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Top GOP Staffer Reportedly Fired for Role in Page Scandal

October 04, 2006 1:44 PM

Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz Report:

The chief of staff for Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds, Kirk Fordham, was reportedly fired today for his role in the handling of the congressional page scandal, according to Republican  sources on Capitol Hill

Fordham, a former chief of staff for Congressman Mark Foley, reportedly urged Republican leaders not to raise questionable Foley e-mails with the full Congressional Page Board, made up of two Republicans and a Democrat.

“He begged them not to tell the page board,” said one of the Republican sources.

People familiar with Fordham’s side of the story, however, said Fordham was being used as a scapegoat by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

They said Fordham had repeatedly warned Hastert’s staff about Foley’s “problem” with pages, but little was done…

 …Capitol Hill sources say Fordham’s firing is being demanded by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, whose job is on the line because of his handling of the page scandal. 

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