KissTheSky saidWhen Hastert was Speaker, there was a lot of talk around Washington that he was secretly gay and had a thing for young boys. I didn't believe it at the time, but apparently it's true.
His wife was a very masculine high school gym teacher who mysteriously didn't live with Hastert... even when she came to visit Hastert in DC, she stayed in a hotel. Hastert lived in a small apt. with a young man.
It all makes sense now.
I had no idea he lived with a young man. It must have been common knowledge then in DC that he was gay and liked young men. Thus, the comments of Boehner and other Repubs about being stunned are complete BS.
When this story first broke, they were suggesting the issue was political hush money, but I didn't buy it. No one who knew stuff about his political past could bribe him since they would surely be as guilty as he in order to have knowledge of any political wrongdoing. So I knew it was sexual and since he's retired, it had to be criminal as well. Hence, it had to be sexual abuse of a minor and, intuitively, I felt it was of a boy.
Hastert was the rep for the district I went to College in in Illinois. He was a typical Republican on all the issues (gay marriage wasn't even an issue then, in the 1980s!) But he always seemed like a cipher to me.
I agree with the guy who said there should be no statute of limitation on sexual abuse, but is anyone else troubled by the fact that the FBI is indicting him not for sexual abuse (which isn't their jurisdiction) but for lying about what he was doing with his bank withdrawals? I'm an American and, frankly, I don't think it's any of the FBI's damned business what I'm doing with my money unless they have direct evidence I'm using it for illegal purposes. It would seem this investigation was triggered simply by the fact that he was withdrawing sums greater than 10,000 dollars out of his account. This isn't about defending Hastert, it's about another example of federal overreach. In the last 15 years, they have increasingly conducted investigations and indicted people for stuff that doesn't even sound illegal. They have also harassed whistleblowers who revealed the tapping of millions of Americans' phones. They have run guns for drugs in the Southwest. For the first time in my life, I'm more afraid of the government than those crazy state militias--where does the surveillance, bogus indictment and harassment end.
A few fact checks:
Hastert was second, not third in line to be President. The President isn't in the line to be President--he's already President. It's first the VP, then the Speaker.
Hastert was not the longest serving Speaker; he was only the longest serving Republican Speaker. Several democrats hold the post longer than he did. Sam Rayburn held it for 17 years and Tip O'Neill was Speaker for ten years. Hastert only had it for 8 years--besides Tom DeLay really ran congress during Hastert's whole reign.