“A problem group of members and staff”

The former Clerk of the House reportedly testified to the House Ethics Committee that the Chief Counsel and floor manager for Speaker Hastert was aware of problems going well beyond Foley.

Oh, my!

ABC News reports on the testimony of the former Clerk of the House to the House Ethics Committee:

The Republican source said Trandahl planned to name Ted Van Der Meid, the speaker’s counsel and floor manager, as the person who was briefed on a regular basis about any issue that arose in the page program, including a “problem group of members and staff who spent too much time socializing with pages outside of official duties,” one of whom was Mark Foley.

Well, that should set the cat among the pigeons.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

One thought on ““A problem group of members and staff””

  1. As the Rethugs prepare their anti-gay witch hunt it saddens me to notice that half a dozen gay staffers tried for years to get the leadership to do something about this. And the heterosexual leadership covered it up.
    Why won't the media point this out?

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