On his campaign blog, candidate/blogger Jim Esch complains about Congressman Lee Terry and the Foley page scandal.
Esch first says, (follow us here) that Terry is part of the GOP leadership, and therefore he’s as culpable as Speaker Dennis Hastert. In the Omaha World Herald, we then see that Esch says he’s glad to hear that Terry didn’t know about the inappropriate e-mails until the story broke in the press. (Esch asks if Terry knew about Foley – OWH – 10/4/06.) But, back in the blogosphere, Esch says that’s not good, because that means that Terry isn’t high in the leadership and if Esch is elected he will be high in the leadership.
So to sum up:
Lee Terry is a leader, so he should have known.
But Lee Terry’s not a leader so he didn’t.
Ok. Look Jim, aside from the scumminess of trying to make political hay by connecting Terry to some pervert from Florida, and your genuine confusion over where to go with all of this, consider a few things:
1) You’re going to lose this race.
2) You probably hope to have a political career after this race is over.
3) Your blog makes you seem like a high school kid who yells the first thing that comes to his head as opposed to a candidate for a major political office.
Making wild accusations about a sitting Congressman who had nothing to do with this scandal is no way to make yourself look like you deserve another shot when this seat is wide-open (in 2008?).
Calling on Terry to condemn Hastert, or whomever else – probably politically fine.
Accusing Terry of being part of the scandal, when you have nothing to base it on – not so fine.
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We’re also struggling (STRUGGLING!) to come up with a decent Separated At Birth for Esch and for Lee Terry. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail them or leave them in the comment section here.)