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Foley scandal helped GOP lose House

A report issued Friday from the U.S. House ethics committee seemed to end with a whimper the major morals scandal that broke months ago. But it didnít.

Republican leaders, the committee report concluded, didnít oversee the young male pages serving the Congress as they should have.

The admission comes in the ex-Rep. Mark Foley scandal that rocked Congress in the days leading up to the Nov. 7 General Election.

The committee, while citing negligence, said GOP leaders didnít break any rules in not reacting to rumors of Mr. Foley being overly friendly with male pages.

Suspicion of a coverup in the case went all the way up to Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Even with all the denials and lack of substantive faultfinding, the Foley scandal cost Republicans greatly.

Mr. Foley lost his seat and Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives.

The Foley scandal may have been what made American voters finally say theyíd had enough of what Democrats called a culture of corruption.

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