Reynolds Skips Debate On ABC's This Week
These are not happy times for Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-NY).
The Mark Foley scandal has captured headlines five weeks before the November election. Reynolds is one of several Republican leaders who say they knew for months about inappropriate e-mails Foley sent to House pages -- but the best Reynolds can do is say that he passed the buck to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL).
Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, asked Foley to run for re-election, even though he likely knew of Foley's "behavioral problems." (A top aide, Kirk Fordham, resigned last week and said he had long warned Republican leaders of Foley's inappropriate actions.) Reynolds' role in the Foley scandal is not only hurting Republicans' chances of retaining control of the House, but it may cost Reynolds his seat. Two new polls -- from Zogby (for the Buffalo News) and SurveyUSA -- show Reynolds trailing Democrat Jack Davis by as much as 15 points.
So maybe it shouldn't be much surprise that Reynolds wanted to avoid a debate scheduled for this morning on ABC's This Week.
According to the Associated Press: "Booked weeks ago for ABC's This Week, (Reynolds) confirmed his appearance on Wednesday. By Saturday, his office canceled without explanation and arranged for a substitute guest, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL), a network spokeswoman said."
Later, a spokesman said Reynolds wasn't feeling well.
I wouldn't either, if I was in as big a mess as Reynolds.