosphere), but Tiberi has decided to donate the $2000 he received from Mark Foley’s PAC.

Tiberi spokesman Bruce Cuthbertson said yesterday that the contribution Tiberi received from Foley?s PAC will be donated to two local childabuse prevention programs.

“For someone who focuses on family values, Congressman Tiberi has an awful lot of ties to the GOP?s most unsavory characters,” said Drew Tappan, spokesman for Democrat Bob Shamansky, who is running against Tiberi.

Tappan referred to contributions Tiberi had previously returned from U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, […]

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With the Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) scandal breaking last Friday, it’s causing a bit of a stir in Congress. What really caught my eye was this bit from ABC news:

BRIAN ROSS: So far, Foley is the only member whose overt sexual approaches have been documented. Charlie?

CHARLES GIBSON: The only one to be documented, but are there other shoes to drop?

ROSS: We?re hearing quite a bit from former pages. They?re sending us all sorts of messages about possible other members.

Of course, perhaps bigger than the inappropriate behavior – which has already forced […]

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Today is the first day you can vote early for the Nov 7, 2006 election. You can proceed to the Board of Elections for your county, or send in a request for an absentee ballot by downloading, printing, completing, and mailing in this form.

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