Friday, October 06, 2006

Candidates Still Cancelling Hastert Campaign Appearances

Reps sneaking out of the Alamo?

Despite an outward show of solidarity, Republican candidates are still cancelling campaign appearences with House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Hastert had planned to make a campaign stop in southern Indiana next Tuesday, to appear with Rep. Mike Sodrel. The appearance has been cancelled, according to the Republican congressman, who said, "I expect he's busy with other issues right now." Sodrel is locked in a tight election race with former Representative Baron Hill.

Major Garrett of Fox News reported yesterday that internal Republican polls predict Hastert will have a catastrophic effect on the November elections, and that candidates have been told not to appear with him.

Update: Two more Hastert fundraisers have been cancelled, one for Joy Padgett in OH 18 and another for Shelley Sekula Gibbs in TX 22.

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