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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Rahm Emanuel Told A Fib

What did Rahm know and when did he know it? He knew about the Foley emails, and he knew about them over a year ago. Rahm's been a naughty chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. From CNN:
The head of the House Democrats' campaign committee, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, had heard of former Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate e-mails to a former male page a year before they became public, a campaign committee aide told CNN.

Foley, a Republican, resigned after the scandal broke. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other Republicans have suggested repeatedly that some Democrats knew about the e-mails earlier than they have acknowledged, but waited till midterm elections approached to bring up the issue.

Emanuel's campaign committee aide said Friday that the Illinois Democrat was informed in 2005, but never saw the correspondence and did not have enough information to raise concerns. The aide said Emanuel took "no action" because his knowledge was "cursory" and little more than "rumor."

The aide's acknowledgement differs from the flat "no" Emanuel gave in October when asked -- during an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" -- if he or anyone on his staff knew of the e-mails before the scandal broke.

Oh Naaaancy! That swamp has a mucky, murky layer of "Rahm 'Pinocchio' Emanuel" in it. I think it may be plugging up the drain.

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