And when the worst smoking-gun instant messages became public, and Democrat Nancy Pelosi called for an immediate preliminary investigation, as provided for in House rules, Republican Congress members voted against the investigation, effectively delaying the matter until after the November elections . . .
If it was inadequate, Rep. Sodrel, then why did you vote with your fellow Republicans to ignore the request for an immediate investigation? . . .
There's one big problem with Leonard's complaint: there was no vote on Pelosi's call for an investigation. A few days later, the Herald-Times got around to writing this correction:
Rep. Mike Sodrel did not vote against a motion made by Rep. Nancy Pelosi as implied in a Tuesday opinion column. There was no vote taken on the Pelosi initiative. The Herald-Times regrets the errors.
And what really happened on this matter? Not less than 10 hours after Foley resigned from the House, Sodrel voted to refer the matter to the House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct. (Roll Call #514, 9/29/2006). No link is provided to the Herald-Times. The newspaper doesn't allow online access to its website unless you are a subscriber.