Charles Babington and Jonathan Wiseman report on the Foley resignation in todays Washington Post. Most disturbingly, they report that
House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of inappropriate "contact" between Foley and a
16-year-old page. Boehner said he then told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
In other words, keeping a majority seems more important to the House leadership than disciplining a member who is endangering young Pages. The people of Leader Boehner's and Speaker Hastert's districts need to ask themselves if they believe the same thing. If they do, they should return Mr. Hastert and Mr. Boehner to Congress, they are saying that partisanship is more important to them as well. If these men had any decency, they would resign now and not force their constituents into such a choice. Given how they have run the House the last several years, I do not expect it.
It is time for their constituents to send the message that they put decency over partisanship.