True to earlier reports that Patrick McHenry has become the designated pit bull for House Republicans, there's a quote offered from the quarrelsome Congressman in today's Washington Times. This staunchly conservative paper has been making much of a mention in the Ethics Panel report on the Mark Foley scandal that Rahm Emmanuel may have had early knowledge of Foley's unpleasant e-mails. The Washington Times is trying to expand this insinuation into a story, without any corroboration, that Emmanuel shopped the e-mails to newspapers before November's election.
Regardless of the absence of any evidence that Emmanuel had any evidence of Foley's sad correspondence, or shopped it anywhere, The Washington Times reports that "Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina Republican, called the news 'stunning,' and accused Mr. Emanuel of letting a 'predator roam free' for 'cold, calculated political advantage.'
Evidently McHenry is trying his best to live up to the expectations of Tom DeLay, the Congressman's mentor before resigning due to a scandal of his own. Back in April The Washington Times reported in an article entitled "Delay Looks for a Worthy Successor"...
Departing Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, says any of three colleagues could some day assume his role as leader of conservatives in the House.
Asked who might be the House's "next Tom DeLay," the former majority leader, once considered the most powerful Republican in Congress, named three Republicans: Rep. Adam H. Putnam of Florida, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana and Rep. Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina.
Mr. McHenry said, "I'm blown away ... I'm so excited that Tom DeLay would say that about me."