The sad thing is, it seems very evident that House Speaker Dennis Hastert knew about the content of former Rep. Mark Foley’s (R-Fla.) emails, and did nothing. Senior congressional aide Kirk Fordham’s statements are clear. Hastert knew in 2004, and late in 2005 saw copies of Foley’s emails and shrugged them off as “overly-friendly.”

Family values. Yup.

The way to beat any politician is at the polls. If we want someone out of office, we vote them out. The problem is, the Democrats have a real dud this year in Hastert’s district. John Laesch’s puerile behavior in this campaign leaves the voters with a hard choice: re-elect Denny Hastert, or send a man with sub-adolescent mentality to Washington.

One of Laesch’s stunts included the following:

Hastert apparently enjoys morning coffee at the same shop regularly in his district when he’s in town. One morning, candidate for United States Congress John Laesch thought it would be funny to stop by the coffee shop while Hastert was inside getting his coffee. Laesch put one of his campaign’s bumper stickers on Hastert’s car, and posed next to the vehicle for a photograph.

This behavior is beneath adolescent. Too bad the Dems are running a dud. They’ll have to re-organize for 2 years and try for the seat again. This year, it’s likely to be a wash.