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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:29 PM
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Democrat Rahm Emanuel talks about Mark Foley
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 02:30 PM by cal04
Reynolds was supposed to be there but sent Adam Putnam

Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL), one of the top Republican leaders in the House, on ABC this morning called the Foley emails "odd" and "overly friendly." Did you hear that, moms of America, the Republicans think a 52 year old stranger chatting up your children about the hot bodies of their friends is simply "overly friendly."

The other thing Putnam did is repeat the GOP lie about why the Florida papers didn't run with the Foley email story earlier. As the papers have already said, they didn't hold the story because they didn't think it was newsworthy. They held the story because the kid involved didn't want to talk, and the paper felt they couldn't publish something like this without getting the kid on the record. Big difference. So why did the Republican congressman just lie on ABC?

Then Putnam says the FBI had the same email and decided here wasn't enough to investigate. Of course, now we know that the FBI lied. They first claimed they did a preliminary investigation and couldn't find anything illegal. Then they claimed that they didn't even do the preliminary investigation because they didn't have the page's name, which is an outright lie. They were given the page's name along with the emails. Good try, Putnam.

To his credit, Stephanopoulos is responding to Putnam with the real facts. Putnam responded with the following:

Based on the information we have today, the Speaker's office acted proactively, they acted aggressively, and within hours, within hours of the explicit messages coming to light, they demanded Foley's resignation.

That's interesting, Mr. Putnam, since Mr. Reynolds claims that HE, and not the Speaker's office, demanded Foley's resignation. Then again, Denny Hastert now claims that HE was the one who demanded Foley's resignation. Of course, only a few days ago, Hastert told the media that the House GOP leadership didn't have time to demand Foley's resignation, he simply resigned BEFORE the leadership was able to confront him.

video
Democrat Rahm Emanuel talks about Mark Foley/GOP child sex predator scandal on ABC's THIS WEEK (it's good)
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2006/10/democrat-rahm-e...

Yet another House Republican leader, GOP Rep Putnam (R-FL), tries to downplay Foley stalking of children
http://americablog.blogspot.com/
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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:33 PM
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1. I just watched the video.
Emanuel wiped the floor with Mr. Putnam and Stephanopolus didn't seem too thrilled when Putnam tried to bring him into by playing the Clenis card either. Looks like Mr. Reynolds last minute stand-in didn't do such a great job reviving his reputation, just made it worse.
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:46 PM
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2. Thank you for taking time to make this post. I was out and missed it.
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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:01 PM
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4. You're very welcome. I missed it too so I was glad
to see it posted on Americablog
:hi:
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benny05 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:48 PM
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3. Emanuel is a DLC
And while it's good to get the truth out..

How about the many Congressional Races decided weren't worthy of pursuing? Most in rural districts. Sh**ty, folks.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:26 PM
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5. ya the 14th district in illinois
but heavy d was to important to the democratic party to find someone to run against him...shitty? no, fuck`d up
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:33 PM
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6. So what?
I like pie. That also has nothing to do with the OP.

It's pretty pathetic when Democrats are incapable of applauding Dems in leadership when they actually say or do something right.
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benny05 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:02 PM
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7. No, Rahm is pathetic
David Gill in IL-15 has a good chance to win the race against Tim Johnson, and yet, DCCC calls me once a month, asking for money, and I always tell them no since they won't help Gill. They also claim they will help everyone, which is what the script says in the phone banks. That's a fib. I refuse because he has decided to only help candidates around suburbs. Rahm is a scrub.

I think Howard Dean is right--fight every where.

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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:42 PM
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8. I'm perplexed. I think Rahm did a great job and put Putnam in his
place. But one point has left me confused. Here is the relevant segment:

Stephanopoulos: Did you or you staff know anything about these emails or instant messages before they came out?

Emanuel: No. George, never saw them. And I'm going to say one thing. Let's go through the facts --

Putname: Were you aware of them? Didn't have to see them --

Emanuel: Never saw them. Let me go right through the facts.
One, Brian Ross, who broke the story on your network, said it came
from a Republican source. Very unusual to do that.

Fact two, The Hill paper said it came from a Republican source.
All the Republicans and staff people are coming forward are
Republicans. Mark Foley, who wrote the e-mails originally, at the
bottom of this whole problem, Republican. The leadership of the
Congress, from Tom Reynolds to John Boehner to Speaker Hastert, who
can't come on this show--.

Stephanopoulos: So you are not aware of any involvement.

Emanuel: Never saw them. No involvement. And she said not
anything, George, and the fact is this is

Putnam: Was there awareness?

Emanuel: No--

(Overtalk each other)

Emanuel: Never saw them. The first time I ever saw these
things, right here when Brian Ross broke this show and when the Post
had the story.

What you guys want to do is take your dirty laundry and throw it
over the fence and try to blame other people for the problems.


http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/10/08/rahm-emanuel-s... /

Giving Emanuel the benefit of the doubt, I can't help but wonder why he repeatedly says "Never saw them".

And while giving him the benifit of doubt, I'll also play devil's advocate because when Putnam asked "Was there awareness?" Rham answered "No."




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