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October 4, 2006
I haven't commented on this blog yet on the Mark Foley scandal but did speak to it yesterday on Special Report With Brit Hume on Fox News Channel. I went through the chronology and concluded that Speaker Dennis Hastert acted as soon as he saw the graphic instant messages and that the E-mails he had been apprised of earlier, which by all accounts were not sexually explicit but were "over friendly," were handled appropriately. I did say that I thought that the Republican chairman of the committee overseeing the pages, John Shimkus, made a mistake when apprised of those E-mails by not bringing in the ranking Democrat on the committee, Dale Kildee. Kildee is not given to partisan cheap shots and is genuinely concerned about the page program. (He appointed my nephew Dylan Wagamon as a page about 12 years ago.) I think Kildee would probably have joined Shimkus in confronting Foley and telling him to quit contacting the former pages.