Big. Big Trouble.
We caught wind of this and tried our damneddest to confirm it this afternoon. But we weren’t able to. Rep. Alexander’s office wasn’t eager to return out calls.
But now the AP has the story. And here’s why there may be a lot more fall out from the Rep. Foley (R-FL) story.
The page in question worked for Rep. Rodeny Alexander (R-LA). And the page brought the matter of his contacts with Foley to the congressman’s attention via a staffer, who I’m told has since left Rep. Alexander’s employ.
Here’s the key passage from the AP article …
The page worked for Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., who said Friday that when he learned of the e-mail exchanges 10 to 11 months ago, he called the teen’s parents. Alexander told the Ruston Daily Leader, “We also notified the House leadership that there might be a potential problem,” a reference to the House’s Republican leaders.
I assume that passage doesn’t need much unpacking. But let’s do it anyway.
So Rep. Alexander knew about this 10 or 11 months ago. And he says he notified the House leadership. That means Hastert and (at the time) either Tom DeLay or Rep. Blunt (R-MO). We don’t know it was either of those three men yet. But that’s what Alexander means when he says he “notified the House leadership.” They’re the House leadership.
If I’m understanding this correctly, that means that the leaders of the House Republican caucus have known for almost a year that a member of their caucus was having cybersex with an underage congressional page. And apparently they did nothing about it.
I think this story is about to get a lot bigger.