Tuesday, Congressman Dale Kildee’s accusers employed an anonymous media smear campaign. Here is part one of the transcript (comments in bold).
6 Questions the Media Aren’t Asking Accused Molester Congressman Kildee
1. Dale Kildee claims his decision to not seek re-election wasn’t prompted by the molestation allegation. If that is the case, why did Dale Kildee announce his retirement at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday in late July, according to the time and date stamp of a press release on his congressional website?
Congressman Kildee said he was never aware of a federal investigation. Mr. Kildee has consistently acknowledged ongoing allegations by Patrick Kildee as well as Michael Moon, a former 5th District Libertarian candidate and Jon Yinger, the religious broadcaster and Republican contributor.
2. The Flint Journal reports that Dale Kildee said he was unaware of a complaint before the House ethics committee when he announced his retirement However, WNEM reports it conducted a 6-month investigation into the molestation allegation and documents posted on the WNEM website indicate reporter Katie Mara and news director Ian Rubin contacted Kildee concerning the matter beginning June 29. In the WNEM report, Mara makes reference to an off-the-record conversation she had with Kildee that came after Kildee called her cell phone. Was Dale Kildee untruthful to the Flint Journal concerning his knowledge of the allegations and his announcement to retire from Congress?
The fact is the House ethics committee refused to comment at all on these charges. It is a part of due process to pursue serious charges through the majesty of judicial process rather than the circus of public opinion. Mr. Kildee has reportedly appealed his case to the authorities rather than the media.
3. Kildee sat on the committee that oversaw the House Page Program until the program was canceled in August, which was in the midst of WNEM’s exhaustive investigation. When Democrats were in majority until January 2011, Kildee was chairman of the committee and effectively the C.E.O. of the program. Did the cancellation of the page program have anything to do with either the ethics committee complaint or the WNEM investigation of the molestation allegation?
Actually, the House was specific in its reasons for cancelling the page program. The main job of pages was to carry messages between congressmen and their staff. Email made the $5 million per year page program obsolete. The smear campaign must know this.