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Will Musgrave Continue to Cover Up Foley Sex Scandal? - 10/5/2006

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
(970) 222-6397

Will Musgrave Continue to Cover Up Foley Sex Scandal?

Marilyn Musgrave has dodged questions about her party leadership’s role in sex case.

FORT COLLINS—State Rep. Angie Paccione today again called upon Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave to stop covering up her party leadership’s role in the Foley sex scandal in Washington, D.C., and to come out firmly against House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s immoral—if not illegal—behavior and demand his resignation.

An article in the Rocky Mountain News yesterday reported that “Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Fort Morgan, ignored the Hastert question in a release Tuesday but said she had ‘no tolerance’ for people who engage in sexual activity with minors.” The Denver Post today reported that Musgrave’s office “did not return calls seeking comment.”

Paccione said Musgrave is choosing to sweep the scandal under the rug rather than stand up for the strong values that Musgrave has continually professed. Other House Republicans, including the former Ethics Committee chair, Rep. Joel Hefley, have harshly criticized the fact that the ethics committee wasn’t told about the misconduct immediately.

“It’s a no-brainer for her to say she doesn’t condone sexual relations with minors, but where does Marilyn Musgrave stand on a years-long cover-up of those sexual relations?” Paccione said. “If she doesn’t condemn Hastert for his conduct and demand he step down, she’s no better than the people in her party’s leadership who looked the other way while young boys were being preyed upon.”

Paccione said that Musgrave is covering up for Hastert as a returned favor for his appearance in August at a fundraiser in Loveland. She also called upon Musgrave to return the tainted $20,000 she took from Hastert’s Keep Our Majority PAC.

“Will Marilyn continue to cave in to the powerful politicians in Congress, even after such flagrantly illegal and immoral behavior?” Paccione asked. “It’s time for principled leadership in Congress, for a change.”

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