by Max Brantley
Democrat Woody Anderson calls out his opponent, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Boozman on his failure to join principled conservatives in demanding changes in House Republican leadership for their part in the coverup of the Mark Foley scandal. News release on the jump.
A Republican Party response -- an attempt to change the subject -- is also on the jump.
WOODY ANDERSON NEWS RELEASE
Fort Smith – Woodrow Anderson, Democratic Nominee for U.S. Congress (AR-03), stated today that John Boozman’s continued support for House leadership involved in the year-long cover-up of Congressman Mark Foley’s inappropriate relations with high school-aged House pages shows how far the Boozman will go to blindly follow the directives of the Republican Leadership.
This weekend, Arkansans were shocked by the revelation that key members of the House Republican leadership turned a blind eye for as long as one year after learning that Republican Congressman Mark Foley had engaged in inappropriate and possibly criminal communications with under aged Congressional pages. According to media reports, Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, House Majority Leader John Boehner and National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Reynolds all knew about Foley's e-mails, but failed to call for a full investigation to make sure other children weren't being victimized.
While some of his Republican colleagues have called on those members of the House Leadership who had prior knowledge of Foley’s behavior to step down, John Boozman has not only refused to join them, but stated just yesterday that “he had confidence in Hastert” and the Republican leadership.
"The fact that John Boozman won't even take a stand against House Republican leaders who turned a blind eye to a sexual predator in their midst speaks volumes about his priorities," said Anderson. "No one in the Republican leadership did anything to protect these children. No one thought it was important to report this to criminal authorities, or to conduct a thorough investigation to make sure that Mark Foley wasn't threatening other children. Now, John Boozman stands silent too.”
"At the very least, it is finally time for Boozman to show some leadership, during his five years in office he has blindly voted with Hastert and the Republican machine nearly 100% of the time. This is just the latest example of how our ‘Do-Nothing Congressman’ has sent our country in the wrong direction. Not only has he failed to pass tax cuts for middle class families, tackle lobbying and ethics legislation, stop gas price gouging, protect our students from the largest decreases ever in student aid, or giveaways to the big drug companies and HMOs, now he is willing to rubberstamp the Republican leadership’s inexcusable lack of action when it comes to this latest situation. Arkansans deserve a Congressman with the backbone to stand up and demand accountability by calling for the resignation of leaders who apparently decided that protecting one of their own from electoral defeat was more important than protecting our children."
REPUBLICAN PARTY RELEASE
Clint Reed, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Arkansas, issued the following statement regarding Woodrow Anderson’s blatant, desperate attack on Congressman John Boozman:
“This election is about Congressman John Boozman and his vision for the 3 rd Congressional District of Arkansas. In case Mr. Anderson has forgotten, Mark Foley is not on the ballot here in
Arkansas . The people of
Arkansas and the 3 rd Congressional District are concerned about border security, taxes, affordable healthcare, and transportation. They are not concerned about political opportunists making silly accusations about the abhorrent acts of clearly sick individuals.
This is an important election for the future of our country and state. The voters must know about the clear choice that they face: The choice of Republicans who want to achieve victory in the War on Terror and the ‘Defeat-o-crats’ who want to cut-and-run. The choice of Republicans who have cut taxes and the Democrats who would raise taxes by almost $2.4 trillion. The choice of Republicans who confirm judges who will interpret the law, not legislate from the bench.
Woodrow Anderson should stick with the issues and stop using the playbook of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to make wild and unfounded claims.”