U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., said the Foley scandal could impact Republicans' chances in several Illinois congressional races.Sure it's a problem, but Pete wouldn't turn his back on his post-DeLay champion, Coach Hastert?
"We were going to have a tough time as it is, even though things had really turned around the last three weeks," LaHood said. "But let's face it, all of us are facing questions from our constituents... I do think people like Peter Roskam and David McSweeney and Andrea Zinga - this presents a real problem for them."
Roskam declined to answer directly when asked whether he would take campaign help from Hastert at this point.Okay, so Pete isn't sure that Denny could be an campaign asset -- even in the congressional district directly adjacent to his own. But that's just politics, surely Roskam isn't beginning to imply that Denny hasn't been playing it straight with the public.
"It's a story that is changing literally now every two or three hours, every time you go online there's a new incarnation of a version of the story and I'm going to wait for all the facts to lay themselves out in terms of who knew what, when," said Roskam.Whoa.
He added, "I think the facts are going to bear out and then once we know the chronology, once we know who knew what when, at that time I'll comment."
Did I say Roskam is slowly backing away from Hastert?
It looks like Pete's about ready to break into a trot.