Sunday, October 01, 2006

Kerry Campaigning for Mahoney in Florida!

Senator John Kerry spent the day yesterday campaigning for Democratic challenger Tim Mahoney who is trying to take the seat held by recently resigned Congressman Mark Foley.

Kerry had this to say about the Iraq conflict and this Administration's misinformation of the public:
""The picture in Iraq is bleak and getting worse," Kerry said, before referring to "a culture of unwillingness to level with the American people."
Regarding Mahoney, Kerry added:
""We need a congressman who knows how to make America safer and knows how to stand up and hold the people in power accountable," Kerry said.
There can be no excusing Mr. Foley's inappropriate and sexually harassing communication between himself and a 16 year old Congressional page from Louisiana. The truly disturbing part of this was the cover-up of this behavior by Republican leadership more intent on keeping a House seat this fall rather than protecting America's youth.

As has been reported:
"...Among those who became aware earlier this year of the fall 2005 communications between Mr. Foley and the 16-year-old page, who worked for Representative Rodney Alexander, Republican of Louisiana, were Representative John A. Boehner, the majority leader, and Representative Thomas M. Reynolds of New York, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mr. Reynolds said in a statement Saturday that he had also personally raised the issue with Speaker J. Dennis Hastert."
Tim Mahoney summarized it well:
"It is now clear from all the press reports that the Republican leadership knew what was going on and they had to make a choice," Mahoney said. That choice, he said, was to "do what was right for the children that were in the care of the government, or ... try to hold onto this seat. And they tried to hold onto this seat."
Sometimes we are able to see through this Republican hypocrisy on "Family Values".

On September 12, 1998, Rep. Mark Foley had this to say about President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky:
"Republicans were aghast at Clinton's behavior, with many saying it showed he had lied and abused his power.

"It's vile," said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. "It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."
It is sad Mr. Foley. It is sad Mr. Hastert. And it is sad Mr. Boehner.

America needs moral leadership. It is not coming from the Republicans, the party that covers up sexual misdeeds with children while claiming to be protecting children. The party that advocates torture of combatants while claiming we don't torture. The party that lies to America about Iraq, telling us things are going well while intelligence reports are released at the same time saying Iraq is a recruiting device for terrorists.

Hey Senator Kerry! Keep up your fine work in Florida and the rest of the United States! We could use some help here in Wisconsin as well!

Keep on coming John! We have got your back!



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