Friday, October 06, 2006
More Foley Follies: NY 19th District Democrat Challenger Takes on 6-Term Rep. Sue Kelly for Her Role as Former Page Board Chair
As co-Founder of the 70's band Orleans, John Hall co-wrote such classic gems as "Dance With Me" and "Still The One". Now he's running for Congress in Upstate NY's 19th district against six-term Republican Sue Kelly in solid Bush country (Bush won the district by 9 points in 2004). And he's gunning hard for her, coming out this week with a challenge that she fully explain to voters what role she may have played in the early days of the Mark Foley Follies (we'll be doing a more in-depth story on the Hall campaign shortly).
At issue is whether or not Rep. Kelly (R-Katonah) presided as Chair of the House's Page Board as underage male pages began complaining about Foley's inappropriate communications. Reports from her congressional staff claim she was at the helm from 1999-2001, but the Committee on House Administration said Kelly was chair from 1998 to 2000. By her own account, she "couldn’t remember" how long she served (as reported in the Putnam Journal News). According to the Hall campaign, it has now been discovered that Foley’s lewd behavior did occur while Kelly chaired the Page Board. In fact, says the campaign, a University of Oklahoma law school student who worked as a page from 2000 to 2001 said in a recent newspaper article, "It was like a running joke to look out for Foley."
"Rep. Kelly and her staff can’t seem to get their stories straight on her time of service to the Page Board," said Hall spokesman Tom Staudter. "We think there should be an FBI investigation, and, in the best interest of our country, Kelly be among the first people to be questioned by the federal agents."
"It is now common knowledge that warnings of Rep. Foley’s proclivity for lewd electronic communication with minors had taken place as early as 1998," continued Staudter. "How is it that the chair of the very page program she was responsible for, and is at the center of this controversy, was ignorant of what was going on? I think there are many parents around our country who would like to know the truth."