The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday (hat tip to Drudge) that House Speaker Dennis Hastert is determined to fight calls for his resignation concerning the Mark Foley scandal, and blames the mushroom of attention on this issue on ABC News, Democrats, and billionaire George Soros (emphasis mine):
When asked about a groundswell of discontent among the GOP's conservative base over his handling of the issue, Hastert said: "I think the base has to realize after a while, 'Who knew about it? Who knew what, when?' When the base finds out who's feeding this monster, they're not going to be happy. The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros."
Hastert indicated that a former president may also be involved in the smear campaign: “Hastert suggested that operatives aligned with former President Bill Clinton knew about the allegations and might have been behind the disclosures in the closing weeks before the Nov. 7 elections, but he offered no proof.”