Fawcett Calls For Full Investigation Of Hastert’s Failure To Act On Former Rep. Foley’s Communications With Teenage Congressional Page

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According to information released by several Republican lawmakers, Hastert knew of emails since 2005. When the story broke, Hastert was fundraising for Doug Lamborn. Jay Fawcett, candidate for Congress in Colorado’s 5th District, today invited Doug Lamborn to join him in calling for an investigation into why Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and other Republican leaders failed to take action to protect teenage pages in the U.S. House of Representatives after they had learned of a series of emails that former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) sent to a page.

Jay Fawcett, candidate for Congress in Colorado’s 5th District, today invited Doug Lamborn to join him in calling for an investigation into why Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and other Republican leaders failed to take action to protect teenage pages in the U.S. House of Representatives after they had learned of a series of emails that former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) sent to a page.

“I encourage Doug Lamborn to join me in calling for a full investigation of Speaker Hastert’s failed actions regarding Mr. Foley’s despicable conduct,” said Fawcett. “We need to protect our children from sexual predators and we need our leaders to take immediate action to create a safe environment for children.”

According to information released by several Republican lawmakers, top House Republicans had known for months about e-mails between Foley and a teenager, but kept the matter secret – even allowing Foley to remain the head of a Congressional caucus on exploited children, as reported by The New York Times.

Hastert was on a campaign trip – including a stop in Colorado Springs campaigning for Doug Lamborn – when it was revealed that Hastert and his staff had known since the fall of 2005 about Foley’s email exchange with the 16-year old page, according to an article in The Hill.

“It’s clear from the reports and statements that have emerged that Republican leaders put more importance on winning an election than on protecting our children,” said Fawcett. “Sitting on evidence of predatory behavior and not acting is the equivalent of allowing this behavior to go on unchecked. We need to put the need of our children ahead of petty politics.”

Hastert was in Colorado Springs last week in an attempt to shore up Lamborn’s significant lack of credibility on military matters. According to The Hill, “Hastert left Washington, D.C. Friday night to attend a campaign event in Colorado to benefit GOP candidate Doug Lamborn. During the event, Hastert promised to support Lamborn’s bid for a seat on the Armed Services Committee if he is elected to Congress, according to a release from Lamborn’s campaign.” At the letter presentation on Saturday, Hastert was not present.

About Jay Fawcett

Colorado Springs resident Jay Fawcett is a graduate, former professor, and a former headquarters’ squadron commander of the Air Force Academy. He was deployed in the first Gulf War serving in Desert Shield and the initial helicopter assault into Iraq during Desert Storm. Fawcett was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions. At Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Jay served on the staff of the Deputy Commander for Operations of Air Combat Command. In 1998, after serving his country in combat and during the Cold War, Lt Col Fawcett retired from the Air Force and began working as a defense contractor including support of US Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base.

Fawcett’s broad appeal – his military background and small business experience – cuts across traditional political boundaries. He has been endorsed by individuals and organizations that represent the needs and wishes of the people of CD-5, including the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the former Supreme Allied Commander; The Retired Enlisted Association Senior Citizens League, VETPAC, organized labor and a number of leading Republicans in    CD-5. For more information on Jay and his campaign, visit http://www.fawcett4congress.com/

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