Monday, November 5, 2007

Attorney General Hopeful Under Attack

What is going on with Royal Alexander? Scandal, scandal, scandal: What else is new in The Big Easy?

While he was in Washington, Alexander's name surfaced in the scandal over former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., making inappropriate contact with underage pages. One of the pages worked in Rodney Alexander's office. Royal Alexander said his office notified Foley's office and then-Speaker Dennis Hastert's office as soon as he became aware of the situation. "I'm proud of how we handled it," he said.

Still, according to the page's parents, Royal Alexander also talked with them after finding out about e-mails, warning them that the media would call and that Democrats "would like to use something like this." A House ethics investigation found no wrongdoing by Royal Alexander, but the panel's final report said "some witnesses did far too little" to address Foley's behavior and protect pages.

Alexander also finds himself asked repeatedly about a federal lawsuit filed against Rodney Alexander's office by a former staff member. Among her allegations, Elizabeth Scott said that during her 2005-06 tenure in the Washington office, Royal Alexander harassed her with unsolicited leering, comments and physical contact.

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