Monday, October 02, 2006

Why is Charles Bass Silent?

On Friday afternoon, news emerged that Florida Congressman Mark Foley had been sending sexually predatory emails and IMs to former Congressional pages. Further, much of the Republican leadership in the House had been either actively covering this up or, at a minimum, putting their hands over their eyes and refusing to investigate when they knew that there was something worthy of investigation. This cover-up extends to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader John Boehner, and head of the National Republican Congressional Committee Tom Reynolds.

This should not be a controversial issue. A six-term Congressman sending sexually explicit messages to teenagers over whom he has or has had authority is simply wrong. Yet since this became public, the Republican leadership that has covered this up for nearly a year, and the White House, have sought to to minimize it, referring to it as a matter of "naughty emails" (even as IMs emerge that suggest that Foley sought and may have gotten private meetings with at least one former page), calling for investigations in carefully-worded terms that would leave themselves out of the investigation, and otherwise responding to this as a political crisis rather than a serious issue to be addressed in human, moral, and ethical terms.

Some Republicans, including Chris Shays of Connecticut and Peter King of New York, have called for the resignation of anyone who knew about Foley's sexually predatory actions and did not take action. So far, Charlie Bass has been silent. He has condemned neither Foley's actions nor the Republican leadership's attempt to cover them up. If Bass is the independent man of integrity he would have us believe, this should be a no-brainer. It should not be a decision influenced by political concerns. Fear of offending Denny Hastert or John Boehner or Tom Reynolds should not matter.

So I'm waiting to hear from Charlie Bass on this one. He's already late out of the gate - the principled thing would have been to be, with Shays and King, one of the first voices calling for a full investigation. Every minute it takes before we hear from him on this is another piece of evidence for cravenly beholden to the Republican leadership he is.

7 Comments:

Blogger gupta said...

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3:57 PM  
Blogger -epm said...

Charlie, as usual, is waiting to see what the safest opinion to have is. Then he'll "independently" agree with the winning side.

Charlie's as independent as a trailer from a truck... He's fully addicted to his Washington privilege and like any addict will do what it takes to keep the fix coming.

8:14 PM  
Blogger DavidNYC said...

What's so pathetic is that it's so screamingly obvious that the "safe" move (especially for an endangered incumbent who prides himself on his "independent") is to bash the leadership, ala Chris Shays. The fact that Bass is too clueless to have been the first out the gate on that one shows how poor his political sense is.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Ed Tracey said...

Bass has not yet been "released" on this issue....so don't expect him to reply.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_and_release_%28congress%29

1:22 PM  
Blogger gupta said...

It is, in my opion that you do not like the man Bass because he asociates with pedophile. is this true ?

3:47 PM  
Blogger MissLaura said...

There are many reasons to oppose Charlie Bass's re-election. The fact that he does not have the integrity to call for an investigation into a cover-up of a sexual predator abusing a position of power is one of them.

4:04 PM  
Blogger gupta said...

I understand the position of opposing Charlie Bass for associating with the pedophile but he has, along with the big business of America, ok'ed many many jobs from America to India and this has been much help to Indian people. Also, he has allowed for the increase of the H1b which allows many many Indians to work in America, make quite a lot of money and return to India wth these funds to establish ourseleves in the upper class of India and for this we are grateful. We do not even have to worry about serving in your military to fight which is win win for us. More people in the USA Congress like Charlie Bass will always be better for people of foreign countries.

12:51 PM  

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