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John Laesch Punches Holes in Hastert’s “Faulty Memory” Defense

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GOP Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is claming his memory is faulty and that he can't remember whether or not GOP head of the RNCC Tom Reynolds told him there was  problem with GOP House member Mark Foley and inappropriate sexual behavior toward a congressional page earlier this year.

John Laesch, Hastert's Democratic opponent (and Iraq war veteran) appeared on Hardball this week and reminded everyone of Hastert's own words (video Crooks & Liars):

MATTHEWS:  Do you believe that Denny Hastert is a man of character? 

LAESCH:  I think that this issue has defined the clearest difference between myself and Mr. Hastert, that being I stand for honesty and integrity..

MATTHEWS:  And he doesn‘t?

LAESCH:  … and I‘ll let the voters decide where he stands. 

MATTHEWS:  But you‘re not challenging his character here or word?  Is that right?  You don‘t challenge his word here?  You think he might be telling the truth? 

LAESCH:  I will challenge his word.  I‘ll get out there and say so.  On page 186 of Dennis Hastert‘s book, he says that he listens to everything, and, you know, he knows everything that is going on.  Use his words.  Apparently he forgot, but on page 186 of his book, he says he listens to everything and he remembers everything.

John is one of our Blue America candidates whose campaign is getting a lot of attention, and the more people know about him the more they like him.  We've raised about $7500 for John over the past few days and the money will go to show people there is a viable alternative to Hastert.  New scandals emerge every day, and not only can the GOP not stop the bleeding, they're making it worse by sending in Dubya to throw him an anvil (who next, Mr. 18% JAR?)

John's a great candidate.  You can help him out here

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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