Missouri’s Congressmen are reacting with outrage about the conduct of one of their own. Northeast Missouri Congressman Kenny Hulshof says it’s appropriate Florida Congressman Mark Foley resigned after it became public that he had sent sexually explicit electronic messages to teenage male pages. Hulshof says the scandal tarnishes the image of Congress. He wants a thorough investigation of the scandal by the House Ethics Committee. Hulshof says it needs to be disclosed who knew what when and how they reacted. He also wants the Justice Department to investigate whether any criminal laws were broken. Hulshof says he’s not sure how the scandal will affect the elections. Foley is a Republican as is Hulshof. Northwest Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, a Republican, says this is a problem that surrounded a sick individual and whether it has an impact on any other member’s campaign is hard to tell. Graves says he’s disgusted by what Foley did, especially since Graves has a daughter who participated in the intern program this summer. He calls the incident very disturbing. Both Graves and Hulshof say they support Speaker Dennis Hastert, who has come under fire for not addressing the problem sooner.
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