Monday, October 16, 2006

Pryce Could Lose, Oh My!

A commentary in the Seattle PI paper reveals a small bit of information to voters in central Ohio:

...Two more members of the Republican leadership, Reps. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, and Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., migrated upward the same day on The Washington Post's list of lawmakers most likely to lose their seats.

Masters of the Republican House are showing Americans the truth of an old Greek adage: The fish rots from the head.....

Despite what Pryce might say, she is the fourth ranking Republican in the House. She, like those who rank above her, is responsible for the mess in the House of Representatives. Pryce and her colleagues looked the other way when Republican Representative Mark Foley showed inappropriate interest in congressional pages.

What other times have the Republicans looked the other way because they were so intent to keep their power? We may never know.

In the meantime, how is it possible for Mark Foley to continue to reside outside of jail. He is innocent until proven guilty, but is there someone investigating if, how, where, and when he behaved in the manner of a sexual predator? I don't think I want the Republicans to investigate the legal aspects of Foley's behavior.

....And from TIME MAGAZINE........

....Kilroy framed the election as a referendum not only on Pryce but on the Republican leadership in Congress and on the Bush Administration. "We need a change in Washington," she said. "We need a new direction."

The polls at the moment would suggest that voters in Ohio agree. Unless something happens to change the dynamic between now and election day, the state that in 2004 handed George W. Bush the electoral votes he need to win a second term could be a complete washout for his party this year. The Foley scandal, says Franklin County Republican Chairman Doug Preisse, is "one more pebble in a balance that was already weighted heavily against us."

Really. Are we supposed to have sympathy for the Republicans? The Republicans did it to themselves! The Republicans took trips from lobbyists. The Republicans got favors from lobbyists and special interest groups. The Republicans flew on private jets provided by large corporations. The Republicans took corruption to a new level in our country and Ohio. The Republicans looked the other way when they saw the suspicious of Mark Foley (one of Deborah Pryce's best friends). The Republicans can only blame themselves. Duke Cunningham, Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, Tom Noe, Bob Taft, Mark Foley, Dennis Hastert, Don Sherwood, Conrad Burns, etc., etc. etc., all are Republicans who served their own needs before that of their constituents. Shame on all of them!