Patty Wetterling calls for resignations in Foleygate; Bachmann's connections to predator-protectors documented
Congressional candidate Patty Wetterling called today for more resignations in Congress and an independent investigation into inappropriate contact between former Rep. Mark Foley and teenage pages.
Foley, a Republican from Florida, quit Friday after reports that he sent sexually explicit electronic messages to teenage boys working as pages. The FBI is investigating.
Wetterling, the Democratic candidate in Minnesota's 6th District, said any members of Congress who knew of the contact and didn't act should resign. She stopped short of naming specific GOP leaders, saying an investigation is needed first.
"Imagine your son telling you of that experience — the nightmare, the broken trust, the horror of being 16 and being stalked by a 52-year-old congressman," she said at a Capitol news conference. "It's not OK and this is not how our government works, or should work."
Wetterling, a child safety advocate whose son vanished 17 years ago, said she knew Foley, who was co-chairman of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus.
"That's what makes this so insidious," she said.
She called for more stringent oversight of the House page program, which brings high school students to Washington to learn about government.
I repeat my call that Patty Wetterling should replace Mark Foley as the head of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, should she win and the Democrats take control of Congress (or even if they don't).
Dump Bachmann has the Wetterling press release announcing the press conference.
They also have Michele Bachmann's press release on the matter. Tellingly, though she condemns Foley's actions, she doesn't mention anything about holding those who knew about Foley's "problems" accountable.
Gee, I wonder why.
MN Publius documents Bachmann's connections to the scandal:
Will Michele Bachmann hold RNCC Chair Tom Reynolds, Speaker Dennis Hastert, and Majority Leader John Boehner accountable for their deplorable actions?
It may be tough for Michele Bachmann to honestly claim independence from these GOP leaders considering her extensive history with each:
* In this cycle Dennis Hastert's PAC, Keep Our Majority, has given a total of $10,000 to Michele Bachmann
* In July Dennis Hastert came to Minnesota to hold a fundraiser at the Territorial Golf Club in St. Cloud for Michele Bachmann. I'm not sure what the total receipts from this event were, so if anyone does know please drop us a line.
* Majority Leader John Boehner's PAC, "Freedom Project," has given a total of $5,000 to Michele Bachmann this cycle.
* In July John Boehner held a fundraiser for several Republican Congressional candidates and Michele Bachmann was one of the cited beneficiaries. Receipts were reported to be around $1 million but Bachmann's individual take is unknown
* NRCC Chair Tom Reynolds' PAC, "Together for Our Majority," has given $10,000 to Michele Bachmann this cycle.
* But all of this pales in comparison to the work that Tom Reynold's NRCC does for Michele Bachmann. She's featured directly on the "our candidates" page and has been one of their top targets.