Dennis Hastert was a high school teacher and coach. Then he went into politics.
After that he rose to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, earning a couple hundred grand a year while serving as Man of the House.
Now it comes out that he’s been indicted on various charges alleging illegal payments of money to keep someone known as Individual A quiet.
The money totaled, according to the indictment, about $3.5 million.
Here’s my question: How does a former teacher/coach-turned politician come up with that kind of alleged hush money?
Oh, and there’s this issue of sexual abuse of at least one young man.
The man’s sister has come forward to allege that Hastert abused her older brother when the boy was in high school. The boy grew up, but then died of AIDS complications a few years ago. He’s not around to corroborate any of the allegations, but sis is making plenty of noise about it now.
Hastert has been hiding since news of the indictment broke. He’ll supposedly come out of hiding on Tuesday when he’s arraigned on the charges brought. The indictment doesn’t accuse the former speaker of sexual abuse; it centers only on the money part.
What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a seriously weird case that could turn into one of the bizarre scandals of modern times.