Hastert Likely Out as GOP House Leader
It appears Denny Hastert is out one way or the other.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s future is in doubt even if the Republicans retain control of the House because of unease among GOP lawmakers about his handling of the Foley page scandal and what a House ethics committee investigation might conclude about him, according to several Republican aides.
House Chief Deputy Whip Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) said last week that the House Republican leadership elections scheduled for Nov. 15 should be postponed until the ethics committee delivers its final report. House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) confirmed yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” that he and Hastert have discussed that possibility. “We’ll see how Tuesday goes and then we’ll make some decisions.”
If there was even a decent chance Hastert would be back, no senior Republican would be willing to go public with talk of change. It’s well past time for new leadership.