Foley Fallout: Updates
- New info on the visit several years ago by a drunken Mark Foley to the dorm for Congressional pages is surfacing.
ABC News has learned that one former staffer who worked for the GOP leadership will tell the House Ethics Committee Thursday about an incident several years ago in which he was alerted that an apparently inebriated Foley had tried to gain access to the pages' dormitory.
A source with firsthand knowledge of events says that this coming Thursday, Kirk Fordham — former chief of staff to both Foley and more recently Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y. — will testify that a few years ago he was told by then-House clerk Jeff Trandahl that Foley had been stopped while trying to enter the pages' dorm in an apparently intoxicated state. The source said Fordham will testify that he recalls this being the event that convinced both him and Trandahl to warn Hastert's office, with Fordham designated to have the conversation with Hastert's chief of staff, Scott Palmer.
Hastert denied that his staff knew of any physical incident at the pages dorm.
- Dennis Hastert met today with a leading conservative evangelical that has publicly called for Hastert to resign. Christian evangelist K.A. Paul said that he told Hastert to resign in his meeting. This guy is a "spiritual advisor" to Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Does Hastert really want to meet with someone like that in the midst of the Foley scandal? His image can't get any worse in the mind of the public, so why not?
- All of the polls are showing huge GOP deficits in their fight to retain Congress. Some GOP strategists are saying that they could lose up to 30 seats. That seems to be a reasonable number.