Democrats shopped Fo­ley story to pa­pers

The Washington Times Weekly - - Front Page - By Christina Bellantoni

Demo­cratic cam­paign op­er­a­tives pushed news­pa­pers to write about then-Rep. Mark Fo­ley’s emails to teenage pages in the hope that a scan­dal would emerge be­fore the midterm elec­tions, ac­cord­ing to a House ethics re­port.

The find­ings were bol­stered when an aide to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Illi­nois Demo­crat, said the con­gress­man also knew about the e-mails, which were dubbed “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” by the ethics panel. Mr. Emanuel, who was chair­man of the Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee (DCCC) when Mr. Fo­ley’s sex scan­dal broke in late Septem­ber, had de­nied knowl­edge of the Florida Repub­li­can’s e-mails.

The House ethics panel, which is for­mally called the Stan­dards of Of­fi­cial Con­duct Com­mit­tee, on Dec. 8 re­leased its fi­nal probe into Mr. Fo­ley’s be­hav­ior, scold­ing Repub­li­cans for fail­ing to act on years of trou­bling signs and nam­ing Democrats who knew about the e-mails.

CNN first re­ported Dec. 9 that Mr. Emanuel, the in­com­ing chair­man of the Demo­cratic cau­cus, was “in­formed” but never saw the

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