As Deputy Majority Whip, Mark Foley was one of the GOP’s key floor leaders in the House, especially since the GOP leadership shake-up caused Tom DeLay’s departure.
This week Foley abruptly resigned from the House over sexually explicit email and instant messages with teenage House pages—only after the media confronted him with the text of those messages. That the pages were male is immaterial to me.
Until Foley’s resignation this week, he was a lock for re-election. Overnight his Democratic challenger, Tim Mahoney, now suddenly has a huge opening for putting this Palm Beach, Florida district in the Democratic column come November 7, 2006.
What’s the connection to us New Yorkers? Congressman Thomas Reynolds (R-NY) of Erie County is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign (NRCC). Reynolds was informed of the Foley-page emails months ago. According to yesterday’s New York Daily News—and FEC records—the NRCC that Tom Reynolds chairs accepted “an unusually large contribution” of $100,000 from Foley in July 27, 2006.
Various PACs have contributed two thousand times to the NRCC in recent years. Mark Foley’s $100,000 donation this July ranks as one of the 10 largest gifts of 2006 for the NRCC!
Has the NRCC funneled any money to Sue Kelly yet in 2006? No.
The NRCC won’t do that until they think Sue is in real trouble. The NRCC usually waits to spend heavily in the closing weeks on most vulnerable GOP candidates.
So here is my modest proposal: Sue Kelly should refuse to accept any NRCC money between now and November 7, 2006.
If Sue is serious about protecting our children, then she should not sup at the table that overflows with Foley’s money.
— Leo Wiegman
PS. Other related questions to ponder include these:
Did Tom Reynolds’ TOMPAC funnel any money to Sue Kelly? Yes, on June 30, 2006 TOMPAC gave Sue $10,000. TOMPAC wrote two checks for $5,000 each to the SUE KELLY FOR CONGRESS committee.
Did the NRCC send any money yet to TOMPAC? No, none that I can find yet.
Did TOMPAC send any money to the NRCC this year? Yes, $15,000 on July 31, 2006.
According to the FEC, Reynolds’ clever acronym TOMPAC stands for “Together for Our Majority Political Action Committee.”