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Republican Mired in Foley Scandal Heads Up Musgrave’s Attacks Against Paccione - 10/9/2006

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
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Republican Mired in Foley Scandal Heads Up Musgraves Attacks Against Paccione

Angie Paccione denounces Thomas Reynolds’ dishonest statements in the Foley sex scandal and his dishonest attacks against Paccione’s record.

FORT COLLINS—State Rep. Angie Paccione today denounced lying attack ads by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is headed by Rep. Thomas Reynolds, a major figure in the Foley sex scandal cover-up.

Reynolds, who admitted to knowing for months about inappropriate emails sent by Rep. Mark Foley to young House pages, then later denied responsibility in the case, has directed more than $500,000 to support Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s lying attacks against Paccione, with $100,000 of the NRCC’s 2006 funding having come directly from Foley ($590,000 total since 1997).

“The NRCC is tainted not only by Reynold’s involvement in this scandal, but also by Foley’s money,” Paccione said. “They have absolutely no credibility, and their involvement with Marilyn’s attacks against me is downright deplorable.”

Paccione has repeatedly called on Musgrave to stop avoiding questions from the media about the sex scandal cover-up, but Musgrave has refused.

Paccione also has called on Musgrave to demand House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s resignation from his leadership position for his role in the cover-up, and to return the $35,000 Musgrave has received through Hastert. Musgrave has failed to do so.

Musgrave also has refused to join Paccione’s call for Foley to donate his campaign warchest to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which Musgrave voted against in 2003.

Musgrave so far has failed to demand any immediate accountability in the sex scandal cover-up, despite public admissions by Hastert, Reynolds, and others that they had prior knowledge of misconduct by Foley.

“This is a slap in the face for democracy and for family values to allow the Republican leadership to go unaccountable,” Paccione said. “The entire democratic process is undermined when that same corrupt, dishonest leadership is influencing elections with millions of dollars. If the congressional leadership won’t clean up Congress, the people will have to do it themselves, and they will in November, despite all the dishonest attacks being funded by corrupt and dishonest politicians and the special interests they represent.”

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