Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yorkville High School wrestling coach Dennis Hastert holds state championship trophy in 1976. (Yorkville High School Yearbook)

Denny Hastert is announcing his retirement on Friday..."that's definitive"

Yes, the rumors were true. I think it's touching that so many of Bush's gang want to spend time with their respective families, don't you?

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert is expected to announce on Friday his retirement from Congress, a House Republican aide said on Tuesday.

"He is going to announce a retirement ... that's definitive," said the aide, who asked not to be identified.

His term runs through next year, and it's not clear whether or not he's leaving before then. Pity. Just in case anyone isn't clear about why we're not big fans of his:

The former high school teacher and wrestling coach was a loyal supporter of President George W. Bush's agenda, including the Iraq war.

Yes, it's because he used to be a wrestling coach.


At 7:17 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Hyyyastert's a goner.

Buh-bye now.

At 9:23 PM, Anonymous OxyCon said...

Here's some Ditch Mitch news.
Turns out Mitch likes to make sure his rich pals can flout government regulation.

Utah Mine Owner: Troubling Safety Record, Useful Political Clout
HuffingtonPost.com | Max Follmer | August 14, 2007 08:42 PM
In 2003, when safety inspectors ordered the owner of a Utah coal mine where six workers have been trapped for more than a week to shut down one of his Ohio operations because of repeated safety problems, local press reports say he did not hesitate to flex his political muscle to get the inspectors off his back.

West Virginia Public Radio reporter Jeff Young filed a story at the time that said Murray Energy Corp. CEO Bob Murray had a meeting in Morgantown, W. Va. with Tim Thomspon, then a district manager for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Young obtained notes from the meeting which showed Murray threatening to have MSHA employees fired.

"I will have your jobs. They are gone. The clock is ticking," Young quotes Murray as saying at the meeting.

The notes then go on to say Murray dropped the name of a pair of powerful Republicans in order to underscore his own political clout.

"Mitch McConnell calls me one of the five finest men in America, and last time I checked he was sleeping with your boss," Murray told the inspectors, referring to the senior GOP senator from Kentucky. The quote was repeated in an Oct. 2006 Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader article on McConnell's political influence.

McConnell - the Republican leader in the Senate - is married to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who oversees MSHA. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, McConnell has received $176,800 in campaign donations from mining interests since 2001.

Thompson was later transferred to an office away from Murray's mines, and retired from MSHA in 2006.

The Bush Administration denied that Murray played a role in Thomspon's reassignment.

Murray has personally donated $115,050 to Republican political candidates over the past three election cycles. He has given another $724,500 to the GOP over the past ten years through political action committees connected to his businesses.

"The ironic part is I am a Republican," Thompson told the Herald-Leader's John Cheves in October 2006. "But I don't think you should bring up politics in a meeting like that, involving safety."


At 9:34 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...


Wow. Just... wow.

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