Thank You Denny Hastert. Thank you for contributing so greatly to the handing of control of the Congress over to the Democratic Party in 2006.
If you had dealt decisively and proactively with the Mark Foley problem when it first came to your attention, in a timely manner, the outcome of the 2006 election would have been different in my estimation. It might well have been the House, and not both the House and the Senate, that fell to the Democrats.
But no, the sliminess that epitomizes ALL politicians - both red and blue - came to bear squarely on the Republicans at a critical point in the 2006 election process - thanks in large part Denny, to you and the blind eye you turned towards Foley's shenanigans; playing politics instead of doing your damned duty.
Hail and farewell, and thanks!
Rep. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, who served as speaker of the House longer than any Republican in history, intends to retire next year at the end of his current term, party officials said Tuesday.
A formal announcement is planned for Friday.
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