For one, we’re hearing that House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), who’s been heaped with scorn and blame over the scandal, is planning a press conference in Chicago tomorrow morning. No word on what he’ll say, although speculation abounds that he may announce he’s quitting his leadership post — either now or after the elections.
UPDATE: Denny told theChicago Tribune last night he will fight on ..
In an interview with the Tribune on Wednesday night, Hastert said he had no thoughts of resigning and he blamed ABC News and Democratic operatives for the mushrooming scandal that threatens his tenure as speaker and Republicans’ hold on power in the House.
Hastert said in the phone interview: “I think the base has to realize after a while, who knew about it? Who knew what, when? When the base finds out who’s feeding this monster, they’re not going to be happy. The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by [liberal activist] George Soros.”
He went on to suggest that operatives aligned with former President Bill Clinton knew about the allegations and were perhaps behind the disclosures in the closing weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm elections, but he offered no hard proof.—–