My Name is John Laesch and I am running for Congress, against Dennis Hastert in Illinois' 14th District.
I want to thank you for coming here today and I would like to thank the netroots for following this important story.
Let me be clear about why we are here today.
We already know that Mark Foley crossed the line and maybe even broke the law - nobody disagrees on this point.
We are here today to ask, why did Dennis Hastert and Republican leaders try to cover this story up when they are always politicizing family values on the campaign trail?
Let me give you an example with a few words from a very famous man:
"Even though our children may be at home with the doors locked that doesn't mean that they are safe. We must continue to be proactive in warding off pedophiles and other creeps who want to take advantage of our children...."
These are the words of Speaker of the House, J. Dennis Hastert from a 1998 press release that announced the passage of the Child Protection & Sexual Predator Punishment Act, H.R. 3494.
Those are pretty strong words from a former teacher who tried to cover up the fact that one of the Republican members of his house was preying, in a sexual manner, on underage, male pages.
We know for a fact that both John Shimkus and Dennis Hastert knew about Mark Foley's sexual advances towards underage boys.
Eleven months ago, Shimkus and Hastert were finding ways to cover up Foley's affection for pages.
Surprisingly, today, they think that Mark Foley should be tried under the full weight of the criminal justice system.
Eleven months ago Foley deserved a slap on the wrist and today he should be in jail.
Apparently the word proactive to Dennis Hastert means wait eleven months then act as soon as you are caught by the media.
Here is what is going on...