Foley's Former Chief of Staff Says Foley's Behavior Was No Secret to Speaker Hastert

As the FBI investigation picked up steam, with agents contacting former pages across the country, there were new allegations that Foley's suspect behavior towards pages was no secret to the Speaker of the House and his top staff for at least three years. 

Kirk Fordham, former chief of staff for Foley, told ABC News today that sometime in late 2003, he told the Speaker's chief of staff that Foley was getting too close to young male pages.

Fordham says the Speaker's aide, Scott Palmer, then met with Foley. Fordham also said the Speaker knew about the meeting.

Fordham says there had been a series of warnings from page supervisors that Foley was spending too much time with the pages in ways that were inappropriate and would not stop.

Pages themselves say they had been warned by Republican staff to be careful around Foley.

"It was a slight cautionary statement, you know, 'Don't get too wrapped up in him being too nice to you,' and all that kind of stuff. You know, 'He's a nice guy but he's a little bit odd,'" said Matthew Loraditch, a former page and now president of the U.S. Page Alumni Association.

Fordham made his allegations today on the same day he was forced to resign as the chief of staff for another Republican congressman, Tom Reynolds of New York.

In response to a reporter's question at a press conference, "But should somebody take responsibility for what seems to have been a breakdown besides Foley?"

Congressman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) answered, "I'm taking responsibility for what I did."

Reynolds said he personally told Speaker Hastert himself earlier this year that there were potential problems with Foley.

"When I found out about this whole instance for the first time in the Spring of '06, I reported it to my supervisor, like anyone would in an office circumstance. I took it to the Speaker of the House," Rep. Reynolds said.

Reynolds says it wasn't until he saw Foley's sexually explicit instant messages on ABC News that he decided tougher action was required.

"When I saw the despicable and deplorable e-mails that no child, no person should have to see, then I said he's gotta go. And can we get his resignation?" he said.

A spokesman for the Speaker's office today denied that anyone from Foley's office made contact about Foley's contacts with pages.

Fordham says he did not want to talk on camera because he plans to contact the FBI tomorrow to tell what he knows.

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