Democrats shopped Foley story to papers
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