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Sunday, October 08, 2006
Emanuel denies prior knowledge of Foley's contacts with pages
From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House Democrats' senior campaign strategist Sunday denied having any knowledge that Rep. Mark Foley, R-Florida, was engaged in sexually explicit e-mail and IM exchanges with House pages until ABC News broke the story.

"Never saw them," Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said on ABC'S 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos.' "No involvement."

Some Republicans have suggested that Democratic leaders knew of Foley's behavior, but waited until now -- right before the midterm elections -- to reveal it hoping this news would hurt GOP candidates in November. So far, there is no evidence that Democratic leaders sat on the information.
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