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Hastert’s Institutional Neglect

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Does it surprise anyone that Rep. Tom Reynolds', R-N.Y., chief of staff Kirk Fordham informed staff of a top House leadership member of Mark Foley's internet escapades back in 2004? After Fordham "resigned" his position as the chief of staff he admitted that, "...even prior to the existence of the Foley e-mail exchanges I had more than one conversation with senior staff at the highest level of the House of Representatives asking them to intervene when I was informed of Mr. Foley's inappropriate behavior." As I detailed yesterday nobody should be shocked by the fact that Dennis Hastert doesn't run a tight ship. In their book, The Broken Branch, congressional scholars Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann explain Hastert's actions in the Ethics Committee purge of 2005 thusly:

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