Foley Effect

The scandal surrounding Florida Rep. Mark Foley is reverberating pretty loudly in New York.

First, the seat of upstate Republican Rep. Tom Reynolds is likely to become more competitive as it becomes known that, as head of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, Reynolds may have been aware Foley’s inappropriate emails a year ago. And did nothing.

An aide to Reynolds, who used to work for Foley, tried “to get ABC News to cover up the worst part” according to Americablog.

Second, the Foley scandal now means Democrats need only 14 seats to win back control of the House, making it that much more like that this guy could be chairing the Ways and Means Committee next year.

– Azi Paybarah