Statement from Congressman Doc Hastings
Wednesday, March 7, 2007; 1:33 PM
¿Ed Cassidy's call and the conversation that took place were entirely appropriate. It was a simple inquiry and nothing more - and it was the only call to any federal official from my office on this subject either during or after the recount ordeal.
However, if McKay was truly dismayed at the time about Ed Cassidy's call, I simply cannot understand why he didn't just pick up the phone to make me aware of his concern about my aide's call.
Tom McCabe of the Building Industry Association of Washington did contact my office in July of 2005 to ask that I urge the White House to replace Mr. McKay and I flat out refused to do so, which Ed Cassidy told him in the bluntest of terms.¿