ABC's Teddy Davis and Lindsey Ellerson report: NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) has launched a new television ad in which he says of former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL): "Nobody's angrier and more disappointed than me that I didn't catch his lies. I trusted that others had investigated. Looking back, more should have been done, and for that I am sorry."
Reynolds went on the air defending himself in two Foley-related ads after the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) began broadcasting a hard-hitting radio ad questioning whether Reynolds had done all he could after hearing a complaint about Foley from Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) in the spring of 2006.
Here is the script of Reynolds' 60-second ad: "I'm Tom Reynolds and I approve this message to let you know the facts. This spring I was told about odd, but not explicit emails between Mark Foley and a page. I never saw a single email, not one. Even so, I reported what I'd been told to the speaker of the house. At the time, I thought I'd done the right thing. I have since learned that newspapers in Florida and the FBI had copies of the emails for months and that Foley had been confronted about them and lied. But, last week, we all learned of other emails, worse than anything I'd heard before. I immediately forced Foley to resign. Nobody's angrier and more disappointed than me that I didn't catch his lies. I trusted that others had investigated. Looking back, more should have been done and for that, I am sorry."
This is the script of Reynolds' 30-second ad: "I'm Tom Reynolds and I approve this message. "This spring I was told about odd, but not explicit emails from Mark Foley. Even though I never saw the emails, I reported what I'd been told. I have since learned newspapers and the FBI had these emails for months and Foley lied about them. Later, worse emails were revealed so I forced him to resign. I am disappointed I didn't catch his lies before. For that, I am sorry."
In the wake of the Foley scandal, Reynolds' race has gone from solid Republican to toss-up in the view of independent political handicappers. Reynolds is running against Democrat Jack Davis.
Reynolds' New York district includes the small towns, rural areas, and suburbs that stretch between Buffalo and Rochester.