- FEENEY WATCH: Is the Corrupt GOP Congressman and Alleged
Vote-Rigging Conspirator in Trouble? Latest Straw Poll, Behavior Indicates
- CLINT CURTIS TO THE HILL: 'If I win Feeney will be in
jail. He's acting frantic because he is frantic'
- Signs (along with the desperate and shameful campaign
smear website and smear blog he created) that Tom Feeney (R-Abramoff)
- may be in trouble down in Florida in his race against
whistleblower-turned-opponent Clint Curtis in the 24th district congressional
- This today from from the Orlando Sentinel (who had previously
endorsed Curtis' primary opponent, before he thumped him 2 to 1 in the
- POLITICAL PULSE
- Hobnob votes could provide some hints about general
- Straw votes taken at political hobnobs are often wildly
off the mark. But they're still fun.
- Here are some results from last week's hobnob sponsored
by the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Bill Nelson whipped up on Katherine Harris in the U.S.
- Congressional incumbents John Mica and Tom Feeney won,
though Feeney's race was much closer.
- Also, as it's been reported that the House GOP leadership
was informed about Rep. Mark
- 's predatory behavior with minors in the Congressional
page program months ago and apparently took no action, it's fair to ask
what Feeney, as both a Deputy Whip in the House and a fellow member of
the Florida caucus, knew about Foley's behavior and when he knew it.
- Feeney's campaign, by the way, has received money from
Foley in the past, according to this report from MyDD.
- Like his colleague Foley, Feeney has enjoyed trumpeting
his own work in the House to create legislation to protect children from
predatory behavior. Like Foley, (and those Feeney hangs with from DeLay
to Abramoff to Ney to Cunningham to Jeb and George W.),
- he's never been big on transparency or honesty either.
So we expect he'll do whatever he can to dance, dodge and otherwise obfuscate
on this matter as usual, unless someone holds his feet to the fire.
- .Ohand this from The Hill last week, in response to Feeney's
"crazy" campaign smear sites:
- And the accusations of mental illness? A desperate measure,
Curtis says. "If I win and get investigations going, he'll be in jail,"
he said. "He's acting frantic because he is frantic."
- WHAT DID FEENEY KNOW ABOUT COLLEAGUE MARK FOLEY'S PREDATORY
BEHAVIOR, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?
- Candidate Clint Curtis Calls on Deputy Whip Tom Feeney
to Clarify Personal Knowledge of Rep. Foley's Sexual Overtures to Minors
- Clint Curtis, Democratic challenger to Rep. Tom Feeney
in Florida's 24th
- Congressional District, today called on his opponent,
a Deputy Whip in the GOP House leadership, to fully explain his involvement
in the latest scandal embroiling the House Republicans. As reported
by AP, the GOP House Leadership were informed of disgraced Rep. Mark Foley's
(R-FL-16) abhorrent sexual predatory behavior with minors in the congressional
page program nearly a year ago, yet apparently took no action until
forced by public outcry last Friday.
- As a member of the GOP leadership, Feeney worked closely
with Foley as a fellow Deputy Majority Whip in the House, as a colleague
in the Florida caucus, and on legislation for the House Caucus on Missing
and Exploited Children. Like Mr. Foley, Mr. Feeney has often trumpeted
his work to protect children against sexual predators. "If Mr. Feeney
knew of and let continue Mr. Foleys sexual overtures to a 16 year old male
high school student interning with the Congressman, his sincerity in protecting
children is definitely in question."
- "Feeney owes a full explanation to all Floridians
in the 24th
- District and across the state -- about when he learned
of Foley's predatory behavior and what actions, if any, he took to protect
the kids in this matter. As part of the Republican leadership, he
should be calling for legal and ethical accountability," said Curtis.
"The voters of Florida need to know so they can make an informed decision
about their leadership in Congress."
- "The Republicans waited only until the issue was
disclosed by the media to call for an investigation," Curtis continued.
"Hastert claims that he was only aware of 'overly-friendly' emails,
but if that is true, I find his judgment severely impaired that he did
not look into this that's a huge red flag when there are minor children
involved." Did Feeney ignore the same red flags on behalf of
- New revelations indicate the GOP leadership was aware,
as far back as 2001, that Foley had a "page problem", according
to ABC News. The report also says that staffers had gone so far as
to "warn" pages "to watch out for Foley" over the years.
- Curtis charges that the GOP leadership "did nothing,
rather than jeopardize what was considered a 'safe' seat. They made
a craven political calculation to protect fellow Republicans majority
rather than protect the children that were entrusted to their care.
They have once again put partisan politics above everything else -- even
above the children that work with them. We can't trust them to protect
our children, or our country?"
- Foley is the fourth Republican to resign from the House
under an ethical cloud in the past year, joining indicted former Majority
Leader Tom Delay of Texas, and soon-to-be-jailed Bob Ney of Ohio, who pled
guilty in the ongoing influence-peddling investigation of Jack Abramoff.
Mr. Feeney is the only remaining congressman not yet indicted, to have
received a posh golf junket to Scotland which was paid for by convicted
lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Once again this year, Feeney has been listed
as one of the "Most Corrupt Members of Congress" by Citizens
for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
- Clint Curtis is the Democratic Candidate for Congress
in Florida's 24th
- District. A computer programmer, election integrity
advocate and whistleblower, Curtis has charged that his opponent Rep. Tom
Feeney, among other well-documented misdeeds, asked him to create an electronic
vote-rigging computer program while they both worked for the same computer
firm in Oviedo, FL in 2000.
- For more information, see www.clintcurtis.com; http://www.citizensforethics.org/
- Join Clint Curtis to bring respect and courage back to
our Congress and our Country