Now that all the lurid details have come out, it appears that my local congressman, Republican Mark Foley (who lives only a few miles away from me btw) sent lurid sexual emails to young boys working in the halls of congress. Some have charged that the House Speaker and other congressional Republicans had knowledge of Foley's behavior and looked the other way. For Republicans in Washington it is just the latest, but perhaps the most damaging in a string of scandals. The question is whether this scandal will hurt republican candidates across the board. How do you rate it among other issues and scandals including a catastrophic war and the Abramoff scandal?