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 investigate —that they both apparently put politics above protecting 15 and 16 year old children —borders on criminal negligence. The House should be called into special session immediately to elect a new Speaker.”
In addition, he called out Pat Tiberi for remaining silent on this issue, despite his frequent trumpeting of his “family values”.
“And why has Pat Tiberi been silent on all of this? Nobody talks more about family values than Pat —and nobody does less to clean up the ethical sewer than Congress has become. He brags about how “independent” he is —but then looks the other way when members of his own party are guilty of misconduct. But Pat’s “hear no evil, see no evil” act is wearing thin —and his hypocrisy speaks volumes. 15 and 16 year old boys were being victimized by one of his fellow Congressman. Where is Pat’s outrage? Where are his “family values”? And if he won’t call for the resignations of Hastert and Boehner, he needs to tell the voters why.”