GOP Staff Warned Pages About Foley In 2001

This is officially a huge coverup now. ABC

A Republican staff member warned Congressional pages five years ago to watch out for Congressman Mark Foley, according to a former page. Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class, told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor in the House Clerk's office. Loraditch, the president of the Page Alumni Association, said the pages were told "don't get too wrapped up in him being too nice to you and all that kind of stuff.

There's no way for the Republican leadership to feign ignorance or miscommunication any longer. Hastert and Co. should be held accountable.

Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) accepted $100k from Foley in back July.

Ben Smith:

Reynolds's personal PAC, TOMPAC, wrote Foley a check for $5,000 on May 10, 2006. (You can see the filing here.)

According to the AP, Reynolds was told of the allegations against Foley "sometime this spring." I put in a request to NRCC spokesman Carl Forti for a more precise date.

UPDATE: Also: On July 27, 2006, the NRCC, which Reynolds chairs, accepted an unusually large contribution of $100,000 from Foley. Hard to imagine something of that size just slipping past the chairman.


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