John Hostettler is one of the candidates who probably has the most to lose because of the revelations that Republican leadership did nothing for months and maybe even years when evidence surfaced that Florida Republican Mark Foley was attempting to seduce underage, male Congressional pages. This is because Hostettler, more than most Representatives, runs on a platform that the Republican Party is the morally superior party. If that claim is seen to be a bunch of hoakum, particularly by the conservative Christian right, Hostettler is in big trouble. His campaigns rely heavily on a huge percentage of the Christian right mobilizing and voting for him.
So, some desperation from Hostettler is to be expected. But, stretching for a 33 year old Democratic sex scandal is a bit of a reach. At this point, the scandal itself, let along the people involved, are well beyond the age of majority. According to the story in the Evansville Courier Press, Hostettler castigated Foley, the disgraced Representative who abruptly resigned on his own initiative after ABC News confronted him with lurid communications between Foley and Congressional pages. That was the easy part. Then Hostettler, rather than going on to castigate Republican leadership that sat on the information for months or years, instead brought up a sex scandal from 1973 when Democrat Gerry Studd had sex with a 17 year old Congressional page. Wow. What’s next? Teapot Dome?