Congress Why Foley Stood Idle

Faced with an odious whispering campaign, he refused to act against the House bank's proprietor

It was a moment House Speaker Tom Foley must have dreaded since the congressional check-kiting scandal hit the headlines last year. Texas Democrat John Bryant stepped up to the lectern and said, "For Tom Foley, political leadership is not a responsibility which he relishes. I call on ((him)) to retire."

Bryant was publicly voicing what a growing number of House Democrats have been saying behind closed doors. To them, Foley could have cleaned up the House bank before it grew into the most damaging congressional scandal in decades. Instead, he has exposed them to ridicule -- and possible defeat this November...

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