He's back in the saddle.
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October was supposed to be a busy campaign month for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) He had some 30 stump stops on his schedule. Most of his cross country travel was curtailed because of the Mark Foley page scandal. At issue is whether Hastert and his top staffers knew about Foley in November, 2005--or if some of his aides got a heads up years earlier. Last week Hastert and company testified before the House ethics panel.
Regarding his political travel--either Hastert did not want to go someplace, fearing his presence would hurt Republicans more than help--or a candidate did not want him.
Hastert this week left Illinois to travel to safe GOP territory. On Monday, he was in Oklahoma City and Richardson, Texas to help House candidates. He overnighted in Arizona and today, Tuesday, Hastert is headlining a lunch in Tucson for another House contender.